There's only one thing you need to make your Halloween projects more
fun: glow-in-the-dark thread. Doesn't matter what your technique is —
weaving, knitting, crochet, quilting, needlepoint, cross stitch,
embroidery — you can add this creative element to the delight of
everyone. We mean it: people of all ages all over the world love seeing
things glow in the dark. Amaze your friends and surprise yourself with
how easy it is.
Kreinik makes five glow-in-the-dark colors, and they all carry an "F" (for fluorescent) after the color number: 051F Tangerine, 052F Grapefruit, 053F Lime, 054F Lemon-Lime, 055F Watermelon. Each will glow for about 15 minutes after being exposed to light. To re-activate the glow, simply expose them to light again. They are available in standard sized spools (10 meters to 50 meters) and cones for larger projects (just ask your favorite needlework store to special order). The threads are washable by hand or machine, tumble dry on low or hang to dry.
- Pick your level of glow. Kreinik Blending Filament is the thin, add-to-anything-anywhere fiber that is idea for knitting, crochet, and cross stitch. For needlepoint, where you need heavier coverage, choose Fine #8 Braid, Tapestry #12 Braid, Medium #16 Braid (the thread gets heavier as the number goes up), or 1/16" Ribbon. For paper crafts, weaving, or hand embroidery, choose any of the Braids or Ribbons.
Now add them to your design. If doing embroidery, use a
needle large enough to accommodate the thread easily and use about
18-inch lengths. If knitting or crocheting, simply work the fiber
alongside your main yarn, or use it for duplicate stitching. Need some
inspiration? This article offers great ideas: http://www.mrxstitch.com/
- Crochet children's slippers with glow-in-the-dark Blending Filament. See Moogly's fun and easy (and free) project here: http://www.mooglyblog.com/
Knit children's hats with glow-in-the-dark Blending Filament. Get Jessie Rayot's adorable (and free) pattern here: http://www.ravelry.com/
Cross stitch projects dress up your home for the holiday. Kreinik
offers so many fun projects, pick one or more to download here http://www.kreinik.com/shops/