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« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2007 12:02:20 PM »

http://www.123stitch.com/

Just got back into cross stitching after 10 or so years, and I am finding this resource very helpful.  Also has paper crafts supplies, beads and more. 

Enjoy!

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« Reply #21 on: April 14, 2007 05:18:57 PM »

For supplies, I really like http://www.nordicneedle.com/

I order Aida cloth and other evenweaves (they offer by the yard or by the inch) and they have always been most helpful answering my questions.  I also use them for floss and pearl cotton.  They have, IMO, a very nice selection.

And the customer service is first rate!  My orders are shipped quickly, arrive in good condition, and in no time I am stitching away!  Plus, I love poring over their print catalog.
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« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2007 10:08:57 AM »

My two favorite online stores are:
http://www.123stitch.com/
http://www.wyndhamneedleworks.com/

There is also:
http://www.abcstitch.com/
http://www.pawprintscrossstitch.com/
http://www.nordicneedle.com/

Great Hand Dyed fabric from Canada:
http://www.sugarmaplefabrics.com/

Great Hand dyed fabric from the US:
http://www.silkweaver.com/
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« Reply #23 on: April 16, 2007 10:10:50 AM »

There are other flosses besides just DMC and Anchor

Vicky Clayton makes beautiful hand dyed silks: http://www.hand-dyedfibers.com/oscnuked/

Dinky Dyes: http://www.dinkydyes.iinet.net.au/threads_home.htm

Caron Waterlilies:
http://www.caron-net.com/waterlil.html

Weeks Dye Works:
http://www.weeksdyeworks.com/

Thread Gatherer:
http://threadgatherer.com/

Olde Willow Stitchery:
http://www.oldewillowstitchery.com/alphabetical_order.htm

The Gentle Art:
http://www.thegentleart.com/ga/home.asp

Gloriana Threads:
http://www.glorianathreads.com/Silk_Floss.html

Crescent Colours:
http://www.crescentcolours.com/products_floss.php

Almost all of these threads can be found at your LNS but they are often on online shops as well. The last several can call be found at my favorite (not affiliated, I just give them a lot of my money) online shops: http://www.wyndhamneedleworks.com/

You could also take this opportunity to learn how to dye cotton thread! Of course you want it to be as colorfast as possible.
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« Reply #24 on: April 17, 2007 09:58:32 AM »


http://www.stitcherscloset.com has a large selection of everything stitching related.  If you live in the US, shipping is free for orders over $35. 


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« Reply #25 on: April 17, 2007 07:19:37 PM »

Thanks everyone for the extra info! Off to look at the goods!
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« Reply #26 on: April 18, 2007 03:53:06 AM »

Important note:

Weeks Dye Works skeins are absolutely gorgeous but they only come in 5 yard skeins rather than the normal 7.
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« Reply #27 on: April 18, 2007 07:58:13 AM »

Dinky Dyes has *beautiful* floss, in both silk and cotton.  I'm going to be stitching up a DD Celtic wedding sampler for my sister and her husband soon, using their cotton threads. 
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« Reply #28 on: April 21, 2007 04:59:13 AM »

Hmmm. About Dinky Dyes, just a warning for those who aren't familiar with it, before they invest in it! .... it's definitely NOT colorfast! So you should treat it first, if you plan to wash anything you make with it, especially the brighter colors. Technically, you shouldn't wash silk - you should dry clean it - but I often handwash my work before blocking and finishing. If you like to handwash your work, be careful with Dinky Dyes silk and cotton!

Also, their silk is spun silk as opposed to filament silk. It's not nearly as strong as other silks on the market ... and it can be frustrating to work with if you're not used to it - you have to use short lengths.

BUT - I like the threads for playing around with! I just wouldn't use them on anything that has to be washed and I wouldn't invest in the silks if I were looking for a better quality silk thread - which doesn't necessarily mean a "more expensive" silk thread!

Anyway, that's just my experience with Dinky Dyes.
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« Reply #29 on: June 04, 2007 11:24:57 AM »

My two cents for today is not to buy cheap cross stitch fabric. I've learned from experience that the stitch count may not be accurate and it might not be woven as tightly as good quality fabric. It's worth the extra effort and $$$ to find and buy good quality fabric. Some needlework shops will sell the fabric by the square inch so you will only have to buy what you need.

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