Tips on Tying Off a Strand

Waste Tail Illustration
The same methods used for beginning your stitching can be followed when you are finished stitching. Again, you will want to leave enough of a tail (approximately 3/4 of an inch) to allow for a sufficient number of anchoring stitches. Be sure to clip the tail off completely to eliminate straggling fibers on the back of your work.

Bargello Tuck Illustration
An additional method for ending a stitch is the Bargello tuck. This method should only be used when you are using long stitches, so there will be enough fiber to weave under on the back, without disturbing the tension of the stitches on the front of the canvas. The procedure here is to weave the end of your fiber through several stitches on the back of the canvas, then weave it back through again in the opposite direction. You should weave under approximately 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch worth of stitches to achieve sufficient anchoring. Be sure to clip the tail off completely with this method also.

NOTE ON BASKETWEAVE STITCH: When ending a thread, use reverse waste knot or weave into worked area horizontally or vertically ONLY (not diagonally).

Another common method of ending a thread is to run the thread under 4 or 5 previously worked stitches which are situated close to your last stitch.

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