Friday, February 06, 2015

Confessions of a Shop Girl, Part I

It's been nearly two years since I started working part time in a needlepoint shop.

I thought I would share some of my thoughts and advice. Not all of this is originates with me.

My number # 1 piece of advice to needlepointers, but it can apply to other needleworkers:  don't toss the thread label or write down that information. Every week I see someone in a panic because they are running out of thread and they don't know what it is. After a while you get good at playing detective, but it can be difficult especially with older pieces. Of course, purchasing enough thread to begin with is a terrific idea, but sometimes it's an educated guess. Or sometimes things have been ripped and restitched and you just run out. Knowing dye lot numbers is also crucial on threads that have them. Color can change, sometimes drastically, from one dye lot to another.

I've had this particular problem myself with an ornament kit and lucky for me, my boss knew what the thread was. This was back a few years when I was lacking in needlepoint experience. Right off I found two of the three colors I needed. Took me longer to locate that third color - nearly two years. Funny how I never thought about ripping out and starting again with a new color which is always the option of last resort for some of us.


Ruth said...

Oh I am so totally with you. I am good at detecting, but when a customer comes in with that little two-inch piece of mystery thread that's been tossing around for a couple years in her bag so it no longer looks like what it was originally, I just want to cry.

Needle Nicely said...

Or there are those stitchers who stitch to the last inch of fiber knowing they don't have enough. Then you have to try to match the stitched fiber.

Peggi@Tapestry Fair said...

Besides the tag, it is also helpful to save enough fiber for one more row. In case your dye lot is no longer available, it is sometimes possible to blend the old into the new if you have a little extra fiber.