One of the perks when you write a book is that sometimes companies will send you products for free. I was already a huge fan of all things Lecien, including COSMO floss so when I told them I was writing an embroidery book and that I was going to use COSMO, a huge box filled with the entire collection showed up at my door. Not gonna lie, that was a lot of fun. :)
But it did leave me with a problem. See, I've kept my DMC floss all neatly wound and organized with those standard single floss cards since I started cross stitching (some 30 years ago). I couldn't bear having my floss loose in skeins all jumbly. I had them sorted by colour/number groups in little ziploc bags inside of bigger ziploc bags. But that system was NOT working for me. I like to find what I need quickly and be able to use it. My DMC collection had grown very slowly over the years as I purchased a few skeins here and there for new projects. Having the daunting task of winding all 500 skeins at once was ... well, daunting.
And then there was the cost of the cards too. I would have been happy to just get a bunch of the plain white cards - which was a nicely affordable solution - until I saw these sturdy, gorgeous, elegant, be.still.my.heart ones. Can you blame me?
So I started buying them in small batches. Here and there. When I had a few pennies to spare. But a few months ago, I got a bee in my bonnet about all this floss. It was now over two years since I started this process and I just needed it done already. So I went to this Etsy shop and bought enough cards to wind the rest of my collection. Beth, the owner, is the sweetest lady and her price for these cards is the lowest I've ever seen.
In preparation of our stay in Iowa (and to save on shipping), I had them sent to my sister's place. For two whole days I was parked at her dining room table, winding and winding and winding some more. Oh that was t.e.d.i.o.i.s! But it's done and I couldn't be happier. Now I can find what I need. I hope to get prettier containers later when my sewing room is put together properly. But for now these utilitarian clear boxes work just fine. My floss is all organized and neat and easy to use. I can grab the cards and pop them in my project pouch as needed ... which makes me a very happy stitcher. :)
If you're looking for COSMO floss, Out of Hand is my local go-to source and they do international mail order. (They even sell the master index folder you see in the 2nd, 3rd & 4th photos up there!) Just give them a call. And Super Buzzy - an online shop - is another great source. Again, the COSMO floss cards are available here.
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Congratulations Cindy L.! You are the winner of Fat Quarter Style. Thank you all for playing along.