Tips For How to Thread A Needle
The thick or boutique fibers used in needlepoint can sometimes make it difficult to thread a needle. If you don't have a needle threader in your bag of supplies - and who doesn't lose these on a weekly basis? - then here are a couple of tips for threading needles with thread that refuses to cooperate.
|Some threads are prone to fraying at the ends making needle threading a tear-your-hair-out proposition if you don't have some tricks up your sleeve.|
Tip 1. Fold the end.
Make a tight crease in the end of the thread and push this folded part through the eye of the needle.
|Same thread, same needle, but the thread slides through the eye when the frayed ends have been folded back tightly.|
Tip 2. Make Your Own Needle Threader.
You will always have a needle threader on hand if you have paper in the house (or card stock).
Cut a very thin length of the paper, or card stock - about 1.5 inches long x 1/4" wide (the width depends upon the size of your needle's eye as it has to slide through it).
Fold the paper in half.
|A thin strip of paper or card stock folded in half.|
Place the end of the thread within this fold and slide the "threader", containing the thread, through the eye of the needle. Easy!
|The paper holds the thread and slides through the needle.|