I am not complaining. I am not frustrated. I’ve accepted finding fabric and floss as a challenge and you know how I love a challenge. But, every good challenge takes a lot of time!
I’m only writing this because we all know about the challenges of finding the things we use every day but for those who don’t cross stitch, dang it . . you need to know what the cross stitchers are dealing with! Share the pain, right?
For the long time cross stitchers, they probably have a great selection of floss and fabric but it’s kinda funny for someone such as myself who usually buys everything one could possibly need but now, it just isn’t there to buy.
I’m not sure if it’s getting worse of, if I’ve already bought the things that are easy to find and now I’m searching for the “unfindable”. Is that a word? You know what I mean.
There’s the DMC and Anchor floss we’re all familiar with, and now there’s the overdyed – Gentle Arts, Classic Colorworks, Weeks . . and that’s just the cottons. There’s silk and wool but mostly I’m dealing with cotton threads. Think about a chart that calls for 6 colors of DMC, 6 colors of Gentle Arts, 6 colors of Classic Colorworks and 6 colors of Weeks. I’m finding that, for the most part, I can find most of the Weeks and Classic Colorworks colors if I look consistently at several shops over a month or so, except for a few colors that are very popular. Finding Gentle Arts .. next to impossible and two of the patterns I want to make only list Gentle Arts colors. Many also list DMC colors but even DMC . . I’m finding about half of what I need. There are four or five online shop I check and I hate paying shipping at four places just to get 10 skeins of floss. Worse, there are online shop that don’t show when they’re out of stock so I think I’m getting 10 skeins, pay shipping and only end up with two skeins.
Fabric – a whole ‘nother story! I have mostly brown/tans but I need some cream and yellowish colors. Yesterday I was determined to find one piece that would work for a chart. I didn’t even care about finding that particular color – just something close, and while looking at the fabric on one sight, there were 20 listings per page and 18 of them were out of stock.
Above is fabric I ordered a few weeks ago. Some of it will ship January 27. Some of it, they anticipate will ship May 3, but I’ve found that things don’t always ship when they say they will.
Of course, I can substitute fabric and floss. It’s much easier with fabric because I can look at the chart and if there’s a lot of tan colored floss, I know it’s not going to work on tan fabric so I need to go with cream or something. If a pattern calls for 36 count, I don’t mind using 32 or even 40 count
I’m not that great with subbing floss, especially when there may be four shades of tan in one motif. Since I don’t have the floss here, I have to order whatever I’m going to use and you know how that goes . . ordering four shades of tan, I may get three that look exactly the same or three where one is grayish tan, one is brownish tan and one is pinkish tan.
I’ve really spent as much time . . probably more . . trying to get the supplies I need than I’ve spent stitching.
In the end . . it’s floss and fabric. There are people who need important things (like drywall and roofing shingles in Louisiana) and they can’t get those; there are people who need vaccines and those are in short supply, so . . I’ll just keep hoping that finding floss and fabric are the worst of the problems I have.
But . . it doesn’t hurt to whine and hope for a little sympathy, right?