Little Bear Cross stitch Project

Here’s a cross stitch project I’m working on. It’s from a little kit. It’s 18 count fabric and that’s a lot of tiny for my middle-age eyes.
I put my needle in the fabric and laid ruler and a quarter on it, to try to give you a bit of an idea of how small the stitches are. Look at the size of the stitches compared to the size of some of the print on the quarter. I’m determined to finish this project this weekend. I’ve got it about half of the way done.

Maybe it’s just my bad luck, but over the years,  just about every cross stitch project that I’ve made from a kit that has red or reddish shades of color in it, there never seems to be enough of that color thread. In my ‘Joy In The Journey’ cross stitch project, I had to go through my embroidery thread and find a reddish color to complete that project… and now with this little project, after I finished the bow over the bear’s head, I ran out of red.  I went through my stash and found a similar color red thread to use for the decor inside of the wreath that encircles the bear. They have more of some of the colors over the amount that the pattern needs. It doesn’t take very much red color thread so I don’t understand why they didn’t add enough in.
But like I said, it’s not just this kit,  I’ve ran into a shortage of the reddish colors in some of the other kits I’ve made over the years. Like this kit, the other kits added over the amount of some of the other colors that are far more than a pattern needs, but not the reddish colors. I don’t get it. I wonder what is the deal with that. Is reddish colors so expensive that the kit makers have to dole it out minimally to save a few micro-cents. I’ve never contacted a company about it. I don’t see any reason too. I always have extra thread that’s fairly close. But I do wonder what the deal is about the shortage of reddish color thread in some of the kits I’ve used.

Have you ran in to this problem of a shortage of one or more colors in any kind of a craft kit?

Wishing you all success in your crafts and hobbies.

*I apologize for the quality of my photo.
It was hard to get an okay photo of the little project.


8 thoughts on “Little Bear Cross stitch Project

    • Hi Sheryl
      Having enough thread is probably the norm. I think it’s perhaps I’m just unlucky in the reddish thread department. 😉


  1. That’s really weird. You might be onto something here! 😉 On a serious note though, it would be a hassle to buy more if the extra thread you owned isn’t the right shade of red, isn’t it?
    The tiny project is looking adorable already! I’m looking forward to your updates on it.

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    • Thanks Anita
      I’ve been lucky on having a close enough shade in my thread stash. Unfortunately, I’ve used up most all my old stash. I’m planning on buying some more red yarn in varying shades soon to have on hand.
      I’m liking my little project more every day. I hope to have an update the first of the week. 🙂

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  2. Goodness those are some tiny stitches! I love cross stitch projects but never do them – it’s just too much strain on my eyes and my eyesight is already lousy as it is.

    The couple that I have done in the past though I do recall running out of any red/reddish shades for some reason and having to go buy extra. Meanwhile the black that would only be needed for a dozen or so stitches at most, there was enough to make the project several times over!

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    • Thanks so much CW
      I was hoping it wasn’t just me. I don’t know why it is that there’s always one or two colors that there’s way too much of and then a lack of a necessary for the big picture. This past weekend, I bought one of every shade of red the local department store has. I figure I’ll need it again for some needlework in the future. Nice to be prepared. 🙂

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  3. What a beautiful little piece! So tiny. It’s a shame about the thread. I’ve always been relatively lucky with kits on the whole, and I don’t buy them anymore because of the quantity I have at home.

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    • Hi Catherine
      Welcome to my blog.
      I think maybe it was just my bad luck.
      Thanks for visiting and leaving me a comment.
      I hope you’ll visit again sometime.


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