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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Stash Buster Plus Contest

I have been cleaning out my supply closet, and honestly trying to get rid of some things I no longer need. Of course, I must keep all of my old pattern books, and my box full of buttons and beads, and the tub of fabric that I really am going to make into a quilt some day.
But, I was forced to admit, that I do have a lot of thread that I will probably never find a use for. Some of it is discontinued colors, some of it I ordered for a project and then decided to  use  a different color.  Some of it I bought on sale. You know how that goes.
 Anyway, I ruthlessly sorted out a big box full of both new and partial balls of thread that I had no plans for.  But the question remained, 'what to do with it?'  I would really love for someone to get some good from it, so I decided to have what I am calling my 'Stash Buster Plus' Contest.
At first  I was not sure if I should include the partial balls in the give away. I was afraid y'all would think I was being tacky, giving away my left overs, the balls that I have already used a portion of in making some of my doilies.
 So, I went on Facebook, and asked the followers of the BellaCrochet page what they thought. Most of them thought it would be just fine, as long as everyone knew that some of the balls had been used
So, here is the deal. I will be giving away a box full of size 10 crochet thread. This is the 'Stash Buster' part of the contest:

The 4 balls on the bottom row are new, and have never been used. The others are not full balls, I have  used part of them in different projects. I do not know how many yards of thread remain on them. There are different brands, but they are all size 10 cotton.

Here they are, all boxed up and ready to go! 
Please notice that I have included a partial ball of America's Best Lt. Green #55, which is a great personal sacrifice for me. When I heard Elmore Pisgah was going out of business, I stocked up on it. I use it judicially in my designs now, and  I dread the day I  run out.  I just hope some other company is making a similar color green by then.  
But anyway, because it does bother me a little bit to think that I am actually having a contest to give away used thread, I went out and bought a few brand new goodies to go with it.
This is the "Plus" part of the give away!
Look at these cool little labels! I would not put them on a doily, but they would be great on clothes and afghans! There are 9 of them in the package.
And this cute book of bookmarks designed by Wanda Stephens. It was the only thread book I could find at Walmart, but hey, bookmarks are great for using up partially used balls of thread, right?
And of course, you need hooks, you can never have too many hooks! This set of Boye's includes sizes 0, 1, 7, 8, 9 and 10. 
In addition, I will also email the winner a PDF copy of my  new pattern set "More Vintage Floral Doilies."

Okay, just to make sure that we are clear, I am giving away a box of size 10 cotton thread, some balls used, some complete. I cannot say or guarantee how many yards of thread are left on the used balls.

Also, I want to let you know that I live with a smoker. He doesn't smoke in my office or around where the thread has been stored (I really don't remember the last time he even came back here.) But, I know some people are very sensitive to smoke. If you are, you probably should not enter this contest. 
The contest is open to U.S residents only. The box will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail.
The contest will run from now until Oct. 15th. I will select the winner at random and post their name   here on the morning of Oct. 15th, so please be sure to check back to see if you won.  
If the winner does not contact me within 7 days of the end of the contest, I will select a new winner, and all prizes will be awarded to them. Failure to contact me within 7 days will result in forfeiture of all prizes. 
 Also, if you post anonymously, please be sure I have a way to identify you (at least give your first name or a nick name in your comment; I have no way of knowing who is posting.)

To enter, just leave a comment answering this question:

What do you do with all of your leftover thread?
This contest is now closed. Please stop by again soon!

40 comments:

AbyBay said...

I have never really had any left overs it has been so long since I have had any thread that I dont know what I would do. Bid on some a while back but didnt get it so this would be great... K Eggleston

Rosina Smith said...

I love your contests – and one of these days I am going to win one! Now for my answer to your question, "What do you do with your leftover thread?" I hoard it, of course! You never know when you will need a flower is just that shade of pink, or a granddaughter falls in love with just that shade of purple and wants a bracelet... well, you get the picture.

Thank you for another fun contest. And to be perfectly honest with you, I am entering mostly because I really, really, really want a copy of your new book!

basilcat53 said...

Left over thread - what is that?! I use all of my thread in one thing or another.
Michelle Bell

Kathy Stewart said...

I use leftover thread to crochet flowers and butterflies to put on baby hats and children's clothing. I love all your prizes. Thank you for the contest.

Tammy Phillips said...

Thank you for having this contest! I usually save up any left over thread and make blankets with two strands of thread. Using white or natural all the way through along with multiple different colors of thread throughout the blanket. I made them for my kids when they were small and have made them for all my grand kids. They all love them because there are so many different colors in them.

Afshan Raheel said...

I will love it...hug it....squeeze it. N hoard it

Anonymous said...

My mom has given me so many partially used balls of thread. I love it! You can never have to much or enough variety :)

Emily Donaldson

linb54 said...

I use leftover thread for small appliques such as flowers, butterflies etc...such fun...a giveway! ;)
Linda B.

Anonymous said...

