While organizing my stash I found over 450 full skeins of Needlepoint Inc silk threads that I got from another stitcher over a decade ago. She was quitting the design business and getting rid of all of her stash. I completely forgot I had these! Now the big question is, do I keep them or destash them? On the one hand, there is only one skein of each color and it may be the entire collection of colors. It would be impossible to build a collection again in the future if I decided to re-purchase them. And they run about $5 each retail nowadays. On the other hand, I have only stitched with silk one time and it kept snagging on my fingers because my skin is always so dry. Decisions, decisions!
I have decided that my next project will be from the latest issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine, October 2017. Featured on page 15 is this lovely piece called Autumn Flowers, designed by Ladonna Snellbaker of Black Branch Needlework. I am about to raid my stash for the appropriate supplies, but I am guessing that I won’t have all the threads called for, as they are Needlepoint Inc Silks (one color) and Gloriana hand dyed silk floss (three colors). Actually, I doubt I have any of those! But no worries, I should be able to find something that matches closely, and most likely silk. Or, maybe I will find overdyed cotton floss to use. The 32 count linen might be a challenge to my eyes, as I am used to working on 28 count linen. But this chart isn’t very large and features only whole stitches (yay!) so it should work up quickly.