# Frequent question: How do you know how much thread to use in cross stitch?

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Cross stitch is generally worked using two strands of stranded cotton when working on 14-count and 16-count Aida. It is perfectly acceptable to mix the number of threads used within the same project. You might want to alter the texture of the finished piece by working in one, two and even three strands.

## How do I know how much thread I need?

By dividing the amount of thread by the seam length, we get the ratio of thread consumed. If we multiply this factor times the total length of seam, we can determine the total thread consumed for that seam. *Generally, 10% to 15% wastage of thread is added to the consumption derived.

## What does 2 strands mean in cross stitch?

Replies: No question is stupid!! It means a total of two (if you double your single strand of floss, put the cut ends through the needle, leave the loop where the floss is doubled, then start your first half of your stitch, then after you go down, catch the loop and snug the stitch.

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## What does 3 strands mean in cross stitch?

Stitching 2 over 2 means to stitch with 2 strands of embroidery floss over 2 threads in the fabric. Simularly when a pattern says “stitch 3 over 2” it means to stitch with 3 strands of embroidery floss over 2 threads in the fabric.

## How long should my floss be for cross stitch?

Pick the color of floss you are starting with and cut a length about 18 inches long. If you go much longer than this, the thread is more likely to get knotted when you stitch. Most embroidery floss is made up of six strands of thread twisted together.

Cut a length of thread 4 times the length of your project plus a few inches for good measure. You might end up wasting a few inches here and there, but that is a much better scenario then running out of thread before you can finish you stitching.

## How many yards is a spool of thread?

A typical spool of thread has anywhere between 600-1,420 yds of thread, and a cone has anywhere between 2500-3,280 yds.

## What does 4 strands mean in cross stitch?

4 strands of contrasting floss + whipstitch

That means you’ll separate and remove 2 strands of thread and use the remaining 4 strands of floss to do the whip stitches. (Contrasting just means a floss color that is not the same color as the felt and that will show up well.)

## How much DMC floss do I need?

If you’re completing a project that is between 4-6 inches in diameter and you’re using a few different colors to complete the embroidery, you’ll most likely use between 1-2 skeins of thread per color.

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## How many threads do you use to embroidery?

The Type Of Embroidery You’re Doing

If you’re threading painting, only using 1-2 strands of embroidery thread will make it easier to blend colors together. From personal experience, using 3-6 strands for this style of embroidery makes the embroidery less smooth looking and the blending of colors is more obvious.

## How many strands does Aida 14 have?

Typically, when stitching on 14 count Aida or 28-count evenweave, which are the most widely used cross stitch fabrics, you would use two strands of cross stitch thread for the cross stitch, and one strand of cross stitch thread for the backstitch.

## What does 14 count cross stitch mean?

“14 count aida” means that there are 14 holes/squares per inch of the fabric. Therefore, “16 count aida” means that there are 16 holes/squares per inch and so, the squares or ‘crosses’ you stitch will be smaller.

## How many threads do I use on 18 count Aida?

In the case of 18 count Aida I would suggest either 1 or 2 depending on how “heavy” or “solid” you want the finished piece to look. A single strand will result in a delicate piece of work, but you may prefer the more solid coverage from using 2 strands.

## Are you supposed to separate embroidery floss?

Six stranded cotton embroidery floss needs to be separated before use. It is rare to use all 6 strands together in the needle at once. So let’s start with a simple technique for taking one strand out of the skein without getting in a tangle. This one technique can save you loads of frustration.

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