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2:46 pm Apr 19, 2004

I'm pretty new to stitching, and I just had to start "The Accolade". Does anyone have suggestions for keeping track of your thread with sooo many different colors? I think there are some 20-30 different combinations in a small space, and I think some of the colors only show up once in a block of 10 x 10 stitches, and then only a few times in the whole stained glass window. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. Confused
jenmwoodard
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2:48 pm Apr 19, 2004

OK, that was me (now that I've actually logged in). Just one of those days. Very Happy

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I'm pretty new to stitching, and I just had to start "The Accolade". Does anyone have suggestions for keeping track of your thread with sooo many different colors? I think there are some 20-30 different combinations in a small space, and I think some of the colors only show up once in a block of 10 x 10 stitches, and then only a few times in the whole stained glass window. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. Confused
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11:26 am May 11, 2004

quote:
Originally posted by Anonymous
I'm pretty new to stitching, and I just had to start "The Accolade". Does anyone have suggestions for keeping track of your thread with sooo many different colors? I think there are some 20-30 different combinations in a small space, and I think some of the colors only show up once in a block of 10 x 10 stitches, and then only a few times in the whole stained glass window. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. :?
. -----there are a number of products for separating colors. The one I like best are small zip lock bags (snack size) with a hole and a round clip. You can buy them in craft stores but they're really easy to make.
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11:30 am May 11, 2004

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Originally posted by Anonymous
I'm pretty new to stitching, and I just had to start "The Accolade". Does anyone have suggestions for keeping track of your thread with sooo many different colors? I think there are some 20-30 different combinations in a small space, and I think some of the colors only show up once in a block of 10 x 10 stitches, and then only a few times in the whole stained glass window. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. Confused
. -----there are a number of products for separating colors. The one I like best are small zip lock bags (snack size) with a hole and a round clip. You can buy them in craft stores but they're really easy to make.
---use a hole puncher and make a hole in one of the bottom corners then put all the bags on a round clip (I can't remember what they're called but they are similar to clips you can use for keys.that way you can put all of your thread in order and filp the bags to get to the next color
rindee
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12:11 pm May 25, 2004

[quote="Anonymous"]I'm pretty new to stitching, and I just had to start "The Accolade". Does anyone have suggestions for keeping track of your thread with sooo many different colors? I think there are some 20-30 different combinations in a small space, and I think some of the colors only show up once in a block of 10 x 10 stitches, and then only a few times in the whole stained glass window. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. :?[/quote]

Mostly for the combination colors: I have taken small squares of cardstock and punched a hole in the top. then I drew the color symbol along with the actual thread combination (color numbers). So when I'm done using a color but don't want to loose track of the thread, I just tie the thread to the hole, and the paper identifies the color so next time I come across that particular color, I can use the piece I've already cut.
lou
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6:10 pm May 30, 2004

>> Does anyone have suggestions for keeping track of your thread with sooo many different colors? I think there are some 20-30 different combinations in a small space, >>

Some people recommend keeping a needle threaded with every combination of thread, and sticking them in a piece of styrofoam with all the symbols written on it. You can even buy multiple needle holders for this purpose. Means that you have to have a lot of tapestry needles though! It saves rethreading needles every time you changecolour. i've never tried it but always thought it sounded like a good idea. Smile
jenmwoodard
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11:24 am Jun 19, 2004

The biggest problem I have is not sorting the colors before I use them. My problem is trying to keep the actual work neat.

With 20-30 different colored stitches in such a small space, how do you do it? Is it easier to stitch one color, and jump around (very rarely are the stitches consecutive). Or, I've thought about the technique of parking the thread, but it seems like there will be just too many threads in the way! Should I stitch in the same row/column and then park it, or does it matter?

Needless to say, with such a daunting task before me, I haven't gotten very far on this project. Sad
BarBaraPrz
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1:10 pm Jun 27, 2004

What I do is just work a little section at a time, including backstitching... only on smaller, less complicated projects would I consider doing all one color first, then another. Sometimes I'll park the thread when I'm backstitching, but I try to keep it to a minimum.
With 150,000 stitches and 121 colors, I wish you luck! Keep us posted on your progress. (One day, I may try it myself.)
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12:13 am Dec 17, 2004

quote:
Originally posted by lou
>> Does anyone have suggestions for keeping track of your thread with sooo many different colors? I think there are some 20-30 different combinations in a small space, >>

Some people recommend keeping a needle threaded with every combination of thread, and sticking them in a piece of styrofoam with all the symbols written on it. You can even buy multiple needle holders for this purpose. Means that you have to have a lot of tapestry needles though! It saves rethreading needles every time you changecolour. i've never tried it but always thought it sounded like a good idea. Smile


Very Happy I am working on the Unicorn tapestry which has 42 panels to stirch and 115 blended combinations. I have 115 needles threaded and placed in a styrofoam case I ordered for tracking needles and threads and this is working great. I numbered each blend and after three months of stitching I have many of them memorized. The pre-threading saves a lot of time since I am often filling in holes one stitch at a time!
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5:10 pm Jan 04, 2005

I just viewed "The Accolade." WOW this is an intensive project. Shocked Kudoos and good luck. How long do you expect this will take to complete?
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