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    • A waste knot is used to start that first thread so that you don’t have a knot on the back of your fabric. The way I do my waste knot, sometimes called an away knot, is to knot the end of your thread like normal. Then pick a spot on your fabric about 2 inches from where you want to start. Going from the top side of your fabric, take your needle through the fabric at that spot. The knot will be on top of your fabric. Start stitching like normal. Once you are done stitching that thread you can do a couple of things with the knot. Some people go ahead and cut the knot and weave the ends through the stitching on the backside, if there is enough thread on the back to make it secure. Others will wait until the very end of their project to cut and weave in their ends. It is whatever works best for you and the project you are doing. Hope this helps!

  1. What he said ^. And also, I’d like to save these stitches. Is there an archive available, in any format? I have a close friend in prison working on a 25 year sentence for DUI who beads for a living in there. He would like to learn new stitches and techniques, and I’m looking for a way to print out all the materials I can find to assist him. Thank you anyone who can help.

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