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« on: March 06, 2014 12:38:04 PM »

As I said before, I'm pretty new to cross stitch so I like the kits that comes with everything. My only problem is I can't seem to finish parts of the pattern because I run out if the provided floss. Am I doing it wrong?! How do I make it last the entire pattern? I follow the directions as far as I can tell.
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2014 12:40:37 PM »

How many pieces of floss are you using? The kits usually say to separate the floss into 2-3 strands. That would be my only thought or that they are jerks and not supplying you with enough.
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2014 01:11:22 PM »

The instructions say cross stitch with 2 strands and that's what I did. *shrug*. Idk, maybe they are jerks!
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2014 12:00:20 PM »

Contact the company, maybe you were accidentally shorted?

I had the wrong color supplied in a needlepoint kit, a pink rather than a light green, the company was awesome and mailed me off the correct color right away - from Sweden none the less! 

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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2014 12:46:14 PM »

i know that over the years ive been able to use less and less thread by the way i stitch??
perhaps you are using more than neccesary? if you could post a picture of the wrong side of your work, you might be using more thread than you think?
sorry about all the qestion marks but i totally understand running out.
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2014 10:50:47 AM »

It can happen, just send an email to the kit company, and they'll send you a few for you to be able to finish.
But if it happens often, it's because you use too much thread.

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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2014 08:08:37 PM »

You have to really learn how to ration your thread, as kits often don't provide enough thread.  Say you're using purple- if you only do about 10 purple stitches and you have a long enough thread left, set it aside instead of throwing it away.  I use the thread cards when I do kits, so I just put the leftover thread back into the thread card.

Other than that, I'd say contact the company and tell them that they didn't provide enough thread.  Tell them what colors you need and they'll usually send it.
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« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2014 06:00:38 PM »

You have to really learn how to ration your thread, as kits often don't provide enough thread.  Say you're using purple- if you only do about 10 purple stitches and you have a long enough thread left, set it aside instead of throwing it away.  I use the thread cards when I do kits, so I just put the leftover thread back into the thread card.

Other than that, I'd say contact the company and tell them that they didn't provide enough thread.  Tell them what colors you need and they'll usually send it.

I do the same as amigurl55, I ration my thread and use it till there is not enough to make another stitch. 
I have also learned that when anchoring my threads, I only do it behind 3 stitches at most. 
And my last tip, try not to do too much skipping around.  If I have more than about 5 or 6 stitches in between sections of the same color I will anchor rather than carry over.

Hope some of the tips help!

PS I also save any left over thread from other kits in case I do run out, I have a small stash to choose from.
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« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2014 06:33:40 AM »

I find the best way to keep from skipping around is to stitch in 10x10 sections. Not only does this help for really complicated areas, it helps save thread.
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