Threading the needle
1) When preparing thread always cut thread from a spool on the bias. This makes threading easier.
2) When knotting double thread, make two separate knots. This keeps the thread from twisting.
3) Use beeswax on your thread-it makes the sewing go easier; while making the stitch stronger. And--as was pointed out today during the workshop--it helps the thread no tangle.
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