StitchyBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May/June 2016
StitchyBox is a themed, bi-monthly subscription box for cross stitch and counted thread supplies.
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: StitchyBox
The Cost: $36.50/box for the “Big Picture Box” (contains one cut of 14-16 count Aida and one cut of 28-32 count linen or evenweave) or $38.50/box for the “Detail-Oriented Box” (contains one cut of 32-36 count linen and one cut of 40 count linen). Save with 3 and 6-month subscriptions.
COUPON: Save 10% off your first box with code SURB1
The Products: Over $40 worth of stitching goodies including two cuts of stitching fabric and a variety of threads and embellishments. (Note: patterns and instructions are typically not included. However, the StitchyBox blog has some project ideas. And you can choose one larger piece of fabric instead of the two smaller ones when you sign up.)
Ships to: US for free, $6 international.
Good to Know: You can buy extras of supplies you liked from this box from the StitchyBox shop (while they last). I’ve taken most of the values listed below from the StitchyBox shop when I could.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
This is a review of the “Big Picture Box.”
This month’s StitchyBox came with a card detailing the theme for the box. This box’s theme is “The Little Sunbather.” This month, there was also a free beach-themed pattern.
Preciosa 11/0 Egg Shell Pearl Seed Beads (1 strand) – Value $0.50
Toho 15/0 Purple Galvanized Matte Seed Beads (1 gram) – Value $0.50
These are nice little extras. I may end up using them for jewelry projects instead of stitching, but it’s all good!
Picture This Plus 28 Count Lugana in Chime – Value $5 (?)
Fabric Flair 16 Count Aida in Stone – Value $5 (?)
You always get two pieces of fabric with this subscription, one linen and one evenweave. I am more of a fan of stitching on Aida but I think that’s because I don’t have as much experience on linen. Both of these are quite pretty and do remind me of summer and the beach.
I have never worked with velvet before. There are a lot of possibilities here. I actually think this would look nice (and potentially mid-20th-century retro) with some white flowers embroidered on it; I need to find some waste canvas and a good pattern now!
Ship’s Manor Cotton Floss in Clear Waters (5 yards) – Value $2
Stitchy Box did a really good job picking summer colors this month. Usually they are a few months ahead in terms of theme so you have time to complete a project, but I don’t mind getting seasonal colors – this is a very pretty blue.
Weeks Dye Works Cotton Floss in Daylily (5 yards) – Value $2.50
Weeks Dye Works is a StitchyBox mainstay. This is easy to work with and is a nice, bright, summery color.
Gloriana Bellagio Red (6 yards, 12 stranded silk) – Value $7.75
This is beautiful, and probably my favorite color this month, but I have decided that I am not a fan of working with silk. It is much harder to separate a few strands from silk to work with and I kept getting tangles (under conditions that would not cause tangles with cotton floss). Maybe my liking for Aida and cotton makes me less sophisticated as a stitcher, but it also makes me less frustrated…
Classic Colorworks Belle Soie in Carnation (5 yards, 12 stranded silk) – Value $7.50
This is another great summer color but I had similar issues stitching with this silk as I did with the Gloriana silk. Still, I’m glad I got the chance to try it.
The variegated color in this is fun. I’m not sure yet how I would use it in a project, but I do like the effect you get when the two colors meet.
I made little squares with all the threads. From left to right: (1) Classic Colorworks Belle Soie in Carnation, (2) Gloriana Bellagio Red, (3) Weeks Dye Works Cotton Floss in Daylily, (4) The Gentle Art Limited Edition Floss in Variegated Sand and Blue, and (5) Ship’s Manor Cotton Floss in Clear Waters. All are stitched with 2 strands.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $38.15 for this month’s StitchyBox. That doesn’t *quite* match the promised $40 value, but it is close, and it is slightly higher than the price of the box. Since the box contains a lot of floss and fabric from smaller producers, I still consider it to be a good deal – if you were to order the items individually, you’d have to pay a lot for shipping. But with this subscription, you get to try out different threads and learn about indie thread dyers with a lot less risk. For example, although I think the silk threads are beautiful, I have learned that I just don’t like working with them very much. And that is useful information to me.
What do you think of the June 2016 StitchyBox?