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divinenanny
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4:07 am Nov 27, 2008

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Originally posted by Lisa_R
I'm in the UK and I get most of my threads from an eBay seller http://shop.ebay.co.uk/merchant/westbbc


Thanks again for the tip Lisa. I ordered 200 skeins last friday, and yesterday they arrived... now it's time for me to get organized.... winding those bobbins Wink
Divecat
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2:01 pm Nov 27, 2008

Hi Divine

It is really worth taking the time to prepare the skeins as it means you can get cracking on the stitching without having to stop and start winding the bobbins.

Good luck and looking forward to seeing your updates.

Best wishes - Christine x Stitching
Alanna
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10:09 pm Nov 30, 2008

Hi Sara,

I'm Alanna and I have absolutely nothing to say about Rife's written communication skills, as I feel they speak quite loudly enough for themselves Wink

Welcome to SQ and I have to say, good choice of pattern! I just bought this one myself and plan to start in the new year. The pattern is amazing -58 pages of goodness (and that's standard size!), over 120 DMC colours and up to 7 skeins needed of some of those colours! I'm in the process of organising myself for this project: getting bobbined up etc. although I haven't yet started to look into floss. DMC is $1.50 a skein here (that's about US$1) and there's no such thing as bulk buy discounts, so I really need to find another solution too (might be calling on some of my chatty US pals Wink ) I regularly deal with Sew and So and can't sing their praises highly enough, they're always wonderful, cheap, fast and got everything you need. Simply the best.
I myself intend to use a scroll frame for this project, and am currently in the process of building a stand for myself - hope to get that finished over Christmas. I'm also intending on starting in the top right corner (I like to do things backwards) and on giving parking a serious go - will be my first time too.
I'll be starting a blog for this project so we'll be able to see where we're up to- we could even have a stitch-along!
I just have to rest my hand at the moment, so no stiitching for a little while, but lots of bobbin winding... Smile
divinenanny
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3:52 am Dec 01, 2008

Hi Alanna,

Great to hear that you are going to do A Mon Seul Desir too, I'd love to follow your blog to see if I am keeping up... Wink Unfortunately I don't have much time during the week to stitch, it really annoys me when I want to get something done... ah well.
I hope to get my pattern this week. I got the fabric last week (I went for 18-count aida in a light grey color) and trimmed the edges this weekend. I am still winding those bobbins (about 50 skeins to go...) so I think I'll be ready when the pattern comes. I have a few days off around Christmas and New Years, so I hope to get a head start then Wink.
Where are you from? Like I said, DMC is about 1,50, the cheapest I found in The Netherlands was 1,10. In the end I bought it from Barbara, the UK eBay seller Liza_R recommended. She was fast, good and cheap.

Funny thing... I showed my mom this site, she's been doing cross stitch for a long time, finished many many pieces. She hasn't stitched in a while because there was no place in her home to hang them... She saw the Mucha patterns on this site (Flower, Fruit, Primrose and Feather) and promptly ordered all four. Now she can't wait to get started again Very Happy

Anyway, Alana, I'd love to get your blog address when you start. My progress will be shown (in English) on http://www.divinenanny.nl. I'll start in about two weeks, when my current project is (finally) done....
Alanna
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7:34 pm Dec 01, 2008

Sounds really exciting, Sara! And I don't think you'll have to worry about "keeping up with me" - you'll get a headstart on me anyway because I'm currently having a no stitching break due to a hand injury, and then I have another project to finish first so I won't be starting until the new year. I think it will be fun to keep each other motivated on it though- it's an enormous project, even if you did a page a month, it would still take 54 months!! That's 4.5 years!!! Shocked So I think there'll be times when we're going to need a little nudge along from the other! Sounds like you had a successful interaction with your Ebay seller - can I ask you what the total cost of the floss was with her? And was her postage expensive?
divinenanny
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7:32 am Dec 02, 2008

I find your calculation slightly daunting Wink... 54=4.5 years... oy, and here I was counting on 3 years. I guess I'll take some time off from work just to stitch Very Happy. I think it will be good that we can encourage each other, I know I'll probably need it.
I got the pattern yesterday and I am even more excited Very Happy I made some enlarged copies for me to start stitching, so after I finish my current WIP (it will take another week I'm estimating) I will start Very Happy.

Let's see, I paid a total of GBP 75 for 200 skeins, 2 DMC bobbin boxes (the big ones), 2 packs of DMC paper bobbins and the DMC number stickers. I think postage comes to something between 10/15 pounds in that calculation. She was very nice in communicating, and she had all the DMC threads in stock. Of course shipping to Australia might be high, but I guess the same would go for shipping from the US.
Alanna
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5:46 pm Dec 02, 2008

Thanks, Sara. I guess that sounds like a pretty good deal, if it includes postage. I would be looking at around $300 here (around 150 euros) so that would be saving me some money. It must be exciting that you will be starting so soon! Have you pregridded your fabric?
divinenanny
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11:53 pm Dec 02, 2008

No, I didn't pregrid my fabric. To be honest, I'd never heard of pregridding before coming here, and I think I'll manage without it. Of course I might change my mind when I get started Very Happy
I think I am all ready to go now:



To see what's what on that photo, please go to it's flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/divinenanny/3078445618/
Alanna
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12:32 am Dec 03, 2008

Well it sure looks like you're ready to go! How exciting!!! Very Happy
rifestitch
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10:27 am Dec 03, 2008

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Originally posted by divinenanny

I think I am all ready to go now:





Sooooo, got page 1 done yet??? Kidding, only kidding! But hey, you're 6-7 hours ahead of me - have you started yet???
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