Tuesday, February 23, 2010

And now for something completely different - not 25 motif challenge related!!

Someone asked me a while back what threads I liked to use. I tend to use anything I can get cos thread is pretty hard to come by over here if you want something other than ecru Coats or perle cotton.


I found that the Anchor perle 12 was a delight to work with and was happy with that for a while cos the colors were really good.....THEN......


Dantatter - my tat and chat buddy from Denmark had some hassles getting some of Yarnplayers wonderful thread. Marilee graciously agreed to send them to me and I forwarded them on from here.
As a result - Dantatter kindly gifted me a skein of Garden Afternoon and I became hopelessly hooked on HDT.
(sounds so evil doesn't it?? H.D.T.............. "and what was she using?...M'Lord, she's using HDT......").


But oh it tis a WONDERFUL addiction.........


Skeins started flying all over the world. Yarnplayer, Tatskool, LadyShuttlemaker......they all became suppliers to my growing need.


So I started seeking more suppliers.. I mean - what if Yarnplayer didn't HAVE any Garden Afternoon or Tatskool starting keeping her Rainbow Brights to herself???????? OH NO>>>>>>>>>>>>


I came up with a few alternatives and have ordered thread from all of them. Just to sample it of course. Purely for EDUCATIONAL purposes......no problem here......


Anyway. The first I will show here is from KLMATTOX via Etsy.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/klmattox


It is a 3 core, firm twist thread.Gorgeous colors. Designed and made by a tatter for tatters.....
Best of all - it is 300 yards!!!!!. So being on a budget does not mean you cannot get HDT. The ball is a centre pull deal. I messed it up a little when I first opened it.
This is how it tats.

Now again - I messed up this thread while I was doing this motif. DELIBERATELY!!! So any lumps and bumps are the TATTER's fault not the thread. I am really rough on the thread when I test tat it. I pull some stitches really tight, unpick sections and generally give it a hard time to see if it will be worthwhile.
This one is LOVELY!!! Honestly - on the ball I thought it might be a bit fluffy - but it tatted up smooth and really felt nice to deal with. Doesn't tangle or twist and pulls even all the way. I didn't break it pulling up rings...but then I don't tat SUPER tight.
Overall verdict??
Nice thread Linda - you've done well and I hope to order more from you in the near future!!

4 comments:

  1. I love HDT and am truly addicted to it! I'm glad you've found vendors to supply your needs!

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  2. HDT's, I love them!! This is an awesome colorway you have shown here. I'm not familiar with the brand of thread though. I'll have to go check it out. Thanks!!

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  3. Looks pretty spiffy! I too am glad that you have found vendors to enable.... mmmm.... supply your tatting needs! Your work is so lovely - you need thread to match it!
    Fox : )

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  4. Oh my...the unrepentant thread junkie in me is screaming, "gotta have some NOW!" Normally I am not overly fond of 3-ply threads, as they have a softer hand and tend to split and unravel if unpicked (retro-tatted). But you say you gave it a good workout and didn't find either of those setbacks?

    Time to go visit this Etsy shop (and BROWSE...yes, browse...)

    Thanks for sharing a potential new thread source! The colors are just lovely. The yardage ideal for larger projects.

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