Friday, September 5, 2014

Show Your Stash: Threads

Over at Stitch Bitch, Anna is asking us to show our thread stash.  Seemed like a fun thing, so here goes!

What thread do you usually stitch with? I use DMC cotton floss primarily but I’ve recently purchased some Weeks Dye Works and The Gentle Art overdyed floss for a few projects which is really lovely to stitch with.  But DMC is readily available and not expensive so it's what I use the most.

When you shop for threads, do you buy on impulse or do you buy only what you need?  I have a lot of threads so I don’t really buy anymore unless I’ve run out of a particular color.

How do you sort it?  Since I embroider more than I cross stitch (even though I’ve been cross stitching way more these days) I've sorted everything by color so when I’m looking for pink, I can look at all the pinks together to decide which shade will work best.  It does make it a bit difficult to look for colors by number though when I’m kitting up a cross stitch project.  I’ve spent a lot of time looking for a certain color, knowing I most likely have it, but just don’t know what color I sorted it with.  If I win the lottery, I will buy all the DMC colors and sort them by number and have another set to sort by colors.  How wonderful would that be!! 

My stash!!
 How do you store your thread?  I use the little bobbins for my DMC and store them in the little plastic boxes.  I also have a large plastic bag that I have some specialty threads in—like my metallic, linen, variegated etc.  I could probably use another plastic box for those now.  I use the metal rings when I kit up a project to keep them all together.

What tips do you have for building a stash? Look for sales.  Every once in a blue moon, the craft stores will run a sale on DMC.  A few years ago, AC Moore had them for 4 for a $1!  I stocked up on a bunch of floss then.  Also, you never know what you find at thrift stores and yard sales. 
I store all my boxes in this storage cube beside the couch which is where I do most of my stitching
 How much is too much? Never too much.

How do you whittle your stash down when it's gotten too large? See above answer.

Do you have a current favorite in your stash? Let’s see it!  I’m loving Bubblegum from Weeks Dye Works right now.  Such a fun, bright pink! 

Go ahead and show your thread stash! Link your post in the comment section of this post to link up!


Anna van Schurman said...

Thanks for playing along! I love that pink; very fun! I think a DMC color card would be helpful to your stash organization--it has actual threads* on it arranged by color, which would help you choose for your surface embroidery projects. Then you could organize your bobbins by number for your cross-stitch projects. Voila!

*There is also one that is printed. Don't get that one! (Why would they even make that?)

Brenda A said...

Oh I love the rainbow. I cross stitch too much to be able to do that. It looks awesome though!! :)

Crystal Rhew Staley said...

Thanks Anna--I will look into that, it seems like it would definitely be helpful. This was fun! Thanks for organizing it.

Meari said...

I don't know that DMC makes the color card with actual thread samples anymore. I have one, but haven't seen them in stores for years.

I enjoyed reading about your thread stash. Love that pink!

I've played along, too.