You settle in for a relaxing session of stitching. You look down at your project and your heart leaps out of your chest. Oh No! You have shifted a row! Now, you need to decide if you are going to frog it or forget it.
What is Frogging in Cross Stitch?
When I first heard of frogging through a Cross Stitch Facebook group, I didn't know there was a name for it. It dates back to cross stitchers of yore saying "rip it, rip it" and that sounds enough like a frog to coin the phrase. We've all had to do it occasionally, but sometimes the question is...
To frog or not to frog.
Sometimes you need to rip out stitches because you misread a pattern or the pattern is wrong and you catch it. So, if you have to frog, what tools can help you? Here are some of my favorites from Amazon.
The first tool that we're going to talk about is a thread picker. This little tool has a sharp angled point with a finger loop. It is made of hardened steel and will last a lifetime. It is also made by a trusted name in sewing and quilting, Cutex Sewing Supplies.
2. Thread Nanny
The next tool to help with frogging is a Thread Nanny. You may already have one in your toolbox, but if not, this little hooked blade will help you not damage your fabric. It has an ergonomic design, is spring-action, and is very lightweight for reducing hand fatigue. Although it is not intended for cutting fabrics, it makes short work of the pesky misplaced floss. This one is a winner.
3. Seam Ripper
If you're feeling especially fancy, you can pick up this personalized seam ripper to aid in your frogging endeavors. Make note, its only purpose is to destroy the floss, not merely pull it out. Using this to remove floss will be tricky because of its curved shape and sharp blade. But, this cute one will still be a useful tool for you.
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