Shaded thread

Instructions

Instructions

The instructions say to "use a single strand and complete each whole stitch to get the full effect of the shaded thread"
I am not understanding where it says "complete each whole stitch".
...does this mean I use just 1 thread but stitch it twice;
ie twice from top left to bottom right then twice from top right to bottom left?
Everything else is 2 strands.
Thank you
Catriona

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Thank you
by: Catriona

Many thanks for taking the time to reply, much appreciated and very helpful.

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Stitching with shaded threads
by: Carol

When using shaded threads the colour changes along the length. There are various ways to use these when working a cross-stitch design, depending on the effect you require.

If you work the first half of each stitch along a row and then come back and work the second half later, the colour will most likely have changed. This can give a random effect that is pleasing, but not necessarily what you wanted.

If, instead, you work the first half of each cross, then immediately work the second, before moving along the row, the colours are more likely to match. You will then end up with solid coloured crosses, which give a more spotty effect over the completed area. You will be able to see the distinct colours rather than a more "tweed-like" effect.

On your instructions, it seems that just one strand is used when working with the shaded thread. Therefore, there is no need to go back over each arm of the cross-stitch a second time. Perhaps the thread is thicker than that used elsewhere in the design?

I hope this helps.


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