hand embroidery thread

MaryToMarch 15, 2006

I haven't done this craft since I was a little girl and I'd love to try it again. I found a great book at the library of patterns. My question is about the thread. If I use 6 strand embroidery thread, how many strands do I use to stitch? The patterns are floral and some are small wreaths.

I do counted cross stitch so I have tons of thread. Is there a better thread to use than DMC floss? Any help is appreciated.

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Maryto, the number of strands to use depends on the project and the stitches. Is it counted cross stitch? You use more strands for lower thread count. The patterns should tell you how many to use, but if not, you could stitch a small part of the design with 2 or 3 strands and see if it looks nice to you - good coverage without looking bulky.

Hope this helps! Donna

    Bookmark   March 15, 2006 at 3:33PM
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I've always used two threads for regular embroidery unless it's outline stitch or back stitch and use one thread and small stitches, especially around corners...more effort, better results.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2006 at 3:59PM
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I usually only use 2 threads too, unless you are filling in a large space like a flower petal then I use 3.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2006 at 9:56AM
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