so, I did. I sat and thought about it. if I like or don't like something, I should know exactly why I do or don't like it and be able to articulate that the best I can.
I tend to tat with a lot of tension, when I loosen my tension, I am very sloppy with my tension. I try very hard to make all my knots exactly the same size, sometimes I am really slow at tatting because I am taking so much time placing them exactly right next to each other etc. When I am making a sample to test out a thread I am not so careful, when I am just making a sample to see what a pattern might look like I am not so careful etc. When I want to whip something up fast to test something anything out, I am not so careful, but when the project is ready to begin, it has to be just right, and I don't feel I can ever get it with embroidery thread.
To me, embroidery thread is to fuzzy, to stubborn, to un-slidable, to not tight tension working material, to ..... not me. I love the colors, I do a lot of hand embroidery and have probably a thousand little wraps of thread in boxes, all neatly put on the shelf, (well, maybe not so neatly) but I just don't enjoy the effects I myself am able to produce with it. I have tried from all 6 strands, to 1 strand, and well, I stink at it, or at-least don't produce decent tatting. I do like, when it is called for, the frilly splayed spit pecots you can get from multi-strand thread, but I just stink at it.
Recently I have been practicing working with looser tension, and my work has been much looser, sliding on the core thread much easier, however, my stitches have been a lot less even, and the work has been so much more sloppy. I am sooooo not happy with the work, but I suppose that will take a lot of practice.
The type of threads I do like are things like rayon cotton blends, Aunt Lydia's cottons, but it is hard to find that one in smaller sizes, Lizbeth, even though that takes hours to get a lot of twist out when hand winding it, polished cotton, and the like. I am always trying new threads, but anything with polyester in it I have found I do not care for, and anything with any type of coating on it I do not care for. I do like some nylons, however they are tough to make stay in place, being so soft and silky the knots often slide out of formation easily so it can be tricky. I would love to try silk thread one day, and I know I do not like anything fuzzy or uneven in any, anything with any blips or blurs in the size of the thread really bothers me.
Do I seem too hard and picky, or are others similar in their working comfort zone... I just find I am comfortable with certain things, and I really can't stand other things... I know some of the things I can't stand other people really enjoy working with, and that is great, we need folks who can work with all sorts of thing and I think it is wonderful to find people who can do things I can't, I really enjoy seeing other peoples work, it always inspires me to try new things, and then like Jeff's blog, it sometimes makes me think, ok Bree, you do or don't like this, exactly why... don't just say it, think about it.
oh, and here is a funny picture, just for fun :D