Tuesday, May 19, 2015

30 Day Challenges Day 7 - Threads in My Stash

I need to find a good way to organize my threads. I seem to add new ones before I use up old ones and hunting through a big tub isn't the most efficient way to determine colours. Plus I don't think it's the best way to store threads either. I quite like the way Twisted Stitcher has her threads organized, but it will take more time than I have right now. 

Also, there seem to be a few new hand dyed thread dyers in the market now like Mo's Sale, Fiberlicious, Jodyri and Chromatic Alchemy so I need to make room for more threads too. :)

Here's a quick list of threads I have in my collection:

1. Weeks Dye Works

I really enjoy stitching with WDW thread. It seems pretty smooth and I love their range of hand dyed colours. I've stitched many different projects with them and have never regretted my choice. I've found there is a slight difference in dye lots, so it is good to make sure you have enough of the colour you want before you start. 

2. Caron Soie Cristale/Waterlilies

I separated the Caron lines I have into different numbers because they are all so different from each other. I really love the silk line. The solids (Soie Cristale) are gorgeous and with 12 strands they last a while, even though they're a little pricey. The hand dyed Wildflowers are beautiful as well and very nice to stitch with. The colour range in both shows good forethought so you can mix and match in a project. 

3. Caron Watercolours

I only recently tried these out for Mabel's Fancies A Song of the Weather. They're so nice to stitch with. You can separate the threads into 3 and use one like it's a #5 perle. I find they're relaxing to stitch with, but that may be because it was for hardanger kloster blocks and they're very soothing. I haven't tried these with anything else yet. 

4. Caron Wildflowers

Many, if not all, of the Wildflowers have a corresponding Watercolour so you can combine colours in hardanger projects or anything really and have a nice contrast in coverage and plumpness in your stitching. I'd like to try these out on something that's not hardanger just to see how I like them, but I haven't yet. They're between a #8 and #12 perle in thickness. 

5. Mo's Sale

I've only just purchased a few of these and I have yet to stitch with them. I'm looking forward to trying them out though, and I like the fact she adds new colours frequently that fit current trends. Check out her Avengers line and you'll see what I mean. 

6. Chromatic Alchemy

This is a fairly new venture for Sam and I hope she has success. She's already won me over with her amazing fabrics and I happened to win one of her threads in a Facebook contest. She's having a giveaway on her website right now, so make sure to check it out. I need to find the right project for the floss and I have a good idea, I just need time to try it out. :)

7. Crescent Colours

I've been stitching with these for the first time on my Letters From Nora. They stitch smoothly and don't seem to tangle and I like the subtle variation in the colours I've used so far. It's made what looked like a very complicated confetti project into something fairly easy and enjoyable. 

8. Kreinik #4, #8 and blending filaments

I think most of us have a love/hate relationship with Kreinik. It has some great shine, but boy are metallics a pain to use. I find the blending filament is easier to deal with, but it's still good to use short lengths so it doesn't shred on you. 

9. Dragon Floss

I received these as a gift and I have yet to stitch with them. Again, I need to find the right project. They were somewhat pastel colours and I didn't stitch with pastels if I could avoid them in the last couple years. However, now that I have DD and I'm starting to branch out a bit I'm ready to try all kinds of different colours. 

10. Dinky Dyes

I picked up a few Oops packs from Dinky Dyes and I love stitching with them! They're so smooth and they have such a great range of colours. I'd love to win the full set they often offer at the Online Needlework show, but I'll have to add colours to my range slowly. 

So that's most of the different types I have besides DMC. I joined Jodyri's threads of the month and am awaiting my first order. Then I can add those to my list and somehow try and organize everything. 

If you have any favourite threads I didn't mention, please let me know, and share your thread organization tips please!

Happy Stitching,



  1. Oh I love the Twisted Stitcher method. Honestly I am just a plain ol DMC kind of girl so my threads are a lot easier to organize. The others go into a shoebox into Ziploc bags. Good luck finding a method that works for you.

  2. Oooooo my favourite subject! So cool that you have joined the Jodyri monthly club, I love those threads with a passion! I'm a flossaway girl when it comes to specialities, as you know I have quite a few *ahem* and so shelled out for a couple of large rainbow storage towers (from the Really Useful Box company) to keep them all in. Best stash money I ever spent! Other fave threads of mine aside from the ones you mentioned: Gloriana, Fiberlicious, AVAS, Silk Mill, Threadworx , GASTs..... *falls into thread coma*......

    1. :) Thanks for the list Mrs MBK. And I blame you for making me join her club.


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