By now, you have traced your pattern onto weavers cloth
and put the weavers cloth into your frame.
Next is selecting and preparing the threads you want to use for your project.
I have a large stash of DMC embroidery floss from previous cross stitch projects,
so it is fun for me to “shop” from what I already have on hand.
If you don’t already have a supply of floss, you can follow the color suggestions on a pattern
or take your line drawing to a craft store to pick out colors you like.
Embroidery Floss Colors:
I have selected DMC 3051 for the stems
DMC 727 for the flower middles
DMC 931 for the flower petals
DMC 823 for the flower pot
and DMC 3033 for the background
I will do a combination of the 727, 931, and 823 at the corners.
Feel free to use these same colors or make your own choices based on your preferences and decor.
Separate the Floss:
I will punch this piece with 3 strands of embroidery floss.
Since the skeins of DMC embroidery floss come in strands of 6,
the strands will need to be separated into two groups.
This is easily done with some string
and a fishing swivel.
A fishing swivel looks something like this.
Tie the end of the swivel onto some string.
On the other end of your string,
tie a loop big enough to fit around a doorknob.
Hang the loop around a doorknob or furniture knob.
Tie the end of your DMC floss onto the swivel.
Unwind the floss, spreading it across the floor in a fairly straight line.
Starting about 18″ in from the untied end of the floss,
separate the floss into two bunches of 3 strands each.
(I don’t know why, but if you start at the very end, the strings tend to get tangled.)
Pull the two bunches apart.
As you pull, all of the twists that are holding the strands together
will unwind down at the swivel. It will twirl very fast!
Watch the Video:
Just keep walking towards the swivel pulling the yarn apart as you go.
When you get to the end,
you can either untie the end or snip it off with scissors.
Now, you can wind each of the sections onto a floss card
or an old spool or whatever you like to use.
I like to use floss cards because they are easy to store.
Be sure to pin this for later!