Where the hell the post title comes from, I'll never know, since I am the only person on the planet that has not seen any Star Wars movies. (Oh, give me a break, will ya? I've been trying to get to the cool kids' table my whole life, but I figure every village needs an idiot and I seem to have a lot of spare time.)
So here's my problem. The Prairie Moon piece that I'm working on (Spring Trainin') is still wonderful, but it has a thread palette that includes 27 different Gentle Art Sampler Threads. 27. And since this is a spot-type sampler, there are a lot of color changes. A lot.
I've never worked on anything like this before, and I am finding the color changes very very frustrating. As a matter of fact, I have futzed around with finding the perfect solution so much that I don't have any stitching progress to show (grrrrr).
How the hell do y'all do this? What system have you devised that will allow you to stitch a project that uses a lot of threads?
I started with the Floss Bags in the perfect basket. The problem I have with this is that every time I have to change colors, I have to flip to the right bag, pull out a tangled mess of thread, pull out one skein, and then separate out one ply so that I can double it in my needle (I'm stitching this 2 over 2). If I leave the thread on the card and tug on it, I invariably rip the cardboard label.
So I got the bright idea to make my own, more sturdy labels. I think what I was trying to create here was a floss drop. Aunt Chrissy and I went to Michaels and I bought Shrinky Dinks and then cut and punched and cut and punched until I had thingies that I could put on a ring and put the thread on without ripping the hole open. This just sucked, since the thread was long and got all messed up with the other threads hanging next to it.
So then I went up to the studio and found one of those big ass metal boards that you can use to mount a chart on and I stuck a bunch of magnets across the top with a paper label of each symbol. Then I threaded a needle with each color and stuck it to the magnet. Again, I don't like the mess of thread that hangs and gets all tangled up. (Stewey finds it all very unseemly.)
Will somebody PLEASE tell me what in the world is wrong with me? All I want to do is sit down and stitch this, but the time it's taking me to futz with the colors is ridiculous. What am I doing wrong?
So help me, Obi Wan. You're my only hope.