This question from Amy made me so happy, because I love it when stitchers try new things!
This is my first time stitching a project that isn’t from a kit, it’s also my first time using an evenweave fabric (28 count). The sampler pattern I’m using doesn’t specify how many strands of floss to use and I’m a little nervous about starting. How many strands do you recommend?
First of all, I just want to say YAYYYYYYY ~ seriously happy for you stepping out of the aida and kit comfort zone to try a new format, that’s awesome, I think you’re going to enjoy it.
So the number of strands generally depends on how much coverage you want from each stitch.
- 1 strand gives thin coverage and can sometimes be used for minor fill details, like the sky or a background.
- 2 strands seems to be the go-to number of strands for basic average coverage on most fabric counts.
- 3 strands is for very full coverage and sometimes used to make things stand off the fabric more.
- 4 strands is sometimes used in stamped cross stitch and on larger count fabrics where the X is a lot bigger and has more fabric to cover.
All that being said, you can use as many strands as you’d like. There is no right or wrong.
You could test a few stitches in a part of the fabric you won’t be using, a corner or an edge, just to see how you like the coverage of each number of strands you’re considering. Usually 2 strands provides a decent coverage and it seems to be “the standard” use in most projects.
I hope that helps and I look forward to hearing about your sampler stitching progress! 🙂