This is a topic that’s taken lots of thinking about. It’s not as easy as it seems at least there are more choices than you ever realise. Or more options that you can get overwhelmed with.
So let’s start with the easy choice.
1.What brand thread should you use?
I use DMC mainly because I found that more of my patterns had DMC in it than any other brand. I have used anchor and I find that they are much of a muchness. Honestly though Dmc is better than anchor only because more patterns come in it. I’ve noticed that the spotlights near here have stopped stocking Anchor and have started stocking Semco. I haven’t seen any patterns in Semco yet but there are Dmc conversions available. I will have to do some more research about Semco I can’t really find much online. But I know this lovely chart is sitting in spotlight to tell you what colours to use if you do convert them.
But please please please please don’t buy the cheap brand for anything to do with cross stitch even for your kids. The nameless brands aren’t colourfast and they don’t move through the fabric nicely. I’ve used the ones that come with the magazine kits and they can be awful.
The other kinds of flosses are for embroidery or needlepoint where you are working on a canvas. They aren’t for cross stitch.
The embroidery threads are on the left they are known as 5s or 8s and the tapestry wools are on the right. They look like crochet yarn.
Now there are what I’d call specialty flosses I will mention them here but they each have their own special way of working with them. I will talk more about how to handle the specialty ones in later posts. They aren’t important to learning how to cross stitch.
You have metallics which range from Dmc through to kreinik. They are slippery to work with. A note: the colour numbers for metallics match the colours of DMCs normal range but they have an E at the beginning.
Variegated threads which again Dmc do or you can find hand dyed which are absolutely gorgeous. There is a lovely brand called country cottage threads which are done by a lady in Australia I like them because she does the dying in lengths so you can maintain a consistent start and finish colour. Again I have a whole post about variegated threads planned because you do have to treat them a little differently. I’m finding I could talk for hours about what I know.
You can also find brands like Caron Collections – Waterlillies and Gentle Arts Sampler Threads….. which come with a price tag for various projects. They are beautiful threads and are worth it for certain Projects. It depends what you’re after. Some patterns will have these threads as an option but will usually give a DMC number as well.
There are silk threads as well and ones that have a satin finish. You can find all sorts of supplies but to start out you just need the basics.
So I hope you learnt a bit about what threads to buy.
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For more information on:
Threads 101 – what you need to know
Using your six-stranded thread
Threading your Needles
How to start stitching
What to do with your cross stitch once you finish