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More Threads on Their Way!

This whole online shopping thing… it makes buying things far to easy.

Especially if you have your credit card number memorized 😀 It’s probably a good thing that our bank thinks our account has been compromised every couple of years, and gives us a new number, because it takes me about 18 months to get to the point of always getting the number right.

Lest you think I’m mentally challenged beyond my short-term memory issue, here’s how it goes: at first I don’t care about ordering anything because it’s *harder* without that memorized number, then the urge to buy online makes me get out of my chair and fetch card, then a few months later I start trying to memorize it, and long long long after that I finally get it!

Anyway, I realized after I read Mary Corbet’s blog yesterday that I hadn’t ordered any Floche. She says it’s her favorite thread ever, and I had intended to order some. So, as probably the last order I’ll make with this credit card (a new one is on its way from my (over-vigilant?) bank) I jumped on the last few minutes of Hedgehog Handiworks February sale.

The immediate gratification happens the second you get that “Print this page for your records” receipt and order number. But then you have to wait for the products to be delivered! But then again, you don’t have to get out of your jammies. But you don’t get to see and feel the items you are buying first hand — and for someone as color-aware as I am that’s unsettling. So many items on the pro and con list of shopping online!

I picked a few different colors than my Broder selections. I hope they come soon. I also hope she (the owner) takes pity on me and reduces the shipping cost to actual cost — 10 twists of thread can’t cost $4 to ship, can they? Just throw ’em in an envelope already!

I am declaring the next few hours of my day to be Tuesday — off to stitch!

Gail

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Double Blogging My Stitching

Did you know this is a secondary blog for me? My daughter and I have a “creative ventures” blog called 2 Create in Color. I love the play on words for the 2Create turning into To Create! Because we do! Our brains function on the creativity channel all the time. We use the blog as a way to prompt ourselves to actually get off our hineys and play with our toys — to act on those creative imaginings.

The reason I opened this blog for my TAST work is because I didn’t want to saturate 2Create with weekly TAST stitch samples. I had planned on only putting my TAST Fabric Journal crazy quilt blocks (which will summarize the previous 4-5 stitches) on there.

But I have yet to start the first block and the second one’s targeted time is coming up. I couldn’t stand the suspense though, and the other day I put up my first 4 stitch samples and ~~sqeeee!~~ my new threads!

Yup, I got my Coton a Broder and 2 skeins of Soie d’Alger from Hedgehog Handiworks in the mail right after I got back from my Arizona vacation! You can see them here in the 2Create post.

Aren’t they pretty????? I did as suggested and just picked colors that caught my eye, plus a few neutrals because every now and then I love a neutral tone-on-tone look.

It’s a good beginning!

Gail

What Colors to Choose When Stash Building?

One of the things that is becoming a constant conversation in the back of  my mind (yes, I have voices in my head LOL) is which colors of threads to purchase for my CQ and embroidery stockpile. Having just struggled through weeks of indecision about colors of coton a broder to order from Hedgehog Handworks duing their Feb sale, I am hoping that someone can lend me some insight.

I am comng off of years of minimal embroidery with a bin full of all colors of stranded floss. All that floss was purchased by the handfuls on big sales during my cross-stitch years. I wanted to have many colors at those prices, for the convenience. Now, however, I have less of an urge to purchase everything available, plus these other threads are quite a bit more spendy.

I know that I will always reah for colors in my favored personal palette, but should I also have a stock of neutrals? Darks and pales? How much of my new threads should intentionally be out of my comfort zone so that I can create thread work with interest?

Opinions? Advice? It’s all welcome!

Gail

Embroidery Supplies on Sale

Just thought you’d like to know about this sale! I am finally going to purchase the coton a broder 25 that I have been planning on, from an amazing online store I have shopped at before (see link below). All month long they are having a sale: 15% off. That’s off everything!

I found out about this through Mary Corbet’s Needle n’Thread, so here’s the link to her post, just go to the bottom of the post and click through to Hedgehog Handiworks from their advertisement block. I like to support my local businesses and my core online websites, and Needle n’ Thread is one of those. Using her link to Hedgehog is one small way to do this, so be a friend!

As far as supporting my local businesses, I tried to go see if Shibori Dragon in Tacoma WA, my nearest needlework store, had coton a broder. I stopped by yesterday. They’re out of business. Sad day.

Where are your favorite places to buy threads? Local? Online? Chain store or boutique?

Happy stitching, and happy shopping! Are you all still out there?

Gail

Getting Ready to Stitch

I am always up for suggestions for being organized to stitch with success and ease. I know from my failed attempt last year that I need to set myself up differently. I need to stitch in better light, with my (ACK!) reading glasses on, and with my TAST Stitch info nearby for reference.

I can take care of the first two easily — I have one of those flip-up OTT lights (wish I had one of the green colored ones, though!) and I just need to grab my close-up specs each time.

Now that I am using a laptop, I can just pull up the stitch reference page from pintangle.com easily enough. I had been sitting in front of our desktop (bad light, no space, etc) because I didn’t want to be printing out so many pages. Now I am wondering if a hard-copy of the stitch pages wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

I am also needing to order some different types of threads. All I have is floss and perle cotton. Tons of floss, but it’s not that convenient to always use floss when one wants cool crazy quilting stitch results! Suggestions of where to start??? (Please! Otherwise I might be tempted to order all colors of every type LOL)

I do have one needlework shop not too out of the way, http://www.shiboridragon.com that used to carry embroidery threads although I don’t find them on their website just now. Hmmm. Does anyone have a favorite online vendor for threads?

OK, so off to gather and organize needles, threads, lamp, and fabrics into a better situation. Suggestions welcome, and don’t hesitate to tell me what works for you!

Happy Stitching!

Gail