Stranded cotton embroidery floss is the thread I use the most for Needlepainting and Whitework Embroidery. It is comprised of 6 easily separated strands and I use one strand. DMC stranded cotton is the brand I tend to use the most. It is readily available from most high street and online needlework stores throughout the world. I also use other brands such as Cosmo or Anchor as an alternative or together with DMC.
How to use stranded cotton
All thread has a nap which is the direction the pile lies. To ensure that you thread the needle with the nap in the same direction each time use this method:
a) Cut off a length of thread about 50 – 60cm is good, and tie a knot at one end.
b) Separate one strand from the six.
c) Cut this off near the knot and thread the other end (D) into the needle.
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