keeping track of the threads

02 Apr

This ain’t paint by numbers and i know i may sound neurotic about this, but it helps ME and that’s all right by me. I’m not going to defend it, i just do it. It’s part of my process. Period. You don’t sub sugar for salt. Work your intuitive, meditative, earth mother, contemplative way, and i’ll work mine.

Maybe you’re fine with just picking up any old thread that sort of matches or “will do”, but i like to keep some continuity. For several years i’ve kept track of the threads i’ve used in projects, right down to the brand, fibre type, and thread weight if necessary. (Perle #3, #5, whatever.)

thread notebook

My thread notebook, valuable when i forget what i used on a project i haven’t touched in awhile! Left is some of the threads from Nightmare Uninterrupted, right from Mother’s Heart

Because i use a lot of more “natural” colours and variegated threads, if i don’t keep track, it can suddenly change the look, or just not work for what i intend.

  • DMC Toasted Almond – Color Variations Floss (4072)
  • Caron Wildflowers – Prairie Grass (#252)
  • DMC Espresso – Color Variations Floss (4000)
  • Solidago and tansy dyed perle #3 and #5, 6 stranded embroidery floss
  • white floss and perles, various weights and plies
  • ecru floss and perles, various weights and plies
  • DMC 115 Terra Cotta (variegated)
  • DMC 111  Mustard (variegated)
  • DMC 3041 Antique Violet (haven’t got any on yet, but will use in small dashes–love it with the browns!)
  • Iris (a “craft” “brand”, very inexpensive but a good quality nonetheless, similar to Prism which is available from 123Stitch and a few department stores) rust perle #5 (Iris doesn’t have numbers)
  • Aurifil 2315 20wt (machine) I LOVE Aurifil threads and buy mine from Tristan in BC–great for hand and machine work.
  • might use some fine gold or copper metallic
  • no doubt i will add a few others along the way as inspiration and “need” require 🙂

I tend to order threads in three’s—-i expect to go through a LOT of some of these, especially the Espresso, the Mustard and the Terra Cotta!!!

Git’cher Neuroses ON–BWAHAHAHA HA



Posted by on April 2, 2014 in process and reasoning, threads


2 responses to “keeping track of the threads

  1. judy martin

    April 2, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    I love thread. I’m using silk floss right now (YLI) brand – and have to order it online. I appreciate your thread journal (novel).
    I’m using stem stitch as a hand quilting stitch. Crazier and crazier.
    best regards

    • arlee

      April 30, 2014 at 9:47 am

      it is a rather novel novel 🙂


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