In the last day or so I stumbled across a blog post where the person was talking about quilting. Instead of back tacking, she pulls the loose thread ends through to hide them. I tried to find the post, but it's not in my Bloglines archive - any of you know who it was? I'd love to link to the post. **Edit: Alex is right, it was Pink Chalk Studio
My reaction was, "WHAT?!?" The "what" was half "why didn't I already know about this?" and half "OMG! I wish I'd never learned about this." I realized right away that there were going to be countless instances when I would *have* to pull my thread end through because back tacking would no longer be OK.
Today I'm working on a purse, and I was back tacking the day away *until* I got to the label. This is the first time I've ever pulled my thread ends through. This is what I did:
1) Leave long thread ends at the start and end of each stitching line.
2) Thread a needle with a thread end on the front of the piece and pull it to the back of the piece.
3) Hand-tie the front and back thread ends on the back of the piece. Trim.
Below you can see the (terrible) before and after photos of the corner of a label with back tacking and today's hand-tied label. It makes a *huge* difference. The "before" isn't that bad, but it's not as clean and smart looking as the "after" label.
The tiny bird bag is all grown up. I've been crocheting up a storm. The large bag is 13" across at the top, 7.5" high to the bottom of the handles, and 3.5" deep across the flat bottom. The medium bag is 11.5" across at the top, 6" high to the bottom of the handles, and 3" deep across the flat bottom. I'm working on a small version right now. They'll be like a set of Russian nesting dolls.