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. Other brands such as Anchor, Cosmo, Presencia or Maxi Mouline can also be used as an alternative or together with DMC.
How to use stranded cotton
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.
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. Silk is used in the same way as stranded cotton.
I use one strand of polyester sewing cotton for fine outlines and details. Any good quality sewing thread can be used such as Gutermann, Metler, Coats etc. COLOUR MATCHING You will need to match the sewing thread to the DMC colour stated in your embroidery instructions. It needs to be close but does not need to be an exact match.
How to split sewing cotton
You can either use the sewing cotton as is or you can split it into two for very fine details. Method: Cut a piece of sewing thread, pull it apart and divide into two strands. Use one fine strand for outlining.
Coton A Broder
Coton a border (Broder Special) and Floche are specialist embroidery threads that can be used for satin stitch in Whitework Embroidery. Use one strand and thread into the needle as is. If you cannot get Broder or FLoche you can substitute it with DMC stranded cotton, 2 strands for padding and 1 strand for stitching. FLOCHE You can also use DMC Floche for satin stitch.