Here’s a tip that will make things easier.
To keep the thread from tangling when you are cutting a length to use in your project, pre-cut your embroidery thread.
Pre-cutting means all lengths of thread will be identical, with the next thread always ready.
The paper labels keep the thread tidy as you work.
Let’s look at a hank of pearl cotton (top photo). Notice that the upper end of the hank with the DMC logo has a single loop of thread, while the opposite, lower end with the color number has two smaller loops.
Next, cut through the threads in each of the two lower loops (upper right photo).
Spread out the ends of the thread to make certain none of the loops have been missed as shown to the left. Skipped clips will cause tangling when lengths of thread are removed from the bundle.
As the bundle of threads gets smaller as lengths are removed and the labels become loose, pinch and fold the paper loops so they don’t come off.
The paper loops keeps the leftover thread tidy, and you’ll always know the color number or size of the hank of pearl cotton.