Thursday, August 15, 2013

A little nit-picky

Some of you may think this is silly, but here goes:

For a couple of years, I've been doing a seasonal kit exchange with three other stitching girl friends.  It's a lot of fun.  A few times every year we each pick a small, generally ornament sized design.  It's almost always a freebie.  Then we stitch it for ourselves, (like stitching a model) and then we create three kits using those same materials and send them off to each other in the mail.  It's cool to have three different small kits arrive in my mailbox at regular intervals.  And when I need a quick finish, I have a box of them just waiting for me to start - threads, fabric and even sometimes finishing supplies all at my fingertips!

So here's the nit-picky part.  Often we'll take a freebie that uses DMC and make some conversions to overdyeds or silks or whatever to make it more fun for our friends.

When I start stitching my kit, I buy all brand new skeins, because I like to measure my thread use and keep count of the yardage I'm using.  That way I'm sure that I pack enough thread in the kits I send my friends. (It's embarrassing to send a kit with not enough thread!)

My last two kits have used Weeks Dye Works threads and after measuring, I've found that those 5-yard skeins?  Well, they usually don't contain 5 yards.  I used 8 different colors of WDW threads and the skeins are always short.  Sometimes by maybe 6 inches.  No biggie.  But sometimes by 12-18 inches.  Yes.  18 inches.  One-half yard.

Unlike GAST, which comes separated into five 1-yard pieces, WDW is just one continuous length of thread, so unless you were measuring, you'd never notice.  But now I've noticed.

So now you know, too.  And if you're trying to estimate how many skeins of WDW thread you'll need for that gorgeous monochromatic sampler you're planning to stitch....well, you had better add a skein or two.  Because my recent experience has made me think that you won't be getting 5 yards from those brand new skeins you just brought home.


23 comments:

  1. Wow! Thanks for this information! I think you ought to bring it to the manufacturer's attention. There is no call for so much missing thread in a skein ... not even a mere 6"!

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  2. I don't think that's silly at all. That is a legitimate concern. I would write to the company and let them know that you've noticed this.

    I know dying causes some shrinkage but if they are advertising the purchase is for a certain amount then they should be cutting that amount AFTER dying not before.

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  3. I agree that you should let WDW know this. Maybe 5" isn't too bad but 18" is a lot - could easily make the difference in some stitched items. I'd say you aren't really fe trig what you paid for.

    I've never measured the yardage before but I think I will start checking now.

    Very interesting and thanks for sharing this information with us.

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  4. Wow - I had no idea. Thanks so much for sharing this info with the rest of us. If the WDW label specifies 5 yds., then 5 yds. is what should be in the skein. Shorting the yardage is at best negligent, and at worst fraudulent. I guess I'll think twice before I buy any more WDW.

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  5. First of all, I love the kit idea! Thanks for the WDW info, I always buy extra if I am unsure of yardage I may need.

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  6. Your little exchange club sounds like a fun idea.

    Interesting info on WDW and if this info goes viral, I'm sure they won't be too happy, but maybe they will exercise a little more quality control! Shouldn't be that hard to measure floss.

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  7. That's good to know. I do think the folks at Weeks should know this. I mean don't we all want to get the full amount we're paying for??

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  8. Thanks for the info on Weeks. Honestly, if they say you are buying 5 yards, it should measure out to 5 yards otherwise, it feels like that are cheating customers out of products and how fair is that?! I've never thought to measure it before...

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  9. Well that is pretty aggravating , I'm going to start checking my skeins of WDW! A few inches occasionally is one thing but half a yard - no excuse for that!

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  10. Thanks for the info on the yardage shortage. If I remember right didn't McDonalds or some such company get into trouble over showing way more cherries in their pies than actually were in them...Or maybe it was Wilderness Cherry Pie filling...anyway false advertising gets you into trouble!

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  11. Thanks for the info on the yardage shortage. If I remember right didn't McDonalds or some such company get into trouble over showing way more cherries in their pies than actually were in them...Or maybe it was Wilderness Cherry Pie filling...anyway false advertising gets you into trouble!

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  12. Not nit-picky at all. If the tag says 5 yards, there should be 5 yards of floss on the card, period, full stop. An isolated incident could be chalked up to a mistake, but it sounds like this is a chronic issue with Weeks. I agree with everyone else -- bring it to Weeks' attention. It will be interesting to see how they respond, if for no other reason!

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  13. Yikes! I don't think it's nitpicky at all. If it says 5 yards, it should be 5 yards. And as Daffycat mentioned, even if there is shrinkage (though I cannot for the life of me imagine 12-18 inches of shrinkage from dying), they should be cutting 5 yards after dying anyway.

    I'm passing this on to my LNS owner to see if she's heard anything from other customers, and I definitely think this is something that should be addressed with WDW.

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  14. Oh that's not nitpicky! That's a serious lack of quality control. I agree with the others that you really should bring it to WDW's attention. They won't fix it unless people speak up.

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  15. I don't think it's nit-picky at all! While dyeing does result some shrinkage, I really don't think they're cutting their thread into 5 yard pieces and then dyeing it. They far more likely to be dyeing a huge amount and then cutting it. I think 6" short is even too much. If their label says 5 yards, it needs to be 5 yards.

    A kit exchange would be wonderful!

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  16. I want to get what I paid for. But just a thought, where do you buy your floss? Does the shop take returns? Some people do buy floss, use a little that they need and return it and the next person purchasing it takes the hit. That's why needlework shops often don't accept returns.

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  17. Yikes, that is just not right. I use Weeks quite a bit and I will have to pay more attention. Thanks for sharing and I don't think it's being nit picky at all.

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  18. I think I will go measure a few new skeins. This could be a big problem for them. It's like shorting you on a gallon of gas or a pound of hamburger. That's why there are government employees out there checking scales. We couldn't use wooden yardsticks when measuring fabric and trims at Joann's when I worked there. Only metal rulers are used. You are not nitpicking Lee.

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  19. Well I never, really who would have known? Not nit picky at all. I am sharing the link to your blog on a group I belong to, hope that's okay.

    Lovely idea, Lee, though, the kits!

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  20. Not picky at all. WDW is more expensive than DMC and you should expect the correct Yardage. WDW is on FB - let them know about this.

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  21. nothing silly, useful info actually. and a confirm, as I noticed this too.
    I was arranging all my hand dyed threads by number and realized a few of my brand new WDW skeins were sensibly shorter than others. not being kitting up anything, I just thought it was a random thing. then I was asked why I got addicted to Nina's Threads instead of those equally beautiful WDWs and GAST, I did a little math and found out that one of the reasons I keep on choosing these is I spend less for them. they come in 8m long skeins! :)
    hugs and happy xxx,
    chiara

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  22. I forgot, the kit exchange is such a wonderful idea. now I got to have one too!

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  23. I think that's not OK. 5 yards should really be 5 yards because we pay for 5 yards. Next time I stitch with WDW and use a new skein I'll measure first.

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