Here's the question for this edition of the Blog Hop:
What do you do with the floss, thread, beads, and other elements you have left over from full project kits?Hmm. I usually avoid kits like the plague but there are times when you just have to purchase one, mostly because it's the only way to get a certain pattern.
Any leftover floss that I have from a kit, I toss. Some kits seem to have an inferior floss that feels rough to the touch so I definitely wouldn't want it for any other project. Other kits don't have DMC (or Anchor) numbers so finding their matches would just take too long. Even if I know the numbers, I worry about variations between dye lots. The little bits, aka orts, that I have left when I finish a length of floss, I sometimes save. They're not kits, but I am saving the orts from two of my projects (separately): God Speed and the Sistine Chapel both from HAED. When I am done (years from now) with one of these projects, I plan to either cover a simple glass ornament with all the orts or stuff them in a clear glass ornament.
Beads? This is interesting that it's part of the question because I just had to think about this yesterday. I just finished one of Mill Hill's Charmed Santa Faces and they are very generous with the floss and beads. I tossed the floss but dumped all the remaining beads in a small jar. I currently have at least three more of these kits that I'm going to do and I thought I'd keep all the extra beads together. When I have a good number of beads in the jar, I think I'll make a small beaded bag with them. I won't have a pattern, just whatever bead I grab next out of the jar. It should be interesting to see how it turns out.
Needles from kits I always keep. You can never have too many needles!
P.S. After reading a bunch of comments about letting kids use the leftover floss, I think in the future I'll save mine for my nieces.
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