Before a DMC floss can be used, it must be prepared. At minimum, this means cutting the thread into usable lengths and putting those lengths on a thread card. Recording the DMC color number on the card makes keeping the colors straight across projects easier.
Start by slipping the paper bands off the skein and opening it up.
Then the thread can be pulled out and cut into good lengths. Attach the lengths to the prepared thread card using a hitch knot.