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[Tips Discussion] Loop start saved my life!!

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Post time: 2015-5-5 00:50
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lol I know it sounds cheeky, but it is totally true.  The loop start is the single best thing to happen to my stitches!

Now, this is how to do it:




Take one length of thread double the size you normally do.  Fold it in half and put the loose threads through the hole.  Then take a stitch, and pull the needle through the loop at the end of the thread!!  This only works if you need to use 2 strands so it wont work if you need 3 or 5 strands, it needs to be even!
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Post time: 2016-3-15 19:04
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Loop starting is one of the best things I learned from the internet. I saw someone on youtube who did it from the front. Down topright,up leftbottom,then the needle through the loop stil sticking out and than back down left bottom with a little tuck to get the thick part of the loop at the back.
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Post time: 2018-9-23 09:11
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Thanks, I'm going to try this! What it would essentially do, would be make your floss last longer as well (if I'm reading/looking at it correctly) as you could use half the amount of floss needed, since you are essentially doubling each strand.
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Post time: 2016-7-13 21:03
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danineedsstuff 2015-5-6 10:53
oh and also, I do the loop method from the front. and you just do your loop like the picture, and th ...

amazing idea, I have never tried this from the front.  Love the tips.  thanks
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Post time: 2016-7-24 05:39
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Hammy 2015-5-5 01:55
Some think that folding the floss in half result in two half floss which spins the opposite directio ...

That is a good point.
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Post time: 2016-10-19 07:33
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loop start works well for a lot of changing for sure, but it does make the threads twist different ways. Might bug someone enough not to use it.
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Post time: 2018-7-27 07:39
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this is great, i will try this as turning my work all the time is a pain as my frame is terribly old, wobbly and yuck, think i need a new frame
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Post time: 2018-2-14 02:57
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I also use the loop method and it helps with keeping the back of my work neater. It can't be used every time but it is great when you can.
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Post time: 2016-8-12 15:45
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Love it! It's a great tip, never thought about it before, but tried it and it's truly useful. Saves up a lot of thread. Thanks!
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Post time: 2016-6-28 11:20
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I too use the loop method. However, I don't when using over-dyed threads as the color changes get lost.
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Post time: 2017-4-7 08:46
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update: Loop is great, to get the back neat and tidy! I need something like that for finishihng =)
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Post time: 2015-5-5 01:23
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Hi

Do you only use it when you are going to use up the thread? or what do you do with the leftover?

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Great, anything that makes stitching more enjoyable :-)  Post time 2015-5-5 01:36
You can always park it if need be, but I like to work with one color at a time, so I'll usually use the whole thread, then just weave it through the back like you normally do to finish off  Post time 2015-5-5 01:25
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Post time: 2015-5-5 01:55
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Some think that folding the floss in half result in two half floss which spins the opposite direction, and it can result different result than using two separate piece of floss.
I believe in it, especially when doing specialty stitches (satin stitch etc.)
In normal cross stitch, it can be a good technique.

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Great point! I wouldn't do this method with anything other than normal cotton floss, although maybe DMC light effect too, those things are tricky!  Post time 2015-5-6 02:37
That's a good point actually - it could happen. On saying that I've used the loop method for years and it works fine for me - makes life a lot easier. You can't use it with variegated thread though  Details Reply Post time 2015-5-5 23:41
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Post time: 2015-5-5 17:02
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Thanks a lot of that tip!!!!!!!
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Post time: 2015-5-5 23:41
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Hammy 2015-5-5 01:55
Some think that folding the floss in half result in two half floss which spins the opposite directio ...

That's a good point actually - it could happen.  On saying that I've used the loop method for years and it works fine for me - makes life a lot easier.  You can't use it with variegated thread though obviously which is a pity!!
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Post time: 2015-5-6 00:18
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It's a good way to start a lot of different stitching.............. I have always used it when stitching purse frames to my purse body.................
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Post time: 2015-5-6 18:42
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I have never tried the loop start, but if you are doing a cross stitch pattern that has a lot of colours changes (I have had 40 colour changes in 100 stitches!) it would make the back of the stitching less bulky too I should think.  May be I should try it one day.  
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Post time: 2015-5-6 23:50
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The loop method is probably hands down my favorite little trick to cross stitch. I will alter most patterns or my way of stitching so I can do the loop method. Plus it makes it easier so Im constantly not having to turn over my work which can be a pain with my stand.   glad someone else loves it just as much as me!!
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Post time: 2015-5-6 23:53
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oh and also, I do the loop method from the front. and you just do your loop like the picture, and then go back down the hole you came up in. be careful not to go through the loop though. You go around it! that way you dont have to turn it over!
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Post time: 2015-5-13 03:31
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Definitely have to try this! I hate running under my previous threads when I'm doing a lot of color changes!
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