Glow in the dark thread is an enjoyable way to include interest to all sort of cross stitch and embroidery designs. Stimulated by natural or artificial light, the thread shines when the lights are out.
While it looks terrific, glow in the dark thread has a very distinct feel than standard floss threads, and it can be a bit difficult to stitch with. These suggestions and tricks will assist you in making the most out of this specialised fibre.
Know your options
There are a variety of companies that create glow in the dark thread. However, the two most commonly utilised for cross stitch and embroidery are DMC and Kreinik.
DMC Light Impacts E940 is a 6-strand divisible floss. It is bright white in routine light and shines green in the dark.
Kreinik blending filament has a collection of fun, intense colours that radiance either green or orange in the dark. They come on spindles in a series of sizes. The # 8 braid is a great choice when stitching on Aida and works for higher thread count fabrics. The Kreinik thread is non-divisible, suggesting you do not need to divide it into hairs before stitching with it.
Stitch with short lengths
When you use Kreinik threads for cross stitching , know that it can kink and coil. To keep it more flexible, stitch with shorter lengths of thread preferable under 18 inches.
Unwind and accustom the thread before using
Glow in the dark threads feels more glossy and greasy than regular cotton embroidery floss, while the Kreinik thread is stiffer and more like a metallic. Both are easier to work with if you relax them first. To relax thread, stroke it between your thumb and forefinger a few times, or run it along with a slightly moist cosmetic sponge.
Using a thread conditioner or beeswax will likewise help make glow in the dark thread more workable. Run the thread gently along the surface of the conditioner or beeswax, and then between your fingers to even out the coating. Be sparing; you want a light finishing of conditioner or wax.
Work on a hoop or frame
Utilising a hoop or a frame when you will ensure the material stays tight and will aid in keeping the weave of the fabric open to decrease friction on the thread. As a result, you reduce fraying and damage to the thread.
Using a hoop or frame is especially helpful when stitching on black or dark fabric. For more tips, see eight ideas for sewing on black fabric.
Stitch gradually and let the thread untwist as you go
Work Glow in the dark threads slowly as they have a different feel compared to regular cotton embroidery floss. Take your time and achieve neater results.
Charge your thread
Shine in the dark thread can be “charged” with either artificial or natural light. When the radiance fades, expose it to light again to recharge.
Both the DMC and Kreinik thread will provide light for about 15 minutes in the dark and possibly longer if you use a black light. That way, people can admire your work in the dark even longer.
So there you have it — some pointers when adding some glow in the dark effect to your cross stitch. You can replace glow in the dark threads (or fabric) in any project, and you might just be surprised with the results.