How to choose embroidery thread for cross stitch
Generally speaking, the type and number of embroidery thread will be marked on the formal embroidery drawings. In addition to embroidering pictures, even embroidered thread will be provided in the filled semi-finished bag. However, sometimes embroidery friends still want to choose their favorite thread. The following is a discussion of various situations where you need to choose your own embroidery thread.
Situation 1: The embroidery thread in the semi-finished product package is of poor quality. This situation often occurs. For example, in the packaging of embroidery products bought from street vendors, the quality of the embroidery thread is poor, and the color is not correct or incomplete. The better situation is that the brand and color number of the embroidery thread are indicated on the drawings inside, and we can buy good embroidery thread embroidery by ourselves. But this kind of situation is not often encountered. Most of the time, only the order of embroidery thread is marked on the drawing. At this time, we can only find as much as possible a color card of all colors of a well-known brand of embroidery thread, such as DMC or Anchor, which is a color card with actual embroidery thread samples. Then you compare the embroidery thread and the color on the drawing as carefully as possible to find the most appropriate color number. When contrasting colors, it should be under natural outdoor light. After you find it, you can mark the color number on the drawing. If you can't find the color card, you have to take the embroidery thread in the package to a nearby cross-stitch shop, where there are usually famous-brand embroidery threads for comparison. Note that the lighting in some stores may not be suitable, which will make the embroidery thread color look distorted.
Situation 2: You want to use a different brand of embroidery thread from the one indicated on the drawing. Some drawings will indicate the color numbers of two or more brand threads at the same time. If there is no line number that you can buy on the drawing, you should find a color number conversion table.
Situation 3: You have designed an embroidery image yourself, or you want to change the effect of an embroidery image. If you have very rich experience and can design your own embroidery without using software such as pcstitch, then you will definitely choose embroidery thread. In addition to DMC cotton embroidery thread, you can use a variety of different types of embroidery thread that can be bought, such as metal thread or hand-dyed silk thread. The choice of thread should also consider the end use. For example, when embroidering a baby's bib or clothes, do not use silk thread that is easy to fade or hard metal thread.
Situation 4: You are dissatisfied with the embroidery thread on the embroidery and want to use different colors. If the embroidery is a simple geometric figure or a simple picture without shadows, it does not matter if you use your own favorite color. But if it is a complicated drawing, you must pay more attention to it. Compare the color set suggested on the drawing with the color set of the new thread you wish to use to make sure they are the same. The specific method is to put these lines under the red glass or transparent colored paper, filter out the noise, and look for the same color; or take the two lines into a black and white photo and then compare (PHOTOSHOP software can convert the color picture into a black and white picture) .
Attachment: Since we are discussing "embroidery thread", we cannot fail to mention what is "Z"-shaped winding and what is "S"-shaped winding.
Noeline Mc Caughan explained as follows:
In order to make the embroidery thread look neat, we can use the "Z" shape or "S" shape to wind the thread. Bring a strand (6 embroidery threads) in front of your eyes. If the wire is twisted from the upper right side to the lower left side, we call this strand a "Z"-shaped winding; if the wire is twisted from the upper left side to the lower right side, it becomes an "S"-shaped winding.