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.
Click to see all of the other Christmas Ornaments in this series using specialty floss accents.
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.
Stitching on top instead of combining the flosses (see Tip 3 above) sometimes eliminates the need for full cross stitches in metallic floss. Because it lays on top of cotton stitches, a half stitch may be all that is needed to give you the right sparkle. Just be sure the half stitch goes in the same direction as the top diagonal you are stitching over.
Now you can begin stitching in the same manner as you would with standard cotton floss. Click to learn how to bury the ends of your floss or to how to make a waste knot. 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. That's because even invisible residue may collect dirt and dust.
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.