Udated December 9, 2020.
I love the idea of needlepoint clubs, but, like many of you, I have far too many projects to do to get 12 new canvases in a year.
But why not do your own needlepoint club by using threads. You can set your budget for the year, divide it by 12, and buy threads with a plan.
Here are three ways to do it.
Watercolours by alphabet: Take an alphabetical listing of Caron’s Watercolours (available here). Cross out the colors you have. Then divide the rest by 12 and buy each section in alphabetical order each month. Because the color names don’t go in a color sequence, you’ll get a nice assortment each month.
Color of the Month: My friend Michelle, who owned a needlepoint shop in California, showcases a particular color of thread each month. During that month, all threads in that color are discounted. Working with a shop that does this is a great way to make your budget go further and increase your stash selection.
Thread of the Month: If you want to learn about specific threads, this plan is the one for you. Begin by writing down 12 threads you want to get to know. Then also look at your stash and think about the colors you normally use. Each month buy a selection of one of these threads in these colors.
This way you have colors you can use right away in a project already in your stash and you can learn about some new threads.
This is a great way to add needlepoint regularly into your life or your gift list.