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Last Question for this week..:)

Postby Beaj » Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:11 pm

What is your opinion of Kits?
I don't buy them so have not stitched them very often except if I get them in my bargains. I have decided that I'm not impressed with the thread that is supplied. It 's fuzzy...it knots up too easy and I'm not impressed with the threads all in a bag ..and just a list that one has to figure out which colour is which . Easy if there is only dark & light in the same design otherwise 3-4 shades of a colour gets tricky and one doesn't wont to end up short..
For me kitting up for a design is less time consuming and I use good DMC thread. @};-
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Re: Last Question for this week..:)

Postby Dragonlair » Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:54 pm

I started with kits 30 + years ago -- leaflets just weren't as available in those days. I've sometimes had to go outdoors or use fluorescent lights to split colors but I LIKE the splitting. To me, that was part of the fun of getting a kit -- working out all the pieces. It did sometimes help to use the count provided to be sure you were getting the right one.

I've rarely run out of thread or didn't have the right color. When I did, I just contacted the company. In the case of a missing color, I had to give their code number and the thread count listed but for shortage, I gave a small snipping of the color that was short. I ALWAYS got the missing stuff fast!

The fabric wasn't a problem either. I don't think I was ever short on fabric.

For me, one advantage of a kit is you were pretty sure (except for the few problems listed above) of having everything right away so you could start right away!
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Re: Last Question for this week..:)

Postby Beaj » Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:13 pm

Oh, oh...guess what !
Just dropped the pattern sheet....on the underside (back) of the ornament sheet is a duplicate list & it includes the DMC thread numbers....so that's a good thing. My fault as I didn't need instructions to do the small Christmas Designs so folded the sheet and never checked the back. The thread is still fuzzy and knots easily so now I can kit the thread
for the remaining designs with my DMC threads.. Gi{{
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Re: Last Question for this week..:)

Postby Lyudmila » Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:09 am

My English friend sent me Anchor's kit "British Waterways". I never stitch from kits as it usually equals three fold the price of what it consists of. Especially as I have nearly all DMCs in my 8 storage boxes. Give me the chart and I will live without kits and stitch happilly.

Well, speaking about my expreience with kits. That particular Anchor kit has Anchor threads which are cut long and on an organizer (unusual to me) plus some in skeins. So even stitching in three strands (my usual way) instead of 2, and using my own 14 count Aida (the kit had 16 count Zweigart which went to my daughter as a surprise unbirthday present), I am sure I wont run short of the threads.

The chart is black and white, large, clear, distinct and the backstitch chart is on a different page. So I stitched two boats and a bridge even faster than when I stitch without a kit using my bobbins.

I also have a kit from Merezhka "Christmas Night"- DMC threads, perfect chart with backstitch chart separately, Aida went into good hands as it was 16 count, I am nearly there with roughly 30x 30cm project. As my editor at work says, "It goes easilly like a song".

BUT there are kits from less known firms which use God knows what threads, waste of space instead of decent fabric and sometimes there is much backstitch and it is on top of the chart, so unreadable and unstitchable. In such cases it goes to charity at once, but I doubt anybody uses them.

Good as the kits may be, I prefer a chart and my own box with bobbins and fabric. Out of an old habit.

To sum up all the above said: if you value your health and nerves, buy a kit from a company you know wont cheat.
Happy stitching everybody!

P.S. Completely forgot to say that Anchor gave the numbers of the Anchor threads, but Merejka keeps those numbers a secret for some unknown reason. But they dont know me. I took out my threads and identified every and each thread as they are DMC. As simple as that- even if I am short of some thread I will pick up the needed one at once.
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Re: Last Question for this week..:)

Postby daisy_lil2000 » Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:00 pm

I stitch mostly kit's, even thou I have tons of the DMC floss I seem to get pulled towards kits then charts only.
Have to admit I don't like the floss that is used in most of the kits but I paid for the kit so there for I'm going to use each & every item that comes in it. Gi{{
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Re: Last Question for this week..:)

Postby Jackie » Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:38 pm

I used to do tapestry from long time ago!
When i was discovering kits,it was ''Mill Hills'' (kit with beads in it), i still have some to do. When i do not have time to do a big project, i start one kit. Most of them are ornaments. The backstitching and beads made the project different. (*)
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Re: Last Question for this week..:)

Postby stitchcrazy » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:07 pm

I hate buying kits, usually I want to use DMC and different fabric than in the kit. Some designs are only available as kits so they really get you there. The big box stores, where you can use coupons, carry very little these days but I probably have at least 350 years worth of designs, LOL.
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Re: Last Question for this week..:)

Postby Arlandria83 » Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:47 pm

I have more kits lying around than I know what to do with - about 4 drawers full! And this is after a major downsizing several years ago. Truthfully, most of what I stitched came from kits, and while I agree that the quality of the materials in them can be questionable at times, overall I've had very few problems. I really enjoy working on kits - especially since my attempts to make my own patterns have almost always resulted in disaster - and one day I fully intend to empty those four drawers..... One day. ;)
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Re: Last Question for this week..:)

Postby Lyudmila » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:34 pm

The reason for kits' accumulating is that our tastes evolve/change. Sometimes I look at my old stitchings and think, "Boy, why did I stitch them?". Now I stitch completely different things. You buy a kit and then in the course of time you feel it was a mistake and you dont like it or at least do not feel like stitching it.

With a heap of materials and charts and no kits you are free, you do not feel guilty because of the bottom drawer being full of kits which are supposed to be stitched...

I am not going to offend anybody, just speaking from my own experience. And yes, even I buy kits if this is the only way to get the chart.

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