she's a threadhead


In light of the recent news about Michael’s, I thought now was as best of time as any to share my recent experience of I did a similar review of DeSerres, when I ordered thread for my first Christmas stocking.


To begin, my need to order a large stash of supplies came from my recent commission. Like I mentioned before, I wasn’t truly aware of how large the aida canvas was going to be, I ordered based on the dimensions that were listed in the pattern. This is’s biggest strength, the website is designed for people who craft. You can easily navigate through their selection of fabrics to find the correct thread count and size. Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 9.36.42 AM

I also ordered over 50 DMC threads, in specific colours as needed for the project. was great for this too, as their Thread tab has a convenient DMC Floss Quick Ordering bar which allows you to add individual colours and their quantities without having to browse through the entire catalogue.
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While these online conveniences are fantastic for individuals who need a variety of canvas sizes and thread colours. This shopping experience did have some drawbacks. For one, is an American site and thus, all the prices are listed in US Dollars. I really have no right to complain about this, because it is very clearly indicated on the checkout form. However, I was still surprised when the charge appeared on my credit card as $10 more than the current CAD to USD conversion rate. I don’t know the value at which converts CAD to USD but it is clearly more than Google’s. With this price increase and shipping, the threads cost $0.97 each, which is expensive.

Finally, my biggest complaint about was the length of time for the delievery. I was very anxious to begin this project, because it is a commission. When I ordered from DeSerres it took 4 days to arrive, this is understandable because their warehouse is in Montréal. was shipping from Utah, and it took over two weeks. Again, I’m not sure if I have a right to complain about this because I knew they were an American company. But, when you’re anxious to get started on a project, waiting a long time for materials is the worst.

In conclusion, I don’t know if I’ll be ordering threads from again. I ended up having to wait a long time to pay more. However, unless I can find a Canadian seller of large canvases, I will probably from the site again.

Where do you get your stitchin’ supplies from? How does timing & cost effect your choices as a consumer? Any great reviews?

Have a great weekend!


15 Comments on “123STITCH.COM”

  1. scoobyclue says:

    I live in the US and have been ordering from forever. I get all my fabrics there, and they always have the patterns I am looking for, and for me the shipping is great, always within the the week. I love them.

    • eadouglas says:

      That’s awesome! I’m glad that the site works for you, I think the week turn around is key because how eager stitchers are to start their projects. I’m really hoping to find something similar in Canada. I did a bit of serious Googling today, and I have some leads – so hopefully works out!

  2. they ship to NZ reasonably quickly; I expected the 2 week turnaround. Ray at Down Sunshine Lane is also good.

    • eadouglas says:

      It really shouldn’t take a similar amount of time to get to New Zealand as Canada, you’re like an entire world away and I could easily drive there and back this weekend. Do you have shops in NZ that you can buy supplies at? Or, are you frequently ordering abroad? I’m hoping to WWOOF in NZ sometime in the next few years, so this could be important information.

      Also, I just bookmarked the Down Sunshine Lane, although they’re also American and I think I prefer Canadian stores.

      • There are some stores here. I use Ribbon Rose in Ellerslie or online at but sometimes if there is an offer I’ll use someone else. NZ bricks & motar stores are expensive. DMC can be up to $1.80 NZD

      • Stupidly, what is WWOOF?

      • eadouglas says:

        WWOOFing is worldwide opportunities on organic farms, basically you’re a farm hand in exchange for room and board. I’ve wanted to own sheep since I was little, and I think it’d be NZ would be a great place to try the dream out.

  3. Waffu says:

    123Stitch would have to be my go to place for when I’m lazy and don’t want to drive to a far away, but near, store. I think I had one time that to me shipping was super slow and that was only because I was impatient to get my materials over a holiday *derp*.(I live in the US by the way.)

    When I feel like driving, I shop at JoAnn’s Fabrics that’s about 35 mins away. I would say that it definitely costs me less to go out and buy supplies. That’s with the cost of gas. It’s just easier to order.

    • eadouglas says:

      Do the Joann’s stores carry large sized canvases? Because no where in Toronto (read: Canada’s largest city) does. So online ordering is my only option in that case.,

      • Waffu says:

        Oh! I forgot, that’s also a reason I like online. Joann’s, or the one by me, does not carry large sized canvases. I have been to the section of the store where you can buy fabric and they had zero idea on the brands most commonly used for cross stitch. I’m not sure if it’s like this at every Joann’s though. They do carry the ones in the plastic where you can buy your floss, but none of them are that big.

      • eadouglas says:

        Yeah, one day I will buy several yards of aida cloth in different counts and be the happiest stitcher on the planet.

  4. Ginny says:

    I have ordered from 123stitch a couple of times. Several things were not in stock, even though I was able to order them and so I had to wait. But I think they ship pretty quickly when they have stock and once they get product in. I am in the states. Hopefully you can find something local that you can get your things from fast. I know the waiting game is hard even if I am not wanting for a specific project.

    • eadouglas says:

      Thanks! I’ve bookmarked several sites to try the next time I have to do a large order, all of them Canadian. Now, I just need to finish a few projects.

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