Specialty floss can produce wonderful effects in cross stitch. Here a 5 Metallic Floss Tips to reduce the challenges and make the results even more stunning!
The most common floss used in cross stitch is made up of 6 single strands loosely twisted together and packaged in skeins. We cut the floss in certain lengths, separate the strands, then recombine the number called for in the cross stitch chart strand count.
In the past few years, though, companies like DMC and Kreinik have developed a number of specialty flosses. Initially, only blending filaments and some basic metallic flosses were offered. Now, it seems that every time I visit my favorite craft stores, new colors and "effects" have been added.
While the effect of these flosses can be quite striking, here are some things to consider.
Since Christmas is the perfect holiday for adding a little extra sparkle to your work, these 5 Tips will help you do just that.
Thread an inch or two of the folded end through the eye of your needle...
...forming a loop.
Grasp the two ends of the floss, bring them up and thread them through the loop.
Gently pull the floss taut, so the floss is anchored at the eye of the needle.
Then just treat the tail of the floss as usual (for me, that means making a waste knot), and begin stitching.
If the floss begins to separate and shred, don't continue stitching. Simply bury your thread and start with a new strand of floss.
Using these tips, you'll have wonderful results with specialty flosses.
I have seen recommendations to use wax on floss to help it glide through your fabric. Because I have been successful with the techniques above, I have not needed to use wax. I am also reluctant to put any substance on the floss that may leave residue on my fabric, seen or unseen.
Often residue takes some time to become visible.
However, I know that other stitchers do. My sister has white candles around her house and occasionally runs her floss over these while stitching. Still, since I haven't tried it myself, I am reluctant to recommend it.
If you do decide to try it, experiment on a scrap of the same fabric you are using before stitching on a piece that you've been working on. It would be a shame to risk ruining a project that you've invested time in.
If you have additional tips on using metallic floss, or have used wax on floss, share your experience with us.