I have been busy for the past week organizing all the embroidery floss that I own. Sure, that may sound like the lamest thing in the world, but as a cross stitcher, I had an absolute blast doing it.
I decided to start a new cross stitching project this week. I wanted to do one where I had the pattern created from a picture and then I would have to buy the embroidery floss and fabric separate. I received the chart from a friend who has an amazing pattern maker on her computer. However, before I went out and bought the 50 colours of floss required for the project, I wanted to check what I had first.
Over the years, as I have finished a cross stitching project, I have saved all my leftover floss. When I finally went through everything this week, I found some interesting treasures. I found some floss from my first project in 1997 (Oh the memories! ;-)) and even some from the 1960s that my mother in-law had given me. There was a crazy amount of floss to organize. I definitely had a huge job ahead of me. Plus, I had to convert some of the colour numbers to a universal numbering system (DMC). Luckily I found a great website that helped me find the best match for each colour in the DMC system. Sorry for the technical blabber, but the numbers were important as that was how I organized them.
I wish I had taken a picture of ALL the floss I found. There was tonnes! Luckily, years ago, my Mom bought two boxes of DMC thread at a garage sale for me. I started with those boxes and just added my extra floss to them.
With some of the floss, it took some guess work and colour matching to make sure that I was sorting each floss with the correct/best colour. I bought little miniature DMC labels so the numbers would be just right. I ended up having to buy a third storage box because I had so much floss. Seriously, it was a cross stitcher’s dream to find all this floss and put it all together!!
Now that I am done, everything is super pretty and collected. I have a little bit of room left in the 3rd box, just incase I need to buy any more colours. Now I want to make a spreadsheet so that I have access to every colour that I own, just incase I don’t have the storage boxes with me while I am out and about.
In the end, for my new project, I only needed to buy 9 of the 50 required colours!! Talk about saving money and helping to complete my collection eh?! Yay.
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