A cross stitch tip

Activity at work has been slow so I took a couple days off to finish cleaning out our other house to get it ready to sell. Yawn.

Throughout our move and over Memorial Day weekend, I still made time for cross stitching, so I thought I would show you the progress on my latest project.

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I finally figured out how to organize and keep track of floss colors for a project that requires a lot of color changes. It’s so simple and easy, I wonder why it took so long. It’s worked really well, so I’m sharing it today with the hope that it might work for you.

You will need

  • ordinary copy/printer paper
  • a pen
  • needles (one for each floss color)

Cut a sheet of paper into rectangles, roughly 3″ x 4″. The number of rectangles you need depends on the number of floss colors required for the project. For my project, I needed 21. Take the chart supplied for your project and copy each symbol, color number and description onto your paper rectangles, one color per rectangle.

Gather all your floss skeins, cut a 12″ to 18″ length from each one, separate the strands, thread a needle with each color and stick it into the paper rectangle marked with that color.

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With all your needles loaded and ready to go, you can easily find the paper with the color you need and start stitching.

One advantage has been no more needles lost in the arm of the sofa. But the biggest advantage is no more confusion over shades (light, medium, dark) of a particular color because the needle with each shade always has a place to live when you’re not stitching with it and it’s always labeled.

The two colors marked P and N look different enough in the photo but when they are stitched right next to each other, it is almost impossible to see the difference.

The two colors marked P and N look different enough in the photo but when they are stitched right next to each other, it is almost impossible to see the difference.

Have fun today, whatever you might be doing.

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