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Number of floss strands to use with Artiste Stamped Cross stitch kit?
Mon, Aug 12, 2019 7:24 AM
Posted by Dianne B.
I received an Artiste Stamped Cross Stitch kit as a gift. I've always used 2 or 3 strands of floss when embroidering pillowcases and dish towels. The instructions to me are confusing. It states" Separate skeins into single strands and then thread the needle with the number of strands required before you begin stitching". But no where in the instructions does it indicate any "number of strands" for any of the colors. I started using just 1 strand and you can barely tell that you made any stitches at all. Does any one have any experience with these kits? Do you use just 1 strand of floss or do you use more. I am not going to work any further on this because I am not sure how to proceed. Thank you for your assistance.
  • Reply from Anita
    Wednesday, August 14, 2019 4:08 AM
    Dianne,
    I haven't stitched one of these Artiste kits before. You might consider contacting the company to see if they can help you.

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  • Reply from Sandy
    Sunday, August 25, 2019 10:40 AM
    I looked up online where Artiste stamped cross stitch kits come from and it appears to be a brand of Hobby Lobby. I would go with two strands of floss

    Their directions for using floss was poorly written. The usual steps are select the color of floss desired; cut to approximately 18 inches since kits often come with 36" lengths of floss. Then separate the strands. I pull out two of the six then separate the two before putting them back together again. Why the complete separation? That's because then your floss will lie better on the fabric by getting rid of any extra twists from separating them in the first place. The extra twists can make your work look lumpy and reduce the color coverage.

    Oh, using one strand is often done to indicate a shadow. So it is done for certain effects, but not often. Go to top