I should have taken a before and after picture yesterday but having a dining room table that seats eight means I can make one heck of a mess on that table!
A few days ago I was trying to decide what I was going to make for my New Year’s Day start and . . oh, what a disaster! Digging through patterns, digging through fabric, digging through floss. Add a cat sailing across the table a few times and . . maybe it’s better I didn’t take a picture!
When I first started ordering cross stitch supplies, I told myself I was going to stay organized. That didn’t happen.
With a lot of patterns, 123 Stitch has a feature just below the pattern where you can order all the floss and sometimes the fabric too but I don’t know that there’s been a single pattern I’ve bought that had ALL the floss available so I’d go to Cross Stitching Supplies or Fat Quarter Shop and see if they had the needed floss and if they did, I’d order it from there. Some of the more popular colors, no one had so I’d make a list of those and when I’d place an order with any of those shops, I’d add those colors to the list if they were in stock. So, I ended up with a big mess of floss.
I spent almost the entire day yesterday working on getting all that organized. I feel good about my efforts and think that will help tremendously.
These were two plastic storage drawer units I had in the sewing room in Texas. I’m not sure I’ll have a place for them in the sewing room here. Since they seemed about perfect for cross stitching supplies, that’s what I’m going to use. Maybe some day when we can go out and shop again, I’ll find something that looks a little nicer but for now, I’m happy to have it and I think it will serve the purpose.
My labels aren’t very straight but they’re on there and that’s good enough for me. I still have one large drawer and two small drawers that haven’t been assigned to something. I think one of the small drawers will be for projects I’ve finished stitching but haven’t yet totally finished. I’m sure there will be other things I need that will have to have a place to reside.
I put together 12 kits yesterday. With the cats and the one I started yesterday, that’s 14 project kits. I was watching a flosstube the other day and a lady had finished 36 projects in 2020. WHAT? That’s a lot . . and she has other hobbies too. I feel like a slug. I’ll be happy if I get 10 projects finished this year.
Once I’ve finished 5 or 6 of these, hopefully it will be easier to get floss and I can order what I need to kit up other patterns. For so many patterns, I have about half of the floss but it’s frustrating trying to get what I need. Even the popular DMC colors are out of stock at most places and there’s no way to get everything from one place. If I need 12 skeins and have to order from three places and pay $3 – $5 shipping at each place, that’s not cost effective. So, for now, I’ll stitch what I have.
Hobby Lobby locally had a great stock of DMC the last time I was in there but I’m not going to go in and get it now. It’s sad that I feel like I’m risking my life to get DMC floss but that’s where we are now. Joann’s has curbside service but I think it’s a bit time consuming to ask them to pick out 20 or more DMC colors. If I was desperate – maybe . . but or now, I have enough to keep me busy.
Of the 12 kits I put together yesterday, three needed fabric and four needed one or two skeins of floss. I was able to find everything I needed to complete those kits and I put notes on each pattern as to what I need so when it comes in, I don’t have to try to figure out what goes where . . which would mean it would get piled onto the table and probably used for the wrong project.
I’m going to finish the border on the Playful Cats and then I need to get back to knitting a test knt.