11th November 2022

One of the many tasks on our Inspirations Studios ‘To Do List’ is to decide how many of our Ready-to-Stitch Kits to commission for each of the projects published in both our magazines and books.

For many of you who share our passion for all things needle and thread, this may sound particularly alluring, but just to let you in on a little secret… there are times we find it a little challenging! 

It turns out we don’t always get the number right.

We often find ourselves ‘measuring twice and cutting once’ before settling on the final quantities for each project.

You see, there are a number of elements we take into consideration. Everything from the charm of the subject, popularity of the designer, difficulty of the technique, the number of components required to complete the project right through to the availability of the supplies the world over.

Sure, there are times we get the numbers exactly right, sometimes we make too many kits – which isn’t always a bad thing as it means we get to stitch them ourselves! However, often we underestimate the popularity of a particular project, only to find ourselves creating more kits from scratch.

Balthazar anyone?!

As we contemplated our last round of Ready-to-Stitch Kits, we found ourselves wondering how you decide what to put your needle and thread to. Do you decide by subject, designer, technique, difficulty, finish, requirements or size? Perhaps there’s simply an X-Factor you can’t put your finger on.

Whatever it is that informs your decision-making process when it comes to all things needle and thread, we’d love to hear it, and you never know, it might just help us get our numbers right more often! 

Join our FREE weekly newsletter All Stitched Up!

Back to top