Sunday, November 29, 2009

Embroidery Floss Overload

A year and a half ago, I had the privilege to work with three other women, stitching projects for Jenny Hart's latest book, Embroidered Effects. Aside from the honor of being asked to participate, and the fun of working with such insanely talented stitchers, one of the really fun perks was receiving a designer's pack of embroidery floss from Presencia to use for stitching the projects.


This brick of embroidery floss - every color in the Prescencia family - arrived on my doorstep and literally made me cry a little as I opened it. Somehow in the midst of my floss freakout, I had the wherewithal to grab my camera and snap some pictures before I demolished the brick and set to work stitching.


Remember that feeling you had when you got a new box of crayons - especially if you were lucky enough to get the 64-count box? That immense feeling of possibility you had when you pulled back the lid and saw all the pristine colors neatly organized and ready for creating ... that was magic, right? That's exactly how I felt when I opened this package of embroidery floss. I was overwhelmed by an intense feeling of gratitude and an immediate need to create. It was awesome. Looking at the pictures brings all that emotion right back, and I'm so glad I snapped them. Enjoy! See more on my Flickr set, and zoom in for optimal floss freakout.

17 comments :

  1. OMG I got water in my mouth just looking at the photos and reading your story!

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  2. Oh, I felt exactly the same way! :) I love my floss so much I hoard it and stare at it - I have mine in a huge binder and plastic sleeves. Maybe one day I'll share photos of it... but part of me thinks it's too, too precious! :)

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  3. Eeeek! Totally, totally amazing. I would spend hours arranging the colors - dreamy!

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  4. How wonderful. I've not seen that name before. Oh how I wish I'd seen ya'll when I lived in Austin. I still miss Ginger's...over 12 years later.

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  5. I believe that fits under category of "floss porn". Yummy. Lovely photos.

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  6. And I'd like to see the "after" picture. After you ripped into that beautiful brick.

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  7. Drool! I'm definitely jealous. Just curious.. How does the Presencia compare to DMC? Do you like it better?

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  8. Thanks, y'all!

    Susie - You're right, Ginger's is the best! The wall of floss alone is swoon-worthy! Ginger was one of the women who also stitch projects for the book! :)

    Oh! Marigold - I like the Prescencia, but I actually end up preferring my good ole DMC. It seems to be a little smoother. Either are fine, though, and I use copious amounts of both. ;)

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  9. Finding this on my door step would make for a very nice day.

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  10. Faint!!!!

    I would have cried hysterically and probably dropped dead.

    Wonderful photo and story. I have the lovely book that features your and Floresita's beautiful work. Fantastic job!

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  11. Floss envy over here... oh my! :-)

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  12. Wowee! I'm a little late, but that is a beautiful sight. I would have cried a little too. That would be the best day ever :)

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  13. Wow- that floss is really something. I kind of want it. I'm not familiar with this brand, does the color fade? I've noticed some of my DMC tea towel are starting to fade.

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  14. Not sure about the fading just yet, since I've only been using it for a year. I'll keep you posted. ;)

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  15. You are sooo lucky. My Girl Scout troop could do wonders with that floss! We're having a swaps night next month and I'm going to see if I can teach the girls how to make "worry dolls". Ambitious as I've never made anything like it but I'm willing to give it a try! Love you site :)

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