Oh my word…it happened. I went overboard!
I’ve been pretty good with my cross stitch stuff. Of course, I buy more than I’ll ever stitch but in the scheme of things and from what I see on Floss Tube, I have always thought I was pretty good. Yes, I had extra linen…yes, I had extra patterns…but I always thought I was in pretty good control.
Then not too long ago I was watching Rachel from Needle and Flax. She is a linen dyer and also has a Floss Tube channel. She had said in the past that there were shortages of linen. I mostly heard her talk about 32 count linen. I don’t use that so thought nothing of it.
Then she started talking about shortages of 40 count linen. Well, that’s what I stitch on so that got my attention. Still, I didn’t think a lot about it…but then I decided that maybe I should try to buy a couple of extra cuts of my favorite linen just in case the shortage got worse.
My favorite linen is Vintage Country Mocha (I had two pieces of that so felt okay) or linen from Picture this Plus. I started looking online and oh my. There was no Picture this Plus linen to be found. I ended up looking over the course of a month or so. I finally found some at Spun Sugar Quilts on Etsy. I ordered a couple of pieces. I found the colors Fog and Vellum. I love Vellum and used it on my Floral Motif Sampler. I had not tried Fog but I heard a couple of Floss Tubers mention it as one they liked.
The linen came and I thought Fog was a great color. I went to order another and then saw that they had Legacy which is a color often used by Blackbird Designs. I had a piece but you guessed it…I ordered another.
About then I heard from yet another dyer on Floss Tube that 40 count linen was hard to find. AHH!! I was nowhere near that but the thought of not having linen was one I didn’t like at all.
Well, then I watched Olivia at Pumpkin Hollow Quilts on Floss Tube and she had just finished The Winter is Past by Blackbird Designs. I just loved hers and she used the called for Picture this Plus Oaken linen. Darn. I had lots of other colors but not Oaken. I ended up calling around trying to find the linen. No luck. I decided to call The Attic. They didn’t have it and then told me that if they order linen from the company Picture this Plus, the wait for linen is about 10 months. She said they were at about month 5 of their waitlist. UGH. In the meantime, I ordered the chart and floss from them. They told me it would be a bit before they got my order out.
I hunted around trying to find the linen…then… I heard of a cross-stitch shop going out of business. Everything was 25% off so I ordered the Oaken linen I was looking for and ordered a couple of others.
Whew. I found it. I was so happy.
Then a couple of days later I got a notification that they were sold out. There was no Picture this plus linen. I would get nothing that I ordered.
So…I was bummed. I still wanted to find the color Oaken.
So then I saw on Instagram that Tinka from Victorian Rose Needleart just got in a shipment of Picture this Plus linen. Yahoo. Went there quickly and ordered it and of course…I also order another linen I didn’t have, Ale.
Oh my. I now had a healthy stock of linen.
I was so happy because by now I had watched Rachel from Needle and Flax on Floss Tube again. She said the 40-count linen shortage was worse. She put in a huge order and they only sent her 5 yards. Ahh. That’s not much. She said she keeps putting orders in but there is no linen for her to dye. Hmm.
That’s when The Attic called me. They said were putting my order together to ship and as they were doing that, they were looking in my file and noticed that I had ordered linen from them last summer. I had ordered Lakeside linen. That’s even harder to find than Picture this Plus. They just got a shipment in. Did I still want the linen? YES. I decided to just get it while the getting was good.
Also, a pattern that I ordered last fall was in, and did I want that?? Sure. I don’t even remember what it was. AHH!!!
I always thought the people who ordered things and didn’t remember what they ordered were crazy…and now here I am one of them.
About then I got a call from the local cross stitch shop and you guessed it. They just got a shipment of Pictured this Plus. Did I want some?
Oh my word…with all of the work I have done trying to track down linen and now to have it land in my lap, how do I say no?? So, I ordered Oaken (the one I needed for The Winter is Past chart) and some of Wren which I had looked for so I could stitch this…
If that wasn’t enough…
Another order of linen came…I had ordered this in March, had forgotten about it as well, and it just came.
These linens were called for linen for this chart…
and this chart…
So…needless to say, I do not need a single piece of linen. Not a single piece. I was talking to one of my kids and said I likely have gotten in enough linen to stitch for the next two years all within the last six weeks.
It’s a good thing I just had a quilt published in Quilts and More. I purposely submit quilts for publishing so I have “mad money” to spend on my crafty endevers. I’ll tell you more about the quilt in tomorrow’s post.
The plan is no more linen this year. None…zero. No more linen. But if I finish a project and linen falls in my lap, I’ll admit, it will be hard to say no to it a piece to replace what I used…. BUT…I’m not hunting linen down as I did. Nope, nope, nope. I am going to be content with what I have in my linen stash and keep reminding myself, I have enough linen to last for two years!!
I gotta admit though, it’s quite comforting to know I don’t have to worry about linen shortages…I know it’s “just a hobby” but truly, it’s my therapy.