After taking an extended holiday from stitching on Royal Holiday, I sat down last week and spent a few days putting in some stitches. There was lots of grumbling going on as I worked with the Whisper thread. Then Dani said - short strands and use a larger needle. The larger needle is easier to thread and makes the holes in the fabric a little bigger to help with pulling the thread through. Thanks Dani for a great suggestion. It works!!!! And so, we have some good progress!!!