Embroidery floss is inexpensive and readily available at most mass retailers and craft stores. Colourful skeins of cotton floss are often left over from larger projects and the smaller amounts can be used in other crafts. Crafts with embroidery floss range from simple preschool activities to more advanced sewing projects.
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Cross stitching is basically embroidering a design on a cloth surface using small x-shaped stitches. There are many free patterns available online and kits with patterns are sold at craft stores. Using leftover embroidery floss to complete a small cross-stitch pattern will allow you to choose your own colours to make a one-of-a-kind item. The embroidery floss needs to be cut to 18 inches long and two strands used at a time. Standard embroidery floss is six strands that are easily pulled apart. Thread the floss through a needle and follow the preferred pattern.
Embroidery Floss Easter Eggs
Easter eggs made from embroidery floss are a crafty way to decorate for the Easter holidays. Choose balloons that are small in size, such as water balloons, and blow them up until they are the size of eggs. Cut floss into 1- to 2-foot lengths to wrap around the balloon. Dip the floss in a bit of fabric stiffener that has been poured into a small container, being sure to wipe the excess off with your fingers. Wrap the dipped embroidery floss around the balloons, using one colour or a mixture of colours. Let the balloons dry overnight by tying a string around the knot in the balloon and hanging them up. Once they are dry, pop the balloon and carefully pull it out of the floss egg. Display the eggs in any way you prefer. They can be placed in a basket or hung from a tree with strings that are tied around the hardened floss.
Pasta is inexpensive and makes a good craft item for younger children. Pasta necklaces are a timeless craft that kids can make to wear themselves or give as a gift to a parent or other loved one. Help the child to colour the pasta by painting with acrylic paint or colouring with felt tipped markers and allow an hour for it to dry completely. Cut lengths of embroidery floss long enough to wrap loosely around a neck with an extra 3 inches of length to use for tying a knot. Thread the floss through pieces of pasta until the necklace is full and tie each end together.
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