Heading into the grocery store on Labor Day weekend, I was taken aback by a row of smiling jack-o'-lanterns out front. I counted eight weeks until Oct. 31. Others might complain about rushing holidays, but this practice seems perfectly normal to me as a cross stitcher. Of course I'm stitching Halloween designs in the summer, Christmas ornaments before Thanksgiving, and Fourth of July pot holders in May. How else is a cross stitcher to finish projects in time for the holiday?
Weeks Dye Works has introduced a Holiday Collection with a shade dubbed confetti. As the Weeks label says, the company specializes in "hand over dyed fibers." If you are familiar with these threads, you know that some of them have gradual, subtle shifts in color, while others have shifts that are well-defined. Confetti is one of the latter.
Another newcomer to my mailbox was a set of new shades of Kreinik Metallics Fine Braids #8. The third new product is a ColorScope Color Selector. Full disclosure: I borrowed this new product from the Crochet World staff who use it to select yarn colors. You can view a video about how it works by going to AnniesCraftStore.com and searching for "ColorScope." I found that the ColorScope is useful for finding shades of cross-stitch threads that complement one another.
When I saw the bright colors in the confetti floss and the glistening new shades of Kreinik Metallics, visions of sugar plums danced in my head -- as they always do, being someone who loves to make Christmas ornaments all year long!
ColorScope color selector, $7.95
Weeks Dye Works cotton floss, confetti #4107, $2.50
Kreinik Metallics Fine Braid #8, cool cucumber #5801, $3.79