Stitchy Box July-August 2017 Subscription Box Review

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StitchyBox is a bi-monthly subscription box for counted thread embroiderers and cross-stitchers. There are two options – the Big Picture Box and the Detail-Oriented Box. With both styles you’ll receive a variety of threads, from staples like DMC to specialty threads you may not have met yet, and embellishments, stitching accessories and other goodies, with a total value of about $35 per box. They also have a “Just the Threads” subscription.

With the Big Picture Box choose

  • 2 Fat 16ths (one 14-16 count Aida, one 28-32 count linen OR evenweave – your choice) OR
  • 1 Fat 8th (Aida, linen or evenweave).

With the Detail-Oriented Box pick

  • 2 Fat 16ths (one 32-36 count linen, one 40 count linen) OR
  • Select 1 Fat 8th (either 32-36 count linen or 40 count linen)

Stitchy Box also now offers add-on subscriptions (also available stand-alone):  Stitch It Up (XS charts), Bling It Up (bead & crystal), Buttoned Up, and Thread It Up, as well as limited edition chart designs and series!

This month the inspiration was Pohukutawa Tree. The palettes for 2017 are found in nature.

The information card gives a bit of details about each item, plus info about the supply shop (you can buy more of what you love, but usually only for a limited time – supplies are sometimes hand-dyed just for this box).

All the goodies this month! Obviously it’s Christmas themed!

Picture This Plus Yule Hand-Dyed Fabric ($11) Oh I hate to say something terrible but this is my least favorite item from this subscription, ever. Those stitchers who appreciate dark mottled fabrics will enjoy it and it’s undeniably Christmasy but I just can’t get into it. I would feel like any of the patterns I want to stitch would be a waste of effort and thread on this background. This is the only real miss for me in years so overall no big deal.

Now, onto the threads!

Yummy Fibers

Dinky Dyes Irish Meadows Silk Floss ($4.50) I really like the process & results of working with Dinky Dyes, and I’m always happy to get it in this box. I think this one is really nicely suited to a good Christmas sampler!

Week Dye Works Santa Claus Cotton Floss ($2.50) A highly variegated definitely Christmas colored floss. This is SO super fun and even if you can’t figure out what to stitch with it, it will make an amazing finishing cord.

Exclusive The Gentle Art Sampler Threads Limited Edition New Growth Cotton Floss ($2.40) This is a groovy avocado, totally 70s green.

Needlepoint Inc. Northern Lights Burnt Embers Silk Floss ($6.50) To me this is one of the least well named fibers I have ever come across. I think it’s more of a beautifully variegated bold cranberry. A fun silk!

Kreinik White Silk Serica ($3.50) You can separate this silk, but it isn’t suitable for the kind of work I do. For counted thread you just really want one thread, maybe two depending on your thread count.

Lastly, the embellishments!

Acorn Wool Felt – Good for finishing a project with a nice heathered look. Based on this, I felt it’s probably worth a buck or two.

Christmas Tree Woven Ribbon: I’m not even sure I’m going to use this on stitching, because I think it will be fabulous glued around a plain glass ball ornament! Love this custom ribbon.

Star Charm (50¢) A little star to sew on! I like that it’s flat so this one will be on something that gets framed and glassed.

Swarovski Crystal Drop  (75¢) this shimmering beauty – it’s going on something where I can really see it! So gorgeous!

Preciosa Crystals In Clear, Red & Green ($1.50?) I never know how to value beads! These are glass and quite pretty with a deep ruby and light green.

I estimate overall about $36. After several years I can comfortably say there’s never a lot of value variation in this subscription – the curator is rock solid as to what she’s doing. Although this was my first not crazy about fabric it’s still something new to discover and I can appreciate the variety. Absolutely loved everything else – in fact, apart from the fabric it’s got to be one of my favorite months so far!

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