Embroidery Floss Strands

by Lynn
(Oroville, CA, USA)

I have had a kit for years of a pre-stamped dreamland baby quilt kit for embroidery and I have a few questions before I begin.

I don't know if it is ok to mention brands so will just say that it starts with a D. I am a new at this. It calls for 3 strands or less floss.

What I am wondering if if there are 5 or more strands do I take it down to 3 and thread the needle with a strand with 3 together or 1 strand at a time? It may seen like a silly question but as stated I am new at this so unsure.

Also, if I want to add lines or patterns for quilting the fabric together later, should I mark it before starting the embroidery or after the embroidery is done. Thanks for any help.

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Embroidery Floss Strands
by: Valerie Kalyani

You separate the strands one at a time. Tease a thread a little loose so you can a hold on it. Hold the length of floss between your thumb and first finger. Pull the thread straight up. It will come free easily this way with much tangling. Remove as many threads as called for. Lay them together and thread your needle with all of them at once. And I would mark the item later; best laid plans often need altering at the last minute and that is easier if you have not marked it.

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Floss strands
by: Liz

Floss comes in 6 strands, if your pattern says use 3 strands, then just seperate the 3 strands one at a time, then put the 3 strands together, doing it this way also stops it twisting while you are sewing and makes for a much nicer stitch, as for the lines, I would do them after you have finished the work, it is not a silly question, we all have to start somewhere, and just about all stitchers have been in your position, good luck with your stitching, I'm sure when you have finished you will go on to do much more, as you will find that it can be quite addictive, kind regards Liz

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