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    How To Use Rajmahal Art Silks

    It is best to wind your skeins onto a card or spool prior to use. Remove label, cut the holding thread at the knot, then open skein out. Loop skein over thumb, then take the end of the skein and wind it thread around the hand, finishing with top over forefinger as in the diagram. Wind thread from your hand to the card or spool.
    If using less than 6 strands, separate strands singly after cutting desired length. Take the end of the strand in one hand, holding the other strands together with your spare hand. Pull a single strand straight up from the bunch. Repeat until you have removed the desired number of strands. It is preferable to work with, rather than against, the grain or "twist" of the thread.
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    Perfect Knots & Bullions
    The shine of Art Silk makes French Knots & Bullions simple to work, as the thread slides easily off the needle
    Successful Stitching with Rajmahal Art Silks
    Art Silks can seem a little "springy" if you usually work with wool or cotton. If you are noticing the"bounce" you can "calm" the thread by:
    • Passing the thread through an anti-static clothes dryer sheet
    • Running a slightly damp piece of cotton or wool along strands just prior to use
    • Passing thread through beeswax - good for additional strength when using Art Silks in conjunction with metallics, shisha and sadi
    • Spray thread lightly with spray starch.
    • Use the correct number of strands required for the work you are doing and appropriate to the fabric you are using. It is very important to use the appropriate size and type of needle for the task. Not all needles are equal--use a good quality needle. There is more information about needles here.