In search of… embroidery floss

Posted by on May 14, 2012 at 7:29 am.

DMC embroidery floss

Despite my love for all things fiber; fabric or yarn, I rarely purchase items on a whim. I need a place to live, right? Based on my recent “crochet amigurumi” posts that might not be possible if I go on a yarn binge…

After church yesterday, my daughter, and stopped by Michael’s.  We browsed for a few moments, before I purchased embroidery floss. When I got home, I had a chance to get a good look at it; this floss is dull not glossy. I can’t use this floss. Since I haven’t opened the floss, returning the items shouldn’t be an issue.

I’m fond of DMC embroidery floss, and have been using it for about 25 years. I do test out other brands, but DMC is my favorite. 

Fortunately, Michael’s and AC Moore has coupons available, so I’ll be taking advantage of those. Michael’s coupon is for 40% regularly priced items, and AC Moore has a coupon for 50% off regularly priced items.

Although I know I can use other store coupons at Michael’s, I do believe I’ll pop into AC Moore. Why? It’s been years since I’ve been in the store, and I want to check out their selection of yarn… 

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I normally use the cheaper acrylic yarns when I’m working on “test projects.” Acrylics have come a long way and work up quite nicely in completed objects. Also, there are several reasons why some would choose  acrylic over others; allergic to animal fiber, vegan, and cost, are a few reasons. I use all types of yarn, but I don’t mind working with acrylic.

Speaking of test projects…

I’ve only participated in one crochet pattern testing (thus far) I frequently create my own patterns for projects. Which isn’t surprising, since I’ve done the same with cooking, jewelry making, knitting, and sewing? While I appreciate an occasional pattern, I do enjoy creating my own too. I’m sure as with my other crafting projects, once I get to a certain level with my crochet, I won’t use patterns as much… But as with my other hobbies, I’ll still follow those that I like, since I’m also inspired by others creativity.

And sometimes… ‘l’ll take bits and pieces from other designs and create my own.

In other news…

I’m happy to see that Nicole is back online. I recently discovered her site, and have been enjoying her crochet and knitting adventures. Welcome back, Nicole… you were missed.


  • Karen says:

    gotta love those coupons – I just have Hobby Lobby here but print the coupon out every time I get it.
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Karen,
    I love coupons. Admittedly, when I was younger, I didn’t pay attention to them as much for “simple items”. Also, I wouldn’t always wait around for a sale. I’d just purchase the item, but in my late twenties… I realized that it was the smart thing to do regardless if I could pay full price. 😉

    The closest Hobby is about 27 miles away. There’s one in Columbia, MD and another in Laurel, MD. That’s a bit of distance for me to just hop in the car and go… Especially when I have similar stores close within five miles of where I live. However, my daughter and I will be going to Columbia throughout the summer, and we’ll be sure to stop into Hobby Lobby, during one of our excursions; with coupons in hand (of course). 😉
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  • DragonLady says:

    My daughter decided she wanted to do cross stitch, and so we have a bunch of embroidery floss sitting around not being used. 🙂 I learned to embroidery in my early teens, and was not too bad at it, but I just didn’t stick with it. Someday… 🙂
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @DragonLady, How cool is that? You’ll be able to pass on your skills to your daughter. Hopefully she’ll be willing to take your helpful advice. At times, my daughter wants to just do her own thing with sewing and crochet. Goodness, she’s stubborn! I have no clue where she gets that.(whistles and looks away)

    I learned to embroidery in my early teens, and was not too bad at it, but I just didn’t stick with it. Someday…

    Me too, I was about 13 when I learned, and 15 when I started to take it seriously. About a month ago, I discovered my first long term cross stitch project. Once I dig it up again, I’ll take a picture and post here. I made that when I was 19. It took over a year to complete the cross stitch afghan.

    You sound a lot like myself… You’re so busy it’s hard to find time to get back into those things you used to do. Hopefully you’ll be able to squeeze in some extra time. I know it’s hard.
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  • Minerva says:

    I remember when I was still in high school that I so love doing these kind of the colors..
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Minerva, I love bright, so you’ll find a lot of bright colors in my wardrobe and throughout our home.
    Opal recently posted..Crochet: I love this floral granny square afghan


  • I want to make some cool friendship bracelets with fish in them, but I don’t know how! Anyone have any FREE patterns with fish in them? It has to be with embroidery floss (thread) and no beads.


  • Opal says:

    @CoCo @ coconut water, Hi, do you think you could simply trace a tiny fish on to the bracelet and then embroider it to the friendship bracelet. Of course, that would depend on your embroidery skills.

    Oh by the way I gave you a name. I don’t mind you using a keyword, just add a name first. So I used Coco @ coconut water. I didn’t want to mark you comment as spam, since they really aren’t. You read the post, and added additional information. Thanks!


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