Wow! what an exciting give away. I would be thrilled to be your lucky winner. I would use the leftover yarn to make earring flowers, bookmarks, and scarves. The thread makes beautiful scarves by holding 3 strands together to crochet with. This uses any leftover thread quickly. I love thread and yarn and you can never have too much in stash. I would also enjoy receiving a copy of your new pattern book. Thank you, S. Nelson

Becky said...

I save mine! You never know when you'll need just a tiny bit of a color!

Angela McGlasson said...

I've always wanted to learn to crochet dollies and with this win I could just do that. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

Angela McGlassonđź’™

Vicki T said...

I pretty much hold onto it until it gets used. Except for an orange thread color I had one time. I don't recall what brand it was but it was kind of sticky feeling and was quite difficult to use. I made one of my small angels out of it to fulfill a friend request and then gave the remainder away through my local Freecycle group. Given that the University of FL Gators' school colors are blue and orange, it quickly found a new home.

Ava said...

Since I don't crochet, I can't really answer the specific question. I have two antique balls of thread that were my great aunt's. My Granny tried so hard to teach me crochet, but she never succeeded. If I win the thread, I will send it to my missionary friend in the,Solomon Islands. Her daughter loves to crochet.
Blessings,
Ava

Sherry said...

I would makes coasters to become proficient in thread croceting. I have a big book of thread coaster/doilies that I am just dying to try,

DeannaT said...

I make ornaments and other decorations and give them to friends.

Maria Nobile said...

I make roses, in all colors, and small flowers. I also work up doilys, I love workin the lace. I have been thinking about making some hankies, that is how I got into making lace a long time ago, I learned how to make a hankie from scratch, and a nice edge is awesome

Martha Marty said...

I cut up the size 10 tube and wind the leftover size 10 over it. I cut it in 4 pieces. I stack them in box, so I can easily see what colors I have, for my smaller projects, or making strips.....great for ornaments, earrings, color necklaces, text. For regular yarn, I wind them starting on my finger, into balls, and but them in see thru bags.... Easy to see what I have....

Helena Georgette said...

Leftover thread goes into my stash unless there is too little to do anything with say 6" or less. I buy partial crochet thread or yarn if I see it at a thrift shop or yard sale.

Helena Georgette said...

Leftover thread goes into my stash unless there is too little to do anything with say 6" or less. I buy partial crochet thread or yarn if I see it at a thrift shop or yard sale.

crochethuahua said...

I save it for when I may need a little bit of this and that such as a few flowers or a row or two.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the opportunity! To me there is no difference between a partial ball and a new ball. They are all great :-) . Good luck to all that enter.
Cynthia A.

Rebecca Kimmons said...

I like to give away my partial or colors that just didn't work to my sons elementary schools art class. Thread and yarn can be used in alot of different ways & the kids love it.

Anonymous said...

I never have leftover thread. I do share it with people who are learning to crochet. I also share the patterns I've purchased from you. I'm sure I've sent a few customers your way. EVERYONE loves your style and taste. It makes crocheting a joy. I feel like an artist!

Mary Neumeier said...

Bookmarks, bookmarks and more bookmarks!!!!!

agd509 said...

I love making bookmarks with all my random leftovers :)

Sherri said...

Oh my the word is out that your giving away thread and all are coming to join...so here. I am too! Haha I make little thigs with my thread and of course I hourd it too! Love love love different colors to play with!

froggy (D'Ann Gayler) said...

I have been making little hearts with my left over thread. I also make Barbie clothes with some of the larger pieces.

Ursula Federman said...

I use my leftover thread for tatting jewelry.

Alicia Morris said...

I make flowers with mine or cross book marks I never get ride of mine I allways find a use for it I make a lot of Doll cloths to so I use a lot of my scraps for that

Jolene Ortiz said...

I use left over thread for small items, like flowers and use it for borders on doilies!

Anonymous said...

I also use my left over thread for small crocheted decorations like flowers, butterflies, leaves, and various other things.

Denise Morrison Fritz

Anonymous said...

I would love to receive it! I use my leftover thread to make flowers to sew on. Or small crochet items.

Karen Hardin

Anonymous said...

I keep it of course in case I have that perfect project to complete!

Joanie Shaffer Reese

Pammy Sue said...

I have become obsessed with thread crochet and have been crocheting doily after doily. Your thread giveaway caught my eye, and I would love to take part. What do I do with my leftover thread? Why I save it (hoard), of course! :)

Thanks!

Lisa Sullivan said...

I use leftover thread to make bracelets with beads and earrings :)

Bren said...

I love making potholders out of my leftovers. I try to use good color combos. Thanks for the opportunity

Julie Romero said...

I crochet flowers, jewelry, bookmarks, small motifs, edge dolly blankets, etc. I also tat and use a bit of it there, though a lot of size 10 crochet cotton is not easy to tat with. Occasionally a bit will land in some other craft like some Easter eggs I once made with crochet cotton, balloons, and a lot of starch!

Rose said...

I have clear plastic bins, I have work bags (bags with wip), I have shoe boxes, and then I have colorful metal tubs that all yarn goes in. So there is always somewhere to stash it LOL.

Carol Dice said...

I use leftover thread to crochet small butterflies, snowflakes, angels and bookmarks.

Carol Dice

Anonymous said...

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