Embroidery Hack 1
In order to keep from having a bunch of floss pieces that I can't match up, I do this:
I pull out as much thread as I want then cut only as many strands as I need, where the thread comes out from the skein.
I make the cut end near the skein and pull that thread straight out from the rest of the threads. That thread will come out straight and hardly needs to untwist at all.
The rest of the threads will bunch at at my fingertips, but a gentle pull once the cut thread is free, and the remaining uncut threads all straighten out.
It works best to cut and pull just one thread at a time. If I try to pullout two threads, it just tangles.