Stranded embroidery floss comes in 6 strands and, depending on the pattern, you use from 1-6 strands at a time. I have learned the best trick to save time and majorly decrease the amount of knots that occur while stitching.
It took years for me to start doing this for some reason. Ready to hear it? Then listen up.
Separate your embroidery threads and then put them back together.
The very next time you start stitching, do it.
I thought it took too much time to separate and put back together. If I needed two strands I pulled two strands out at the same time instead of pulling out one thread at a time and then putting them back together. Guess what? I wasted more time because I kept getting knots in my thread. Most of the time I could pick it out, but sometimes you just can’t and have to start fresh.
Once I started separating my strands the knots almost completely disappeared. I couldn’t believe it! All these years I thought I was saving time. Definitely not!
Is this new to you or have you always separated your threads first?