Pick the color of floss you are starting with and cut a length about 18 inches long. If you go much longer than this, the thread is more likely to get knotted when you stitch.
Most embroidery floss is made up of six strands of thread twisted together. Depending on the fabric you are using, you will typically stitch with only one or two strands at a time.
To separate out a strand, hold the floss with one hand and pinch the end of one strand with the other. Gently and slowly pull the strand up and out until it is separated from the remaining strands. Only pull one strand at a time. Pulling multiple strands may cause the floss to knot.
Material Type: Aida Generic White
Sewing Count: 70/inch or 278/100mm
Design Size: 57 x 42 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 0.8 x 0.6 inches or 21 x 15 mm
Suggested Material Size: 6.7 x 6.5 inches or 171 x 165 mm
Stitch Style: Cross-stitch Using 1 strand
Good lighting makes or breaks a cross stitch project. Proper lighting prevents floss color confusion. Adequate lighting prevents improper stitch placement. It also makes the chart much easier to read. Light sources do not have to be expensive.
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