This is how far I've got with my latest Helen M Stevens' design - just the transferring and colour selection done. Actually, that represents almost an hour and a half's work! I used a new piece of white carbon paper to transfer the design, so there was a LOT of extra dust to remove. Anyway, it was done finally and I was able to get down to picking out the threads. As you can see, I've got Anchor (from several generations of packing type!!), DMC and Kreinik here ready to use. Hope to get stitching on it soon.=)
I want to ask readers about thread storage etc. Now, my problem is this: My main stranded cottons (the complete set of Anchor ones) are stored in press top bags in colour number order. This is very convenient for getting threads out for cross stitch projects, or other pieces where I'm pulling things out according to colour number, but not so good when I'm selecting shades for today's piece. Then my storage for the few DMC threads I own is better, where I have them arranged by colour in bags. How can I marry these two systems up so that they're useful for both?
Of course, I have the real thread shade card for my Anchor threads and I use it a lot, but it's better to hold a real skein against your fabric etc than a tiny bit of sample thread that doesn't often reach anyway. Any ideas Here's the solution I thought of earlier, which I would like your opinions on:
I thought of taking all my Anchor threads and re-sorting them according to colour families and making a list of the colour numbers which I would then attach to the bag in number order. I'd also include my DMC threads in each relevant bag and on the shade number list. I'd also create a list of all the Anchor shades (there's one on the shade card I can copy) showing which bag they were now in so that it would be a bit easier and quicker to find needed shades for counted designs etc. It means several hours work, but could well be the half-way house solution I need.
Will that work, do you think? Or can you think of a way to improve it? Thanks!
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