05 October 2021

DMC Hoard Organization

 

The hoard is organized! My in-use DMC collection is wound on bobbins and lives very tidily and compactly in four floss boxes (variegated, Color Variations, and Coloris have their own box). Here's how I'm storing my stash of extra full skeins: divided by number and tucked in a baggie with an index card with all the numbers listed on it. Fits in a small box and doesn't take up much space, and so easy to quickly find what I need.

Between this and my toilet paper hoard, I think I'm all set. (By the way, I have been an enthusiastic TP hoarder for many, many years, which is a long standing joke in my family. But when the shortages struck last year, who was laughing then? Mmm hm.)

Happy Stitching!

30 September 2021

PSA: DMC

 

Just in time for spooky season, I have a scary story for you! Y'all know that over the last 18 months or so, I occasionally pop on here with a PSA about the availability of stitching supplies, shipping delays, etc. I have no inside information; I just report what I'm seeing and provide a heads up for my fellow stitchers, just in case.

You've probably been reading about--and experiencing--shortages of varying degrees and price increases caused by a perfect storm of problems: pandemic-related policies/restrictions/closures, labor shortages, supply chain disruptions, etc. Domestic products are being affected, and imports even more so. And what's our favorite import? DMC!

With this in mind, this past weekend I began pondering doing a long overdue DMC inventory and making a list of what colors I needed to restock. I checked the prices at the big craft stores in my area and they were around .46/skein. I decided to wait a bit and see if I could find a "20% off total purchase" coupon, and then I got busy with other things and didn't get back to it. 

Imagine my shock when today I rechecked the prices at my local stores and saw they had jumped to .60/skein! In four days! I'm not gonna lie, a wee bit of panic set in. I've never seen DMC that expensive. I have no idea if this is temporary or just the beginning of the increase, and while I'm not excited about paying .60/skein for DMC, I'm even less excited to pay .75/skein or whatever may be coming. 

I did a lightning fast inventory, found a coupon, and made a mad dash to the store. My 20% off coupon didn't end up working, but the sweet clerk scanned her 25% off coupon, which got my floss down to .45/skein. SCORE! 

If you decide to do a restock, make sure to check online for coupons. 

Here's your DMC checklist

Happy Restocking and Stitching!


28 September 2021

Tea & Coffee Series: September

 

Got a fox! I was tickled pink when this month's teacup appeared! Click on the "tea" label at the end of the post to see the previous months.

23 September 2021

Mini Quaker Series Finished!

 Summer is Coming Mini Quaker from Stitches Through the Years.



All four seasons, top to bottom: Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer




These have been an absolute joy to stitch and I am so pleased not only with each individual piece, but also how well they work together. It is simply a gorgeous series. Gorgeous. I mentioned when I showed my first finish (Autumn) that I'm not really a Quaker fan. In fact, these are the first I've stitched. I'm still not sure I'm a Quaker fan, but I am definitely in love with these. So much so that I'm sad to see this series end. Although I did put a little bee in the designer's bonnet, so maybe...

20 September 2021

Fall Stash






Working away on Summer is Coming Mini Quaker so I can get it finished as quickly as possible (after some delays) and move on to fall and Christmas stitching. Hope you're all well and deep into your autumn stitching!

28 August 2021

It's Here, and It's Pink

 

Y'all, the final installment in the Stitches Through the Years Mini Quaker series is out and it's pink! Summer is Coming Mini Quaker:

Do check it out at the link because my photo doesn't do it justice... it's gorgeous. I just got my threads (still waiting on one, Weeks Sanguine) and hope to make this my holiday weekend project. 

I have loved this series and I'm a bit sad to see it end. You can see my finishes of Autumn, Winter, and Spring in this post.

20 August 2021

Tea & Coffee Series: August


Link to this series at the end of this post.

BONUS! See all the new goodies from the Fall Needlework Expo! (Keep checking back as more are added.)



16 August 2021

A Wee Bookmark

 

Made myself a little Chow bookmark. The puppy is from this Etsy shop and she has quite a few breeds available (as well as other cute designs). I improvised the bottom part to make the bookmark. Stitched with DMC on perforated paper. The sparkly thread used for the bottom is Kreinik Ombre 1700. 



For easy instructions on how I finish perforated paper, see this post. 

Happy Stitching!

13 August 2021

Summer of the WIP: Autumn Sampler (and fabric thoughts... and cake)

 


Still poking along on my Autumn Sampler. I have been finding it difficult to settle to stitching over the last few weeks so I haven't made as much progress as I had hoped. I've also been trying to do some longterm stitchy planning because 1) I have ideas, and 2) I have concerns. I have ideas about the next couple of Christmas Open House themes (yes, I think about it that far in advance), and I have concerns about being able to get what I want, particularly fabric. I was spooked by the recent flooding in Europe and its affect on flax crops (flax = linen). Getting certain types of fabric has been challenging during the pandemic, with many dyers completely unable to keep up their stock. Will the flooding affect the supply of linen coming out of Europe? I don't know, but I do know that the supply chain is already stressed and any extra complication can't help. Plan accordingly. 

Which leads me to...

...a mini fabric binge. Let's be honest. A fabric binge (mini or otherwise) is always a good thing, whether you're worried about supply or not. It's just really nice to get a fat little package of beautiful fabric in the mail, and then carefully lay it away for future projects. It's a bit of hope, that you'll actually get to those projects at some point, and a bit of security, that if things go pear-shaped, at least you've got the fabric you need. Kinda like disaster prep for stitchers. Which seems relevant right now. Yikes.

Anyway, the deliciousness, top to bottom: Valor (PTP), Wood Violet (Wichelt), Vintage Sahara (Zweigart), Flax (Zweigart), Raw Natural (Zweigart).

By the way, that lovely soft violet is for a Christmas project, if you can believe it. 

Things have been a bit challenging lately, and if you're feeling that too, I hope you can find some peace in your stitching. 

Also, here is some cake. Highly recommended.

And a beautiful kitty.

Hang in there, and Happy Stitching.

30 July 2021

Pink & Green Christmas Tree




For a closer look at individual ornaments, click on the Christmas Ornament SAL label at the bottom of this post.

For a closer look at the pink Mrs. Claus tree topper, see this post.

27 July 2021

A Little Christmas in July










If you've been here a while, you may remember back in 2019 when I was preparing to move halfway across the country, I did the very sensible thing and joined a monthly SAL. Because why not? The theme of the SAL (hosted over at the Christmas Ornament SAL blog) was an ornament a month from selected years of the annual Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament issue. I thought this was a brilliant idea for a SAL and decided to stitch my ornaments in pink and green for a Christmas tree in my pink and green sewing room. Shockingly, despite moving and other nonsense, I actually got all twelve ornaments stitched that year. Finishing, however, was another story (which we all know too well). 

I'm proud to say, as of last week, they're all fully finished. These are the last five. If you want to see the previous finishes, click on the Christmas Ornament SAL label at the end of this post. I think the JCS issue information for each ornament is included, but if you don't see it, just ask in the comments and I'll find it. 

More soon...