Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Railroading

I learned this technique around 2012 and use it when I cross stitch.  I think that it makes my stitches look so much nicer and neater.  I also run my threads through Thread Heaven before I thread my needle.  Since using Thread Heaven, I've found that I have less kinking or tangles and fewer knots with my threads.  Nice product.

I am left handed and do my cross stitching with the first leg of the stitch going //// and then complete the stitch by going \\\\.

With railroading I am using the point of my needle to separate the threads so that they lay parallel with each other, not twisting, not bunched up.  Smooth, even.

With the first leg, I begin the stitch going from the bottom left corner and as I am about to put the needle down in the upper right corner, I open up the threads and separate.  I keep the threads apart as I pull my needle down through the hole of the fabric.


I repeat the process with the second leg of the stitch.  Sometimes the thread can still be twisted or just don't lay smooth for whatever reason.  When that happens, I use my needle and lift the threads and work my needle like a laying tool, smoothing them out.  Sometimes I have to redo the stitch. Sometimes I have to pull the needle off of the threads and work with my thread, untwisting it.  Then I rethread the needle and start again.


This shows the completed stitch.  I do railroad both legs of the stitch. Doing just the second or top stitch is okay, but I find if I only do the top, and not the bottom, I can tell the difference.


Finished design...

Pattern of the Month Series 04/2013 - 10/2013
Stoney Creek
28ct Lambswool Jobelan with DMC and WDW threads
and embellishments
Stitched 2 over 2
Started 05/28/13
Completed 09/26/15
Number of Days Spent Stitching This - 53
2016 - Mounted, Laced and Framed By - LNS - Osage, Iowa
Hangs in my Living Room