I will always be grateful to my cousin for teaching me to cross stitch when I was 10. I still remember her patience when helping me to undo the tangles and mistakes. Cross stitching was an on-off hobby of mine. Supplies was ok, Mom was very supportive and as I am a hoarder, the thread and fabric are seldom lost. I did mostly small designs on huge colourful 6 ct Aida, which unfortunately, are lost.
When I was in Form 3 (15 years old) I was so attracted to a pattern of a Roman Sculpture (in shades of grey, white, ecru…) and I stitched it on my first 11 ct Aida. I got myself so confused with the patterns (the colours were so similar and I was not comfortable with the fabric count) and it became so daunting that it remained unfinished. School activities kept me busy.
It was only after more than 5 years that I admitted to myself that I was delaying and making excuses and I finally gave up when I lost the pattern. But I kept the floss. That’s when I started to collect DMC floss. My humble collection of greys slowly expanded to amazing colours, as I continued to stitch, small designs, of course.
A few years ago, I started to realise that my floss collection was in a sorry state. I put them in boxes, which took hours to sort. Then, I remembered my pink Mary Kay cosmetic sorter. It served nicely, until it became too bulky to zip.
Now, my cross stitch floss are in these organizers. I bought these organizers at different stores at a very reasonable cost (sorry, I don’t remember the price). I also keep a record of the floss according to a DMC checklist which you can print from DMC -USA .
Maybe I need to get more containers...the poor floss are truly quite crammed inside. But, actually, I like it better this way and have some space for my ribbons and other knick-knacks.
– Precious Crafts