Embroidery floss

What is an Embroidery Floss?

It is a thread used for hand embroidery and other needlework projects. The floss is made from various fibers like cotton, silk, rayon, or polyester; hence, it is shiny and strong, unlike normal sewing threads comprising a single strand. Instead, this sewing material consists of multiple strands, allowing you to change its thickness according to the effects of different stitches.

Why Is Embroidery Floss Important In Needlework?

Embroidery floss is important for the following reasons:


Fine or thick lines can be made depending on how many strands are adjusted. 


This type of thread comes in different colors, which helps create various designs that seem lifeless when done with similar shades. 


Every fiber gives a peculiar feel when touched, so if you want your embroidery work to appear interesting, mix them when stitching.

Can Embroidery Floss Be Used for Regular Sewing?

Using it with sewing machines or even on fabrics for seaming is not advisable since it is thick and decorative. The best type of stitchery hardware to apply this kind of sewing material would be for hand embroideries used as decorations.

How Do I Choose The Right Embroidery Floss For My Project?

When selecting these threads, consider the following factors: 

Fabric type

Delicate materials like silk require lighter-weight threads, while heavy ones like cotton need heavier ones. 

Design complexity 

Delicate designs call for thinner strings so they cannot surpass through tiny holes made during the stitching process, thus ruining everything.

Finish desired

Different types can be used depending on whether matte (dull), shiny, or metallic looks are needed.

What’s The Difference Between Stranded Cotton and Pearl Cotton?

The stranded cotton thread consists of six easily separable strands, whereas pearl cotton has no divisible strands, and only one is slightly twisted. Thus, when used in embroidery, pearl cotton provides a unique texture and sheen. 

How Many Strands Of Floss Should I Use?

The number varies according to fabric type and intended purpose. However, generally speaking, about two to three are commonly employed for general embroidery, meaning that much more can still go up when filling spaces that appear empty, although sometimes also reduced. This all depends on what specific effects need to be achieved through such an act.

How Should I Store My Embroidery Floss?

To prevent tangling and fading, store it:

    • Away from direct sunlight.
    • In a cool, dry place.
    • Use organizers such as floss bobbins or cards.

Can Embroidery Floss Be Washed?

You can wash your embroidery flosses, but you must watch out if they are colorfast. Otherwise, they will start bleeding and thus end up disfiguring the entire garment piece. So always hand wash using mild soap plus cool water, especially for delicate ones.

How Many Types of Embroidery Floss are Available?

Here’s a quick comparison chart on different types of embroidery floss:

Floss type


Best Use


Versatile, wide color range, matte finish

General embroidery projects


Glossy finish, smooth texture

Luxurious projects, fine details


Highly lustrous, vibrant colors

Projects needing shine & vibrancy


Durable, colorfast, mild sheen

Projects requiring frequent washing