When I was 19, I learned to be super cool and no longer rely on A.C. Moore for kits that it felt like everyone else was doing. Anyone could walk into the craft store and get those kits. And with seven on the rack, at least 7 people in my area were bound to eventually attempt those projects.

How unoriginal!

I found websites online and was able to broaden myself further than Dimensions (not that I still don’t stitch up a design of theirs now and again… they are still by far my favorite design company)11012648_10152987847576570_8924688923822513530_n

Kits were super lame, what with them coming with everything you need to start RIGHT AWAY. Fabric, threads, chart, and needle.. Who wants the hassle of that?!

But ready made kit or chart and floss purchased separately, there comes a time when you might not have enough to get the project done. And the bigger the chart, the more often this happens. For stitchers like myself who never seem to plan ahead the right amount of floss, this can be torture.

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I have a refined system developed over my 20+ years as a stitcher. One that has served me well to the point where I make very little mistakes. When colors run out, I have to adjust until I can get that color replaced. If the color was a major color, I’m left feeling like I’m playing battle ship with the thread. Random colors need like one freaking stick in a two inch radius and without those major colors leading the way, who knows if that little random stitch is where it needs to be. (other than with obessive counting that is…)

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Every time I run out of thread, the empty holes mock me. My eyes always keep going back to the same areas I need that color, and then it ends up just haunting me that I can’t do those damn stitches. Even if it the color running out is that random one stitcher, that one little hole in another wise complete area, keeps staring at me.

Especially if they are the last five to finish an entire project………..

The only solution is, of course, to get more thread. One of the perks of buying the chart instead of a kit means that they usually provide you with the exact color number associated with the thread and you can go to the store and life is good!

After my design liberation, A.C Moore became nothing but a thread stop, maybe fabric, before I’d start a project. But through the years, you can see that cross-stitching is a dying art.  What used to take up two aisles back when the store first opened when I was 14 has dwindled down to an often badly stocked set of DMC threads. (I waited three months for them to put out a common color {318}) After awhile, I had to break up with A.C. Moore for all my stitchy needs.

I’m reduced to ordering online, which as a perk, has more threads I can work with..

Like B12032 which makes a project sparkle like a vampire from twilight.

V1130 This shiny piece of goodness is SILK. I like to be fancy in my stitching from time to time 😉

The downside is that you have to wait what feels like FOREVER for it to come…………

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7 thoughts on “Waiting on a thread….

  1. I’m in that boat right now. I made an hour trip to the closest LNS to find she didn’t have the Weeks colour I needed. Online I go.

  2. It’s a dying art. Situation is even worse in India. Not much cross stitching kit n magazines are there whic caters to locals. Had to rely on digitals issues of twocs etc. And guess what Anchor doesnt provide with the entire range if shades here n dmc rolled business 20 years back. All time i am searching shade card for the closest shade. But whatever may come we cross stitchers are tuf n determined. It’s a too beautiful hobby to give up.

  3. The beginning of the year I did my very first cross stitch project, and I thought of you.. I wanted to tell you that but I kinda fell off of the blogging world. I need to get back here… so much has happened… so many feelings and thoughts that need to come out.. But anywho.. I am trying to teach myself cross stitching..

  4. personally i feel kits are really great for starters who has not idea how cross-stitching works.. and then once the addiction kicks in.. off we go and spend on those beautiful linen and threads and of course Charts which are Out-of-prints (OPP).. is like cross-stitchers are just collectors as well.. we collect all these charts and hoping we will one day find time to do it.. LOL..

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