Reported by Susie Ziegler
Next you need to separate out your threads. Like I said, I prefer using 2 threads. I think this preference goes back to my obsessive cross-stitching days when only 2 or 3 threads is recommended. Gently pull out just one strand at a time from your length of floss. If the strands get tangled, try pulling them out the opposite direction. Only pull one thread at a time. Lay your strands together, thread your preferred needle, and knot one end.
Okay, now for my reaction to using this floss. The word on the street is that it is a bear to work with, but it is better than metallic floss. I haven’t used metallic (because I’m scared and stuck in my ways). The first thing I noticed was that it really is slick. The strands do not hold together the way that cotton floss does. Neither do they hold into your stitching. Notice in this photo how the thread wants to pull up? I am afraid that any threads that are not securely woven in on the back will pull out with use.
It also seems thicker than regular floss. I felt like it showed every flaw in my stitching. The satin stitches I did on this little beak don’t want to lay flat.
- Shiny, silky, and pretty
- Threads don’t get stuck and twisted together. Knotting up is not a problem.
- Can be substituted for regular floss in any application.
- Did I say that it is gleamy and reflective?
- Limited variety of colors. DMC shows about 36 on their website.
- The ends fray
- Has an untamable quality. The threads seem to want to go wildly in their own direction.
I would really like to know what our crafty readers think of the specialty embroidery threads available these days. Leave us a comment and let us know!