This is my progress on the Needlepoint Polar Bear Present Ornament. The metallics are the new Kreinik Holographic Threads. The blue background is Water & Ice and the Polar Bear is Arctic Rays, both from Rainbow Gallery. Kreinik Holographic Threads are stiff so I thought I would use Thread Straighteners. They are a must for metallic threads and any other thread with a kink in it. Wind the ends of the thread around the Thread Straighteners, pull the thread tight and then relax it to see if the bends are gone. If not repeat, pulling tighter. You will get the feel of how hard to pull. By straightening the threads it keeps them stitching smoothly and stops them from popping up. That being said I pulled too hard on the Red Kreinik Holographic Thread. I actually changed the color of the thread by pulling too hard. I don't know if you can see (it's the middle of the hat red). I still love Thread Straighteners but be careful. Specialty threads may have coatings that can be ruined by pulling too hard.