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left over thread
Sat, Apr 11, 2015 8:45 AM
Posted by Maria Whopples
Hi, what do people do with their left over thread when they have completed a kit? it is a shame to throw it all away. I love any ideas.
  • Reply from Judy
    Saturday, April 11, 2015 11:42 PM

    Some people get a nice glass jar and save them in there and that adds color to their room. Some people save them and then at Christmas time they purchase the clear ornament's that you can put things in, again adding color to your Christmas tree. Then some people put them outside for the birds to use when building their nests. Hope that helps, enjoy your day and happy stitching...Judy :) Go to top

  • Reply from Anneli
    Tuesday, April 14, 2015 10:38 AM
    I save them and use to my next stitching projects. If there is a lot of thread left I use bobbins, if only a ply or two I use punched cards to store them. It saves a lot of money when stitching charts and patterns. No need to buy new threads every time. Go to top
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    Reply from NANCYE G
    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 10:18 AM

    I don't use kits. When I get down to the end of my flosses I put it into a clear container. I use it for gridding fabric, doing a small sample of something I am working on, or filling in small areas of a project that don't need a specific color. Go to top
    • Reply from Maria Whopples
      Thursday, April 16, 2015 5:05 AM
      thank you xxx
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    Reply from Linda Kramm
    Tuesday, April 21, 2015 2:38 PM
    Put your thread into floss bags and use for your own projects, like Christmas ornaments or bookmarks. Snip-it scraps - put out on shrubs for birds to make new nests. Go to top
    • Reply from Maria Whopples
      Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6:10 AM
      Thank you xxxx Go to top
  • Reply from stitchyliz
    Thursday, May 7, 2015 12:18 PM
    I use the snack-size Ziploc baggies for my leftover floss, writing the color name and number on the bag. I sort them by color family and keep them in a photo box. When I am making something small like a biscornu or ornament I pull out the box. I recently started stitching the alphabet and number blocks from New Stitches back in the 1990's and my goal is to use only these flosses except for the white background.
    I prefer charts but do buy kits when the price is right or that is the only way to get the design I like. Since I have been stitching for over 50 years I have a huge stash. Go to top
  • Reply from Pamn
    Thursday, June 18, 2015 3:08 PM
    Hi there, Pamn here. I seldom (very seldom) use kits. When I do, I tend to substitute the threads for DMC. At anyrate, I have leftover threads as well. I differentiate these from "orts", the trimmings left behind. I call these threads "orphan threads" and baggie them up in snack bags in their own storage box. I use them for odd little projects that don't require much thread, or for cross stitch labels and such. From time to time the "orphan floss" may outgrow its storage container/box. I'll then donate it to a charity thrift store or to a teenager into "friendship bracelets". Also, those who tie flies for fly fishing can use them.

    Live long and prosper, Pamn. Go to top