About Loretta

Passionate stitcher. Mom of four amazing young men. Wife to a comic book geek who makes me smile every day. Transcriptionist by trade. Gluten-free by necessity. Writer at heart. Seeker of knowledge and reader of novels. Dreamer of big colorful creative dreams.

DMC Thread Matches for Unavailable Colours in the UK/Europe

Currently DMC thread colours 3880-3895 are not available to buy from Authorized DMC UK/Europe retailers. They are only for sale outside the EU and not allowed to be imported and sold. Kate from Lakeside Needlecraft has gone through the 465 current threads and made an alternative pack which is matched as closely as possible to the unavailable thread colours.

Kate's thread matches

I hope this is useful for everyone. Kate mentions they’re not identical in color, but I think she got pretty darn close to exact matches here. Amazing eye for color matching.

If you’re interested in picking up the full pack of these 16 thread matches,
you can do that in one click at Lakeside Needlecraft.

Super special thanks to Kate for sharing this with everyone and for taking the time to find such excellent thread matches.

Getting to Know Featured Stitcher Lisa P.

Featured Stitcher Lisa P

Let’s get into the stitching questions and have some fun getting to know Lisa, her projects, and her crafty stash…
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Star Wars Cross Stitch Pattern Round Up

star wars cross stitch book
Star Wars: Cross Stitch Kit: 12 Iconic Patterns from a Galaxy Far, Far Away by Rhys Turton and John Lohman – Available on Amazon
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April Stitching and Stash Acquisition

A quick look at everything I worked on in April…. I actually didn’t Instagram or do progress pics on anything all month, so I just grabbed what was out and took photos just now while I was writing this. I was in such a rhythm at the beginning of the year – stitch, photo, blog – it’s so weird how hard it is to get back into a routine once it gets wonked up for a bit.

Stitching progress was made on:

(each linked to their corresponding posts here)

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March Stitching and Stash Acquisition

So after some really nice progress in January and February, March was kind of a dud. I did very little stitching and I didn’t even get the newsletter out here during the month. The only thing I stitched on was the Rainbow SAL and I didn’t even finish the March medallion, just the outline parts. So disappointed with myself 🙁

where my March stitching left off....
[blog post with progress on Rainbow SAL]
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February Stitching and Stash Acquisition

A quick look at everything I stitched on in February…


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Stitching the 2017 Rainbow SAL from Connie Gee Designs

This is a free design being released in parts as a stitch-a-long at Connie Gee Designs. You’ll find all of the information and downloads at http://www.conniegeedesigns.com/2017-sal.html.

February:

finished stitching the february portion of the Connie Gee Designs Rainbow SAL
February is stitched in DMC 947. I stitched most of this month’s section in the quiet part of the night after everyone else went to bed and I couldn’t sleep. It made for good company 😉
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Getting to Know Featured Stitcher Brandy

Featured-Stitcher-Brandy

You’ll find Brandy around the web on these links:

Now let’s get into the stitching questions and have some fun getting to know Brandy, her projects, and her crafty stash…
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