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14 to 18 mesh gistening tubular nylon netting.
Flair has a nice glimmer that will not overpower the other fibers in your work. Its very subtle shine will add interest to your work. On painted canvasses it reinforces the color underneath. Flair is a tubular nylon netting that will unravel. There are several ways to control this. As with the other chainettes, the same hints work. Use a larger than normal needle coming straight up and straight down through the canvas, being careful not to drag the Flair. A small amount of Fray Check or clear nail polish on the end after you thread your needle is another way to solve this problem. Cutting Flair on a severe diagonal can help. Also piercing the Flair with the needle has been suggested. After you thread the needle, pass the needle through the Flair near the end. This makes a small knot that tends to hold the yarn together. Practice will help you control the yarn, as your own personal stitching technique is as important as any trick. Remember to lay Flair, as you do not want it to twist. The effect will be well worth the effort. Other yarns may be inserted inside Flair that will change its look. A strand of floss can change the color just enough to give unlimited shading. Use a rug needle turned upside down to slip a fiber inside the Flair.
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