Thursday, 9 August 2012

Another use for Aurifil 50wt


I'm taking a slight detour from my usual posts here but I hope you'll stay with me because it's so worth it!

cheesy pose - no where near as beautiful as the arty shots on the Aurifil website!

I have used lots of other cottons but nothing beats Aurifil 50 wt thread. I use it for piecing, to be honest I prefer to quilt with Aurifil 40 wt but that's my personal preference. Aurifil is fabulous to sew with, I'm sure you've all heard other Blogger's rave about it and you probably love it yourself. Aurifil 50 wt is a thin, sheeny, strong cotton and I can't get enough.

Today though I'm talking about using it for something else, THREADING!!

I may have mentioned to some of you before, although it's not something I go around proclaiming (until now) but this is the easiest form of hair removal there is. It is perfect for those pesky chin hairs, facial hair and eyebrows (although I suggest you get the hang of it first lest you end up like Vanilla Ice!)

If you are already sewing with Aurifil, take a break, grab some thread and get hairless. I regularly de-hair my face whilst waiting for blog pics to upload, after a gruelling chain piecing session or just watching TV (not the eyebrows obviously).

I had to use my Photo Booth to take these pictures so they're not the best but you'll get the idea and then you can go hit YouTube, search 'threading' and watch some pros show you how to do it on video!

Basically you take some thread, about the length of your arm and tie a knot with the ends to make a loop (like the start of Cat's Cradle - very popular at my Primary school):


Then holding each end of the loop between your thumb and forefinger, use one hand to twist the thread - I twist it about 10 times. So you create a twisted section in the middle:


Still holding the thread between your thumbs and forefingers, make a pinching motion - opening and closing the thumb and finger on each hand, take turns first 'pinching' the left hand, then the right and so on. The twisted part of the thread should move from side to side. This bit is hard to show in pictures!


Once you've got used to using this motion you put the thread against your face/chin/upper lip and keep moving your hands and the thread!


The twisted thread pulls at the hairs and removes them from the root. It is no more painful than tweezing and to be honest it doesn't hurt me now at all. The advantage of threading is after a while the hairs grow back much finer. I react badly to waxing, bleaching is not my friend and everything else doesn't work or is too costly.

I genuinely like the Aurifil 50 wt best for threading. It's fine, strong and really catches those hairs!

If you want to give it a go, I strongly suggest using Aurifil and watching a YouTube video to get a clearer picture!! You've nothing to lose and you don't even have to tell me if you do! ;)


**This is not a sponsored post, Aurifil might hate me using their thread for hair removal!! I do recommend it for sewing too though ;)**


Back with some sewing soon, promise!

Linking up:
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Also now you should be able to recognise me if you're coming to the Festival of Quilts - I'll be there on the Saturday with the lovely Nat - oh and the two bumps might give us away too! :)

Finally make sure you check out my SUBLIME giveaway!

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48 comments:

  1. So do you recommend 20wt for a bikini line ;-) hahahaha!
    How do you manage to look so gorgeous whilst removing facial hair....its not fair!

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  2. fantastic post!! The wonder of Aurifil!

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  3. Hilarious - and Emily just won some too!!

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  4. Oh you never fail to amaze me - this post is amazing! Just think how groomed everyone will look at next year`s retreat!

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  5. Too clever! I wonder whether you will get a response from Aurifil?

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  6. Brilliant! And hilarious :o)

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  7. I will never look at you the same again! Too funny.

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  8. So funny! But useful too! Thanks for the tip!

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  9. Hilarious! You do realise that we're now going to be looking at every photo of you to check you've been keeping up with your threading routine, don't you?!!

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  10. I cannot believe you are recommending Aurifil to get hairless, that is genius! What out FoQ 2 pregnant ladies on their way!

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  11. Ha ha chick, you made me laugh. However on a serious note is it not a pure waste of good sewing thread?

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  12. Aurufill should sponsor you with loads of thread so you can have a give away so all us hairy monkeys can get a chance to win and finally look like nice quilters!

