People get frustrated when their butterflies end up in knots, so pay attention to my tips in the video to avoid this.
And if you don't like butterflies, people use other things to hold the yarn. The tool most frequently used for holding yarn while weaving tapestry are tapestry bobbins. Kathe Todd-Hooker is an expert in different kinds of tapestry bobbins. This page on her store website shows clearly the different kinds of bobbins used. Kathe knows a lot about bobbins, so ask her which ones you need for the kind of tapestry you do! You can see her blog HERE.
|Kathe Todd-Hooker sells these bobbins at Fine Fiber Press|
I have also seen people use little plastic clips made to hold yarn colors while doing stranded color knitting or embroidery. Like these!
My personal preference? The butterfly.