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[Skill Help] Floss through your needle...

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Post time: 2009-4-25 19:08
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Honestly..i'm still confused about how many strings going through a needle when cross stitching.. i have been using two strings and which, when stitching, the strings double and in total four strings..hmm..weird description I'm giving..but hopefully someone will get it...

* string as in the smallest unit of the floss...

and the resulting works are kinda thick..and back stitching is also kinda annoying due to the packed holes...

Q: For a X (cross), each stroke of yours consists of how many strings? two? or four? (for the entire post..i'm referring to when stitching with 14ct fabric)..

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Post time: 2017-1-25 19:05
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While I do use 2 strands in my needle for for when it says 2 strands, it is because I find it easier to undo any mistakes that way. What I do is after having threaded the needle with 2 strands, I leave one side of the threads somewhat longer than the other. The longer side is what I attach to what I have previously done (where I'm about to stitch), but it leaves me free to slip the needle off the other end of the threads at any time I want, something I have found very convenient. I still end up with only 2 strands per stitch- and no waste of money!

Sorry- as you know, a simple process but difficult to describe. Hope I made myself understood. Anyway, good luck on finding what works best for you. :)
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Post time: 2021-3-14 04:28
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If you wanna stitch with 2 strand use the loop method and you only waste 1 strand of your floss, fold in half and you will have two, waste less, also don't rotate the needle in your hands
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Post time: 2017-1-23 07:05
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me too  =)) but only a few stitcches!
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Post time: 2021-1-28 18:52
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Useful info, thank you
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Post time: 2009-4-25 19:31
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14 CT uses 2 STRANDS
that is using one strand to across the needle hole and you will get 2 strands (double and in total 2 stands) to stitch.
for X (cross) two strands /  and then two strands \.
See?
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 Author| Post time: 2009-4-26 13:53
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yup...got it...what the hell..i have been using too many...waste of money..and get the hard work................

thanks liz~
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Post time: 2009-4-26 20:01
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you are welcome.
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Post time: 2009-4-27 08:37
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Yes. I also used 2 strands on 14CT for the X stitches and 1 strand for backstitch.

And I used 4 strands only on 11CT.

But most of the times I will use 14CT fabric, it is just nice to use.
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 Author| Post time: 2009-4-27 08:58
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thank you guys...*sigh*....the works i have done..i have used 4 strands!!!! = =|||#
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Post time: 2009-4-27 12:57
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4 strands all in 14Ct? it's too crowd.
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 Author| Post time: 2009-4-27 15:24
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yes..it was too crowded......................then my fingers were all red...and the backstitching process was so painful.....and most importantly..a waste of money!!!!!!
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Post time: 2009-4-27 17:11
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No wonder you had mentioned before that "Backstitching is very painful....", now I know why......:D
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Post time: 2009-4-27 20:01
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You will find it hard to pierce the fabric hole if you use 4 strands in 14CT. really painful, my first work is the hardest thing that I've ever done.... I used 4 strands in 14 CT. You are not alone, otaku!!!
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