    Man - what can you NOT learn!

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  13. This is awesome! lol I love it! (Also, I found you from Alex of Aurufill's Facebook page.)

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  14. We are so meant to be friends! I love threading! I can't believe you know HOW. I just go and get mine done. Afraid to try it on myself!

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  15. I am sitting here laughing so hard, my husband thinks I"ve lost my mind! I've seen threading in action but never really thought it was something I could tackle myself. I am going to try it! I can't wax either, I get bumps. Same as using the stinky creams!

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  16. what. the. F. i've never even heard of this and it sounds so bizarre lol. although i did make the mistake of mentioning to my guy that i've got a bit of upper lip hair, and now he refers to it as my mustache. so maybe i'll look into this! have a good one :D

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  17. LOL great post! I've seen threading done but little did I know that I could do it myself in the comfort of my own studio!

    Jennifer :)

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  18. I just tried it.
    It works ladies!
    So tie that knot, twist that thread and yank those cottonballs off your quilting face *lol*

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  19. Hilarious! Got to try that. And cats cradle, brought back primary school memories ;) x

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  20. You are absolutely hilarious! This has made my evening. xx

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  21. Wow, this is such a good tip! I currently use 40wt (for sewing) :-) and i will try this method with it.
    But after your recommendation i am definitly going to try 50wt as well (for sewing )
    I hope aurifill rewards you with one of their georgeous thread boxes for this free commercial!!

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  22. You Are a nut! In a nice way, but, seriously nutty! That's why I like you! not just for threading though!
    (I must try this on my moustache!)

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  23. This is the funniest quilting post I have ever read. I hope you've filed it under tutorials!

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  24. As a beauty therapist you've made me giggle and smile
    LOVE this post xxx

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  25. Hahahahahaha! I don't even know what to say! I would probably end up like Edward Scissorhands!

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  26. I'll be there on Saturday too - so I expect a live tutorial!

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  27. I totally think you should win the random prize of the week for this lol

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  28. And to think a lot of people pay to get it done when they could easily do it themselves!! =D

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  29. I'd be scared that I'd lose an eyebrow!! Good on you for thinking outside the box. I found the end of the spool the perfect size template for some circles I wanted to appliqué, I felt that was a bit of a bonus- thanks Aurifil!!

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  30. Lucy - you get the award for most bizarre quilting thread post!!! I'm going to have to come back when I'm not so tired to try to grasp it properly!

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  31. This is amazing! I hope someone lets Alex from Aurifil know about this! Thanks for linking up. I look forward to many more interesting and informative posts from you.

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  32. Your killing me! Ha ha ha! You will write about anything! I am so proud of you though. I hate tweezers so I will try this under the chin! Because most of us are hairy.

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  33. What a fantastic idea! I have been wanting to try threading, but just haven't gotten around to it. I'll have to try it now!

    Thanks!

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  34. What a great and funny post! I never thought about that but I should give it a try ;-)

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  35. LOL! I had no idea that's how threading worked. I somehow envisioned a more complicated process ;-) This is awesome!

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  36. Obviously you're now the Aurifil expert; do you recommend it as dental floss as well?

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  37. Now I've got that song, Ice,Ice, Baby stuck in my head!

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  38. Well, as you suggested I watched a few YouTube videos then tried it with my Aurifil 50wt. I've never tried this method of hair removal and it worked like a charm though I need a lot of practice. However, after just a few tries the thread broke so I switched to Mettler, which didn't break.

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  39. You're a hoot!
    You've given me another valid reason for keeping my thread stash well stocked. ;o)

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  40. This is hysterical! I think I prefer the 28 wt for quilting, though :)

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  41. A gutsy post! I am always too embarrassed to mention my hairy problem & just tweeze on. I have just tried it on my legs & it WORKS!! Thank you. Now all I need is a volunteer to do my underarms... Hey - Girlfriend, want to do some threading?

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