Sunday, January 9, 2011

3 strand vs. 6 strand

I put the finishing touches on the Valentine punch needle. I put a piece of spot dyed cranberry wool on the back, and added some homespun strips for hangers. I really like the way this one turned out. This one was done with 3 strands of floss, and I normally use 6 strands. What's the difference?

Here's a side by side comparison of the 2. The one on the left is 6 strands, and the one on the right is 3 stands. DMC floss comes in a skein with 6 strands that can be separated. Punch needle takes this floss, and creates small loops to create the design. Using 6 strands gives it a more primitive, rougher, larger look. Using 3 strands give is a finer look. It's easier to get detailing in using 3 strands.

I punch using a Cameo needle. For 6 strands, I use a number 2 setting and a medium needle. For 3 strands, I use a number 1 setting and a small needle. I found the using 3 strands I used less floss, as the pile (height of the loops)is lower. The weight of the 6 strand is more, as more floss is used.

I haven't experimented with 1 strand, or using a thicker yarn. It's still on my "to do" list.

I'm still in the job search mode. Something part time, but yet flexible. Yep, I'm asking for the impossible. After a position I interviewed for was filled (I think they are hiring back someone that was let go due to budget cuts, so I never had a chance), I have to keep searching. I have a lead that I"m hoping turns into something.This lead was a company that contacted me, a couple years after I sent in a resume. That's always promising!

~*~ Laura ~*~


Patty Sumner said...


Shakerwood said...

Thanks for the comparison. I always wondered but never took the time to experiment. Heck, I really haven't finished my first needle punch yet. I got frustrated and quit. I know I need to practice more!