Stranded Cotton Stranded cotton embroidery floss 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. Anchor is another good quality brand of stranded cotton that can be used as an alternative/together with DMC.
There are many brands of silk on the market, I tend to favor Au Ver A Soie d'alger as it is easy to handle and good quality.
Sewing Cotton I use one strand of polyester sewing cotton for fine lines and details. Any good quality sewing thread can be used.
How to use a skein of thread. Pull out a length of thread from the skein about 50 – 60cm is good and separate one strand from the six. Cut this off and thread into the needle. Use one strand of thread throughout unless otherwise indicated. You can find more information on threads in The Handbook. or any of my published books.