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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SFS 2014 - August Update

Greetings stitching friends, well, storm season as come again in Florida, and it seems we are due for a busy season (which doesn't end until November). Hope we are all spared a big one, but especially the islands - they always seem to be right smack in the path of most storms.

Here is my SFS (kindly sponsored by Mel from "Epic Stitching") update: This month I spent $20 on Sulky Petites 12wt thread. 

Breakdown so far this year:
Jan $0
February $0
March $4
April $9
May $0
June $17.25

July $ 7

Sulky is a cotton thread that is as thick as 2 strands of cotton floss.  I am using it on 30 ct fabric with good coverage, but on 32 ct it would provide better coverage. I hope to have some pics soon comparing them side by side. I got these on sale at Joann's Fabrics on-line. 


  • Work with one strand vs 2 strands floss          
  • Less twisting.                                              
  • Can work with longer lengths  (yay!)                       
  • Easier to thread through needle 
  • More yards - 50 yards of Sulky vs 48 yards of floss (8 yards x 6 strands) 
  • Tops of the spools pop up for easy storage of the thread ends (like the Kreinik spools)
  • Comes in Petites (50 yds) for hand work and regular (300 yds) for machines


  • On spools
  • Limited color collection
  • Expensive ($ 0.45 for skein of floss vs. $1.65+ for Sulky)
  • Limited fabrics you can use, i.e., Sulky is probably best used on 30 to 32 ct fabric, might be too thick for 36. Probably very nice for surface work other than cross stitch. 

 In total, the company offers 66 solid colors and 14 variegated in the Petites - certainly enough colors to work the simple designs that are popular today...but not enough colors for the more complex designs. Lucky for me, I have quite a few simple designs that I had in mind when I decided to purchase these. I found my Prairie Schooler Garden Beasties and am now working on the blue bird.

I like these threads. Knotting is still an issue because of the thread being wrapped around a spool, but a good yank on the thread seems to lessen the knotting.

Here is a pic of Garden Beasties:
I might work on the grasshopper next. I haven't any warm-toned threads ...I don't want to mix regular floss with the Sulky's but I suppose I rules, right?

I took lots of pics with my phone of my current projects but can't seem to find the pics to upload them. I just love technology!

I can't wait for the slightly cooler temps of S.F Autumn but won't see those till late October = ( but I guess I can enjoy the beach and pool longer than those a bit more North!

Keep stitching and discovering new stitchy stuff!



  1. Congrats for staying within the SFS guidelines. I have been looking at the Sulky Petites as well, but haven't purchased any or heard from anyone about how well they like them. Here in IL, it seems like we've been cheated out of summer as most of the summer has been very cool, even dropping down to the 40's some nights. We've had a couple hot spells, but definitely not our typical summer. Unfortunately, Labor Day reminds that our summer is ending all too soon for me.

  2. Pam, sorry to hear that your summer is almost over and never really began! I like the Sulky's a lot, very smooth looking on the fabric because of the lack of twist. I didn't mention that they gave more of matte effect than a shiny one.

  3. Great job with the SFS Christina. Thanks for your review of the Sulky Thread. I had been looking at it but haven't made the plunge so I could see how they were.

    1. They are OK but nothing to write home about. I would skip the purchase if you have lots of other floss, but buy them if you do other types of surface hand work. I guess I should have added that to my review!

  4. Great tutorial on threads!
    Nice prairie schooler!
    Good job staying on your stitch from stash goals!

    1. Thank you Deb, it has been VERY hard to stay withing the $25 limit!

  5. Great going on the sfs! I can't seem to quit spending. I am a dmc thread nut and can't seem to venture myself out to try different floss...maybe one day! Hugs queeny

    1. I hear you. That's my weakness, threads and magazines!

  6. Congrats on staying within budget. I've heard others using Sulky's, but I've never tried it. I have floss coming out my ears so I'm trying not to buy more unless I'm out of something specific.

    1. I needed these Sulky Petities like I needed a whole in the head. but what pleasure to stitch with!