Signing Up the Kids for Kung Fu Lessons

As my kids entered school, two of them expressed interest in learning some form of martial arts. After checking around town, I found an instructor who provided Kung Fu lessons structured especially for children. I visited the studio and talked with the instructor while the kids looked around. It did not take long to decide this would work. My kids gained a lot from the experience. Along with the exercise, the training helped them to develop greater powers of concentration. That helped a great deal with their studies. They also found that the training gave them an inner sense of peace, making it easier for them to get along with others. Even today, my now-grown kids still participate in training sessions and local competitions. If your kids are interested in martial arts, let me tell you more. You'll find that instruction helps them in more than one way.

Try A Different Thread Type For Your Next Embroidery Project!

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When planning out your next embroidery project, why not spice it up by using some different threads? There are many different types of threads that area available for use depending on the overall look that you want to achieve, as well as how well versed in embroidery you are. This article will go through some of the different types of thread that you might encounter, and where best to use them in your design.  

Embroidery Floss

Embroidery floss is the most common type of thread that you are likely to encounter when doing embroidery. It can be used for all types of projects and is incredibly versatile. Something you will want to remember though is to always use threads from the same manufacturer, as some manufacturers will have different sheens than others, which can throw off the look of your final project. 

Metallic Threads

There threads are exactly as they sound. They are shiny and stiffer than most other threads and are not as easily stitched with as the regular embroider floss. These can be used for out lining or as accent, but aren't suggested to be used for the main body of a piece because of their difficulty to work with. This is not a beginner thread, but will as a sparkle to any project that you decide to use it on.

Over-dyed threads

These threads are variegated, meaning they have more than one colour or tone to them. Most of these threads are made at the same weight as regular embroidery floss, but can be more difficult to work with just due to the changing colour. These threads are best used in landscapes or projects where you don't mind a change of tone over a large area. Think of an ocean scene with lightly changing tones of blue for the water and light oranges fading to reds in the sky.


Who would have thought that ribbon could be used for embroidery? Well it can be, and the results can be wonderful if used in the right context. More often than not it is used more as an accent or border, but it does add a special something to the piece to have different types of media within.

There you have it, an eye-opening look at all the different threads that you could use for your next embroidery project. This, of course, is not an exhaustive list. Try other types of treads and see what the result is. You may be surprised at what you find! For further assistance, contact a local embroidery shop, such as All Sports Cresting Ltd.


7 October 2015