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: 14/inch or 55/100mm
Design Size: 83 x 83 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 5.9 x 5.9 inches or 151 x 151 mm
Suggested Material Size: 11.8 x 11.8 inches or 301 x 301 mm
Stitch Style: Cross-stitch Using 2 strands
Remember, cross-stitch is considered counted embroidery.
So count count count count again and double check your counting. It really helps minimize mistakes.
Gridding save you a lot of time (and your sanity too). Cross stitch is meant to be relaxing. Make your hobby hugely beneficial for your mental and physical health.
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