How To Preserve Your Cross Stitch Threads And Produce Beautiful Results

Cross stitch tasks rely heavily on details. A series misplaced X stitches can distribute your mistake. An in a different way coloured thread can make a subtle however significant difference on your projects. A sensibly picked material can boost the design.

Mild handling of the needle and thread on the material can make your style more noticeable by the even and smooth blend of colours. Needlework projects can be colourful or monochromatic. However, it will always have obvious value to any beholder.


There are several “floss” or thread manufacturers to select from such as

Kreinik floss threads, DMC and Mill Hill among others. Such producers appoint numbers for their unlimited array of available colours. For example, DMC assigns the number 310 for their black threads, 712 for their cream-coloured threads, 436 for a tan, 992 for aquamarine and the like.

You can also depend on conversion charts to determine the tones that are of similar shade with other producers. Hence, black threads are designated as 310 with DMC, 403 with Anchor, 8043 with the new JPCoats, and 19 with WRC. If you ran out of this specific colour and your regional craft store does not have your favoured brand, then utilise other brand names in the meantime.

Some great tips to consider as you work on a cross stitch project

Your pattern, aside from teaching how to stitch, would also reveal the number of tones of floss or threads you’ll need, what size and type of material to utilise, and how fancy or basic the job will be.

Red coloured cross stitch threads are utilised thoroughly in Christmas and Valentine’s patterns. Earth coloured threads, like greens and browns, remain in need when developing nature-themed models such as owls and birds, flowers, lakes, first cross stitch styles, and so on. Traditional designs such as Celtic cross stitch, Irish cross stitch, Ukrainian, and the Italian needlework demand the abundant colours of their heritage that inspired such styles. You’ll find that there will be no lack for different dynamic shades of reds, greens, gold, and other eye-popping colours.

Protecting the richness of the colour of the threads is essential to a good cross stitch task. The colours mainly choose the success or result of the patterns. While a set such as a

Mill Hill Bead Kits have all the colours you need for the project; it does not hurt to experiment and substituting one colour for a more vibrant one.

Another secret is keeping your “x” stitches even. So, don’t pull on to difficult on your threads. Pull with enough force to carefully secure the threads on the material hole.

Some cross stitch threads can bleed into the fabric. To prevent this, you can soak your threads in distilled water and let it bleed. Distilled water is chosen because there will be no strong chemicals that would break down the colour of the fragile threads or embroidery floss.