Friday, September 5, 2014

Show Your Stash: Threads

I was reading some blogs and I came across Anna's and I decided to play along. Here's my answers:  

What thread do you usually stitch with? I'm pretty much a DMC girl because it's so easy to find around here. I really enjoy Weeks Dye Works and sub in some to a lot of my smaller projects. I have some silks for specific projects, but I can't really warrant $4 skeins most of the time. 

When you shop for threads, do you buy on impulse or do you buy only what you need? I'm a mix here. For DMC, I only buy on my list because I am only missing about 50 colors to have a full set, so chances are I will buy one I already have. For silks, list only. Classic Colorworks, Weeks, Threadworx, Sampler Threads, etc I try to buy on a list, but I also pick up things that are pretty. I have a small collection so I am pretty good at knowing what I already have. I also have a "Floss Checklist" app on my android phone to check against.  I also use Google Doc's for my DMC. I'm crazy like that (it's so I can print out the list if so desired).

How do you store your thread? DMC/Anchor/Cosmo are all on bobbins in those plastic floss keeper boxes:



Everything else is in a Floss-A-Way bag with an index card for stability, in the top box in this picture:

How do you sort it? Sorted by manufacturer then by color name (Alphabetical) and DMC/Anchor/Cosmo is by number. I love the rainbow way but then I would NEVER be able to find anything. 


What tips do you have for building a stash? Buy slowly, it's not a race and your wallet will thank you.

How much is too much? What a silly question. NEVER. 

How do you whittle your stash down when it's gotten too large? I'm still collecting. It's not too much... yet. However, I do like to give away patterns that I've completed and do not plan to stitch again. Friends are always a good place to start! 

Do you have a current favorite in your stash? I really like Weeks Dye Works Peacock and Taffeta. My two favorite colors. :) 


Come join us and leave a link to your answers in the comments either here or over on Anna's.

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for playing. Peacock is quite a lovely color and I considered it briefly before choosing what I chose--that thread had been used in a special project for my sister so the combination was too much to ignore.

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    1. It is really pretty, I bought 4 skeins when a local store was 40% off of everything because they were closing up shop. I now wish I had picked up more threads...

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  2. Enjoyed reading about your thread collection. I played along, too.
    http://www.meari.blogspot.com/

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    1. Oh yay! I'm going to go check it out! :D

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  3. Hi, returning the following! I love seeing other people's stash collections. I notice that you are stitching The Frosted Pumpkin Mystery too, although you are much further along than I am!

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    1. Oh yay! I am, but I wasn't thrilled with the 3rd part, so I'm still debating on what I'm going to do with it. I'm thinking about changing the bakery to something else, but I don't know for sure yet. I'm going to go check yours out!

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  4. Lovely collection of thread! I'm nowhere near that yet, but I only started really buying stash about a year ago, and as you said, slowly and steady :D

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    1. The tortoise wins the race! ;) I've been collecting DMC for ages (slowly since I was like 10) but over-dyed threads are new to me! :D

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