Wednesday 24 September 2014

Show your Stash: Threads

I have been reading a number of blogs recently who have all been participating in a show your stash: threads edition. It started with this blog where she didn't want to show off her cross stitch fabrics, they're really boring so instead we get to show off our gorgeous threads.

What thread do you usually stitch with?
DMC threads the plain normal ones. I love to work with them and very rarely use anything fancy. Though I do use the DMC metallics, they are just the easiest to get a hold of. 

When you shop for threads, do you buy on impulse or do you buy only what you need?
I stopped buying impulse when I realised I had 4 skeins of some colours and none of ones I did need right then. Since then it's been my goal to eventually collect all the colours. I bought a thread app for my phone and have been using that to keep track of my threads so I don't buy too many of one colour. The only problem is it's not multi device though it works really well. 
You can see the range that it covers is pretty good and it only cost $1 or something like that. I can't remember it was a while ago that I bought it. It's called floss checklist and the avatar for it on android is a purple horse.

How do you sort it? 
I sort my stash in purple bobbin boxes. I do have a blue one for my Afternoon Tea HAED and a couple of little ones for other projects but my main thread stash is in my purple boxes. 

They're getting kinda crowded so I need to buy another one at least.

I also have some random other threads that get kept in bags in my craft boxes. They unfortunately don't get used much I generally forget they are there or am afraid to use them up on a project because they're too pretty.

What tips do you have for building a stash?
Considering I'm trying to do just that at the moment and failing I can't say I have any tips. My plan at the moment is every time I get a new pattern I go and buy the threads I'm missing and slowly I will have the full collection. It should get bigger and bigger hopefully sooner rather than later.

How much is too much?
When you have more than 2 of most threads it becomes stupid. That's where I stopped when I realised I was buying up 3 or more of the same colour without checking what I already had.

How do you whittle your stash down when it's gotten too large?
I don't I just keep buying more :D Or just trying to use some of the colours I already have when I can substitute!

Do you have a current favorite in your stash?    
Yeah I love all the Australian hand dyed threads by Cottage Garden Threads. The colours are just gorgeous. 

 The African Violet is just scrumptious and the others are beautiful too. I will have to work out the perfect project for them one day.

Happy Stitching

p.s. I know I said in my goals I would post a weekly craft update on a Wednesday but as I'm at a cub camp all week with NO reliable phone I had to plan this ahead of time and I'm still posting on a Wednesday just not a WIP update. That will happen as planned next week!   


  1. You probably don't want to hear about my extra 700 skeins of DMC floss. LOL


  2. Your thread app looks helpful. I tried collecting the full DMC set too but I usually just buy all new threads for a new start vs checking what I have. Your Cottage Garden threads are so pretty!


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