I haven't done any stitching on my LO's but did ALOT of cross stitch. I would think by the thickness of the floss 2 or 3 strands would be fine. I would think a sewing needle or a stitchery needle would work.
I have handstitched on a few cards and layouts. I have used the Bazzill templates and really like them. They are very easy to use. I think the thickness of the floss depends on what effect you are looking for...just have fun with it!
I like yarn darning needles and craft thread. You can get a pack of 103 skeins in the embroidery section at J;s for under $15 and even cheaper with the coupon. It has every color in the rainbow and it twisted unlike regular embroidery floss.
I have layouts with those Bazzill templates but have not yet scanned them. I love those templates, esp the circle on for trees. Here is a layout I did with some of the craft thread I was talking about:
As for how many strands of floss ya wanna use highly depends on how well you want the stitching being shown. More strands to make it more appearant and less strands to put it more to the background. Also, color is very important. If you would use for example white, then it wont show as much as for example black if you'd be using 2 strands. For the lighter colors you easily could use more strands if ya want it on the foreground, darker colors only need 2 strands to have it stand out. I cross stitch a lot aswell as scrapping and I stitch with a very fine aïda (7 to a centimeter) and I use 2 strands for that. For scrapbooking, I do the same and it works for me.
Just keep check of yer colors and how much ya want the stitching to stand out on yer LO. The finer the needle, the smaller the punching holes will be but..the finer, the more important it is to pre punch the holes.
Well I scrap on a major budget so I use my Grandmother's old cross stitch needles or sewing needles. I also have a large yarn needle for when I use yarn or things of that nature. I use small regular old sewing needles for more defined stitching, and I use mostly cross stitch floss because it is cheap and you can decide how many strands to use depending on how thick you want your lines or stitches to be. There are no rules and if there are I have broken every single one of them.
Here is a tip: If you don't have a pattern make one out of patterned paper or any design you want to stitch out. Use your paper piercer or your cuttle bugs and go freehand. Say you want to stitch a flower. Find a flower on a piece of paper and use your piercer to punch out holes around the lines of the flower. Then start stitching. When you are finished you can either cut it out or use the pattern with a few well placed stitches as your design. You really can stitch anything. If you use buttons or things of this nature instead of just glueing them on stitch them on. You get better detail.
Stitching is cool because you don't need fancy products to get where you are going. Just go where it takes you. I use a glue stick to glue down my floss and then I just stitch everything out. There are a million differet stitches you can use and if I do buy products I buy products I can use over and over again. You are on the right path.
Just remember any needle will do the trick, you can play with all different kinds of threads and string, and there are absolutely no right or wrong products for the job. Go to the craft store and just look at all the needles and floss, thread, string, yarn, whatever. Trust me when I say the ideas will flow. Sometimes they don't work so well but sometimes they turn out better than you could ever imagine.
I find actual scrap booking supplies to be too much for my budget but I go to the craft store and wonder out of the scrap iales just to find the exact same thing, without a brand name, that does the same thing. Go forth and stitch away.
Thanks ladies! Since I originally posted this I have purchased a bunch of Bazzill templates and floss from J's. I actually have a large stitching needle that I had in my sewing box. Thanks for the tip on creating my own template too!