|"Bluebonnet Blooms" by Redbird Designs|
I've started stitching on another Halloween design, one from the 2013 JCS Halloween issue. Unfortunately, I haven't had an Annie-free lap much since Saturday, so I haven't made much progress on it.
The design (on page 64 of the magazine) uses Sullivans floss which I've never used. I decided to stitch the project with Sullivans to give it a try instead of converting it to DMC. My local Hobby Lobby has started carrying some of it and I was able to buy about half of the colors I needed there, the rest I ordered from 123Stitch.com. The floss seems to have less of a sheen to it than DMC, but what of it I have used has been fine to stitch with - no excessive knotting or tangling. The colors are bright and crisp.
I wind my floss on bobbins and while doing so I noticed that a few of the labels were stuck to the floss as the glue used on them had leaked. Not a huge problem, but I did have to take the time to get the glue off the floss. Also, some of the labels were glued sloppily and the color numbers were partially covered. Again, not a huge problem, but it shows a lack of attention to production detail.
I will stitch this project with the Sullivans, but I have no plans to acquire and collect the whole set of colors at this point.