Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Random question

So do you share DMC between your projects?  Do you keep your leftover threads for new projects or throw them out and buy new ones?  I ask this because of the bad photo below (your seeing things I haven't started anything new)


I am now pulling out the top half of her face (haha) and restitching with the same shade of  948 used in the bottom half.

The only reason I have used dmc from previous projects is its so expensive here :( and I thought it was wasteful throwing it out...... and I've never had a problem before.........

So what do you do?  Keep it or throw is out and buy new?  And if I'm going to buy new then I may as well buy the silks from HDF........ lol

*hugs*

Andie

P.S  Sorry for those confused.... What I mean is I buy a skein of floss and use any leftovers for other projects which is what must of happened with the piece (not being stitched) above, as the same colour was two different shades, so the bottom half of her face was a different colour than the top.  So my question is do you buy a new skein for each project (I have heard of someone doing this) or do you use the remainder of the skein for other projects?

15 comments:

Tracy J said...

I'm not sure I understand your question because I buy dmc on a skein. I will use the same skein for more than 1 project. I probably have dmc that is over a decade old. I do notice that when I am stitching and I am getting close to the end of a thread (I use a long thread and try to use it to its very end which isn't a good practice) it starts to get shredded because of the needle tugging on it during its use, it starts to get thin or hairy in some spots. I haven't always frogged this out and I do have spots on some of my projects that I just hate (nobody else notices though), I think I need to stop the needle about half way through it's length to eliminate this problem.

Rachel said...

I tend to use a skein of floss for many projects. If project looks like it's going to use a lot of a certain color, I try to find a bigger bobbin in my bobbin boxes (a fuller skein). I have some thread in my bobbin boxes that is close to 20 years old, lol. I can see my childlike number writing on the bobbins, haha. I don't throw away floss unless it is totally different from other skeins of the same number (and I don't even throw them away, my daughter uses them to make bracelets). So far, I have not run into a shading problem on a project. (Knocks on wood!) Even though the DMC is not that expensive here, I hate to be wasteful!

Very good question Andie! :)

Freddysmama said...

I use whatever I've got and buy new when I need it. If I know I'm going to need multiple skeins, then I check the old against the new, if it looks a little dodgy, then blend one strand of the old with one of the new. Saves wasting floss, saves $$$ and you really can't see any difference. I've very seldom run into dye lot problems and I've got some DMC that I've had almost 20 years...

It's crazy how expensive everything is in NZ and Oz - I buy almost everything from 123stitch now...

Veronica said...

I'm a hoarder. I never throw anything I can still use out. If I know a piece will be using more than the leftovers, I'll use a new skein but I'll still keep the leftovers for another project that doesn't use as much floss. I need to get my eyes checked!!! I'm seeing things? Really? Uh huh... you haven't started something new :P

Anonymous said...

I wind all skeins of threads onto bobbins, with either the colour number or just colour shade/name written on. This way I can keep threads for other projects. And if someone asks if I have a particular number/shade thread they can use, I give them the "leftovers"! - so far I haven't had any complaints! I keep leftover thread from kits (including the free ones with magazines)and wind them onto bobbins as well. I only buy brand new skeins ($1.20AUD each!) if I have no similar colours in my stash. It saves money - I rarely have to buy brand new skeins!
Elizabeth

Ineke said...

I use the leftovers. I have a lot of them and some are real old skeins. If it is possible I start a new skein when it isn't touching the old colour, because mostly there is a difference in shades now and use the old in smaller parts. For big parts in one colour I just use a new skein when I am not sure of the amount that is left.
DMC is expensive in The Netherlands too.

Lesleyanne said...

I buy skeins and put them onto bobbins and use the bobbins for as many projects as it will last.

weestitchy.com said...

i am same as lesleyanne and share the treads between my projects as i found i had 8 bobbins of 3371!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Freddy's Mama gave the tip I was going to use!
I only have one of each skein and will use it until it runs out. I am more conscious of dye lots now and will look out for matches on larger projects.
If I stitch a cover kit which has DMC numbers I will check them against the skeins and put leftover pieces in the bag (I use Flossaway bags for storage not bobbins) if they match.
If they don't match they go in my colour-sorted "bits bags" which I use for stitching smalls and my own designs rather than using mt precious DMC! 90p a skein in one LNS!!!

Kathy A. said...

I don't buy new threads unless it is a monster project that I'm gonna drag around for years.
But, I always check my threads in daylight for color matces. Some of the older skeins are different. Sorry to hear you had to rip hon.

Joysze said...

Awww man!!! That's a bummer to have to frog (on your non-start ;) ).

I keep all my floss as well and use them till the bobbin runs out of thread. If I'm starting something new and I know how much is needed, and if I see I don't have enough left on the bobbin, then I double check on the color of the new skein to make sure they match up. If not, I'll use the new skein and leave the bobbinated one for another project.

demeter83 said...

I use the same skein on different projects, then just start a new one when the old one runs out. Never had a problem before, but now that I've said that it'll probably happen next time.

mdgtjulie said...

It depends on the size of the project, and the amount of floss left. If it's a big project, I generally buy one of each. If it's a small project, I try to use floss in my stash, as I'm not likely to run into dye lot problems like that.

feather-stitching.com said...

I've only had problems generally with some of the older dye-lot changes that DMC did ... in that case I found an Anchor thread that was closer to the original colour (that I was already using) than the new DMC - after that I've learnt to check I have spare skeins of any "big" projects, otherwise I just stitch from the same skein for everything and replace when I've run out ... I don't get paid enough to buy new skeins for every project I do, as I too am stung by the Oz/NZ pricing issue :P

Stitching Sweetie said...

I'm do pretty much the same thing as Joyce. I keep my "leftovers". If I'm stitching something bigger & I don't have enough matching I will get the total amount needed before I start.