This is a great question. I haven't bought a lot of kits recently unless they have really special threads i.e. silks. Generally a lot of kits I don't care for because of the fabric (I haven't stitched on Aida in years). When I did buy those kits, I would give the leftovers to my daughter who was young and had fun with it. I have also left pieces out for the birds in the spring to help build nests, hanging them between the fence pickets, on bushes and tree branches.I have been doing embroidery and cross stitching for around 40 years. So I have done quite a few kits and projects and sometimes end up with extra threads, now if I buy the threads that is not a problem, because you can always add to your stash, but if it is a kit what on earth do you do with the bits of thread that are left?Most kits do not have a thread number. And since most kits give you extra threads so you don’t run short, you end up with lengths of different colors. Have you ever done a project that would use up threads like this. I have thought of trying a sampler and just using the thread in color schemes, you know first pattern row be shades of blue, second shades of red, third shade of yellow etc. But I am afraid it would be a muddled mess.
Now, if I buy a kit like a Shepherd's Bush, they come with a card to separate and loop the floss on. I will then put it back with the pattern. I have given some kits to my stitching group buds and they have used the remainder of the floss.
I much rather buy patterns and floss just for the stash enhancement. Can't have enough stash, especially floss. I am a floss junkie
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