Have you ever excitedly grabbed a new cross stitch chart, then quickly pulled out your (or so you thought!) extensive stash of fabric, floss and needles only to find that you were missing key elements that you needed to start your project right at that moment?
Argh! Join the club!
Because I’ve had this happen one too many times, I’ve committed to kitting up my projects ahead of time. What’s “kitting” you ask? Wellll lemme tell you! It works! It’s saved me many a tear and tantrum lol!
Here’s how I go about kitting a project: As soon as I get a new chart, I go to the aforementioned stash, and start shopping. Hopefully, I have stitching fabric that will work well, and one that I enjoy stitching on, that also is a color compliment to the chart design. What’s the point of buying fabric if I don’t use it, right? Next, I grab my DMC floss, and begin to search for the chart’s list of colors, checking them off one by one. Then (and here’s my favorite part!) I go to my hand and over dyed floss, and see of I can substitute them for any DMC I’m missing, or switch out the DMC I’ve pulled for more custom dyed colors. I’ve also taken the time to print out conversion charts from Stitches ‘n Things for Weeks Dye Works, Classic Colorworks Threads and Gentle Art Sampler Threads to make things easier for me.
When I’m done with that part of the process, I make a list of anything I’m missing. Whether I shop online, or run to Joanne for DMC or my local needlework shop We, Of The Needle for speciality items, it’s my goal to have EVERYTHING in place and in a project envelope for when I can sit down and stitch. No more frustration!
I hope this helps!
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