January 4, 2011

January New Moon TUSAL

It's new moon today!! and as such, here's my first post for Daffycat's T(totally) U(seless) S(tich)-A-L(ong). If you are unaware of this event, check out her blog or click HERE for more information.

It's been an exciting day of checking out other stitcher's ORTs (Old Ratty Threads) and seeing their collection of stitching odds and ends, and I know this is going to be something I will look forward to on every new moon. :D

Here is my meager collection of ORTs (Old Ratty Threads) as of today. I started this year's jar towards the end of December and the silks from Taj Mahal at the bottom of the pile. Instead of keeping every stitching odd and end, this will be a floss only ORT.


I don't think this collection will grow by leaps and bounds as I am a stingy stitcher, and am never willing to part with a length of floss till I get to the absolute end, even though it sometimes means I have to re-thread the needle with it IN the fabric just to finish that one last stitch. Are you laughing or shuddering at that last bit? ;)

What about you guys? Do you use your thread to the bitter end (LOL) or are you more generous with the tails?

15 comments :

Stitching Noni said...

Hi Joyce! Yep, have to admit that I do that too - use as much of the thread as possile and have been know to thread the needle while its in the fabric!! I know there will be people shuddering out there about that one!! But if the thread is a bit tatty I do cut it off - don't like thin threads! My ORTs tend to be mainly small but I did have some longish ones that are too small to save....

Lesleyanne said...

I tend to be a bit more generous. But I have been known to thread the needle whilst still in the fabric too.

Esther said...

LOL, I go to the bitter end!
Sometimes I see long long threads in jars.....it makes me shiver ;)
I thought I was a dutch thrifty stitcher ROFL.

Charbsandthebumpydog said...

He he! That needle thing.... me too!! Although with me its more because I'm lazy rather than thrifty, I can't be bothered to get another thread going if I can squeeze the last few stitches out of a length. If I have a shortish bit of thread cut off and lots on the skein to finish the projects I bin the tail rather than use it, my lazyness again. Sometimes I try to cionvince myself it is because I'm avoiding knots in the back, nope I'm just lazy!

Joysze said...

Esther, hahahahaha!!! Me too! Sometimes at the end of projects and I have longer threads lying around, I actually have to force myself to throw out those bits.

Charlie, that reminds me, when I have leftover threads, I actually put them back into the bobbin, even if it's 2 inches long cos I think that if I never need to do just 1 or 2 stray stitches, it would be a perfect length.

Measi said...

I generally am a stingy stitcher, too - but you'll be surprised how quickly it adds up if you're doing a lot of stitching work.

Happy stitching!

Laurylyan said...

I usually go up to the very end of the tail and never leaves more than the length of the needle and a little bit more. Of course, if it's the end of the project and there's not enough to make more than 10 stitches with the bit of floss left, then I won't keep it. Otherwise I'll keep it in the floss bag.

Parsley said...

My TUSAL will be slow too but hey...it's just for fun! I stitch until I can barely turn the needle sometimes HA

Jenny said...

What, isn't threading the needle with a very short piece of floss while in the fabric the standard way to do it!? ;-)
Guess that I am both lazy AND thrifty...

Wendy said...

yep, me to, never trow out what you might need next time......
and I have lots and lots of floss, I hardy never run out, even when I use a kit, but I still cannot kick the habbit.....

nice to know there are more sillys out there like me !

Joysze said...

Ditto Wendy, it's so great to have you guys for company in my 'silliness.' :D

Measi, thanks for stopping by. I tried to leave a comment on your blog, but it wouldn't let me. :(

Chars said...

I too am a misor... with the cost of threads on the rise I can see that more and more people will have to start stitching to the end. I went to buy a skein of floss the other day and almost had a heart attack at the price. $1.50 per skein when I first started stitching only a few years ago 80c was considered expensive! SO a miser I will stay :) LOL

Bev said...

there have been times when i couldnt get the needle through the fabric, the thread was that short!

Daffycat said...

I'm outnumbered, I see! I play fast & loose with my threads...imagining I will have fuzzy stitches if I use every scrap!

Thanks for joining my SAL!

Ziggyeor said...

I have gone to the very end and done the same thing! I usually realize when I'm coming to the end and leave enough room though. Cute little jar.