How many strands of floss do you need to use when stitching over multiple threads?
When you change your fabric count, you might need to change the number of strands you use when making a cross stitch. The table indicates our preference, and is also the basis for calculating the amount of floss we include in our DIY kits. All indications are for regular DMC embroidery floss , which is sold in skeins of 6 strands. Cut a lenght of about 1 meter, and then you can easily seperate the strands.
We always recommend that you stitch a few test stitches to find your prefered combination. Some stitchers like their work to look very fine and use few strands of floss for their embroidery projects. Other stitchers like full and fluffy stitches that pop from their fabric and use more.
Recommended number of strands to use per fabric count
|Fabric count||Stitched over 1||Stitched over 2||Stitched over 3||Stitched over 4|
|6 Count||3 strands||6 strands||crochet yarn||crochet yarn|
|8 Count||3 strands||strands||crochet yarn||crochet yarn|
|11 Count||2 strands||4 strands||6 strands||crochet yarn|
|14 Count||2 strands||3 strands||4 or 5 strands||6 strands|
|16 Count||2 strands||3 strands||4 or 5 strands||5 or 6 strands|
|18 Count||2 strands||2 or 3 strands||3 strands||4 or 5 strands|
|20 Count||1 strand||2 or 3 strands||3 strands||4 strands|
|28 Count||1 strand||2 strands||2 or 3 strands||3 or 4 strands|
|32 Count||1 strand||1 or 2 strands||2 or 3 strands||3 strands|