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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Floss Skein Instructions

For those who are interested, here are the step by step photos for stitching a floss skein for the Prairie Schooler ABC Bee; letter E.

Step 1: With a golden yellow color, stitch 3 verticle stitches. This is the base of your skein label. Note that in the example, I stitched over two threads vertically, but on the PS ABC SAL, I have been working over 1.

Step 2: Place two needles to the left and right of the "label" area as far out as you want your floss loops to go. With the color you want your floss to be (Note that in the example I am using a dark brown) come up in the center of the 3 verticle stitches, but do not pierce them.

Step 3: Slide the needle between the fabric and the stitches to the left.

Step 4: Wrap the thread around the "Peg" on the left.

Step 5: Slide the needle back under the three "label" stitches and slip the thread around the peg on the right. (shown here with needle having already completed the wrap and returning to the left). Repeat steps three through 5 until your floss has reached desired thickness.

Step 6: Cut floss, leaving a tail the length of your loops.

Step 7: Using the golden yellow color again, stitch two cross stitches over the vertical stitches.

Step 8: Finish off, remove the needle pegs and fluff your "skein of floss".


  1. That is absolutely ingenious! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for the pictures. Definitely makes it easier to follow!

  3. Thank you for sharing picture instructions! I may use this on my E (instead of the blob)


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