Crazy Mom wants to see our HDT stash, so I heed her call. I see that the pictures are a bit out of focus. I keep forgetting that I don't need to hold this new camera so close to the object to get a halfway decent shot. More than half is size 80, with some 20 through 50 thrown in. I'm pretty sure there are a few missing. The yarn daisies are wrapped with my favorite-est HDT of all, Pansy, created by Yarnplayer. You can also see my favorite pair of tweezers for opening rings. The bent and angled tips let me grab the core thread without having to hold the tweezers tightly.
Well, I can't stop there. Here is some more of my thread stash:
A mix of Altin Basak and Oren Bayan Turkish threads. A three-cord thread that is a bit soft to work with, but I love it. Kind of hard to tell, but there's about 50 balls in that box. I do believe there's some Manuela 20 lurking in there, too.
DMC Perle Cotton in sizes 8 and 12. Total crap, I hate it. When I first learned to tat, it was with perle cotton, so not knowing any better I bought loads of it. Now that I know better, it just takes up valuable space in craft closet. The reason I don't like it is because perle cotton has a bumpy texture which obscures the appearance of the stitches. I like my stitches to look crisp.
Finca perle cotton, sizes 8, 12, and 16. Wait a minute, didn't I just say I hate perle cotton? Not this one! Finca has a gorgeous finish, even the larger sizes and it's shine is beautiful. Great for making baby bonnets and booties.
Some, I say some, of my size 80 stash. I'm pretty sure there's another box containing about 100 balls hidden around here somewhere. The large purple container is mainly vintage threads, Lily, Star, J&P Coats, Coats & Clark. There's a few oddballs in there such as Collingbourne's, Twilley's and some whose names escape me at the moment. I would dig for them, but there's over 200 balls in there and it's 2 a.m. as I'm writing this, so maybe another time. The smaller container is DMC and Majestic/Venus. Soon to be joined by Lizbeth 80, no doubt.
I can look at these pictures and still say to myself, "I don't have any thread. I should buy more." Spoken like a true addict.
Lastly, the tools of the trade. Shuttles, shuttles, and more shuttles. The gold Clovers are in the upper right hand corner of the box are the only pick-less shuttles I will use. I love the feel of them in my hand. They have a silken feel to them that makes having to use a hook for every join worth the effort. A few other tools like coilless safety pins, tweezers, needle minder,picot gauges, and a hook set on a chain. I made the hook set myself. Working in a factory has its advantages!
More about the coilless safety pins. I've read on a few blogs that they've been hard to find. Joann's has them. They can be found in the bead section of the store, by the jewelry findings. If I'm not mistaken, the large size are 50 to a pack, and the small are 100 to a pack. Hobby Lobby also has them, but I think they are in the sewing notions department. If you're still having problems finding them, email me and I'll help you out! :)