Sometimes having a huge thread stash gets me down. I don’t like putting threads away so they accumlate. I haven’t gotten around to labeling the drawers so finding a paretricular thread is a pain.
But I love having the choices the big stash brings.
The last couple of weeks I have been stitching a sampler, pictured above, for my current 25 Stitches class. I thought I haed all my bases covered. I had plenty of thread for the colored blocks and i had a brand new skein of the perfect background color (a Watercolours shade, blush, that is a pinkish cream).
On Wednesday night I started the background. No worries, it went well. However, when I stopped stitching for the night I left the skein out on the end table. I knew I would be stitching it again the next day. Come Thursday, it had disappeared. It had not fallen off the table, i checked. It had not fallen under the chair, ditto on that. I took everything out of my tote that has the current projects, ditto there as well.
That’s where the big stash comes to the rescue. Friday I went to the thread stash & looked in the non-nuetral, non-multi-color Watercolours drawer (yes there are three drawers of Watercolours). The original skein had been in the neutrals drawer, where white and creamy background colors live). And there, without a label was a partial skein that looked close.
I immediately tried it and it’s perfect.
Thanks to my large stash I did not have to start over.
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Janet Perry is the Internet's leading authority on needlepoint. She designs, teaches and writes, getting raves from her fans for her innovative techniques, extensive knowledge and generous teaching style. A leading writer of stitch guides, she blogs here and lives on an island in the northeast corner of the SF Bay with her family
Too many skeins of thread or other needlework items such as silk gauze, linen, pattern books or the like? Join the club… A lot of us have loads pf stuff whenever we get involved in a craft, hobby or interest. We can go through boxes and bind and organize things during the current CV-19 “down time” and set aside several items for friends and strangers who might be interested in learning or processing with their skills.
Like so many others, I have developed so many hobbies and interests over the years. Smile when I see a variety of finished projects around me. At times, I wonder how I found the time. At other times, I am amazed by my efforts. Celebrate! Organize! Share a bit of your stash. You have always generously shared your knowledge with so many of us. Thank you for your generosity and your awesome knowledge!
Now, I have to pull our my needlework stash and other interests and go though things…