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…on the thread day of Christmas…

…on the thread day of Christmas…

…my true love gave to me, six loose thread bobbins, five paper layers, four paint colours, three fave stencils, two adhesives and a thread minder in a pear tree.

Ok, so grand lyricist I am not. What I am, though, is rather adept at taking hold of an idea and running with it. Occasionally I even finish said idea. Over the weekend, I was merrily stitching away on my Christmas cross-stitch, and slowly, my needle minder was becoming choked with floss off cuts that I was shoving between the two magnets. My floss bobbins were insistent on running away, and when we went to the pool for a swim, it was a juggle to get towels and book and drink and the loose bobbins and the random bits of thread where they needed to be. I got sick of constantly chasing the floss, and so I took myself off to the craft room to make myself a thread minder.

I have been hoarding the last of my Basic Grey “Dasher” paper fork don’t know how long, and I decided to be brave and actually use it for this project. My abject terror of wasting a hoarded item on an unworthy project showed up no long after, as I prepared to add some gelli print accents to the background. Looking for only something subtle, I used a thin layer of paint, and by the time I layered three couloirs and grabbed my paper, it transpired that my craft room was hot enough to dry the paint and nothing transferred! Attempt two was more successful, where I simply printed each colour one at a time. But the time I did just two colours this time, and put my paper down, I was having to work hard to clean my gelli plate, and most of the paint actually formed crumbs as it came off, it was that dry! Lesson learned, find a cooler room of the house to work in if I want to gelli print over summer!

With all the various bits done, I then ran it through the laminator, trimmed the corners and went to work with my cropadile. A book ring was the final addition to hold the bobbins, and a larger hole punched on the right hand side meant it had a home to keep everything all together, ready for a busy couple of weeks of stitching. The colours came together beautifully and match my project (a very important part of thread minder design!). My current conundrum now I have a themed thread minder, is do I need a themed needle minder and project pouch? A big part of me, the easily distracted by new projects part, says “of course”. The practical part of me says “just finish the darn cross stitch”. Considering how much I love how the cross stitch is coming together, I’m inclined to roll with the practical…

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