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StitchyBox Subscription Review + Coupon- January/February 2017

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StitchyBox is a themed, bi-monthly subscription box for cross stitch and counted thread supplies.

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Angus was helpful not only during unboxing, but later when I was making the swatches!

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

This review is of the Big Picture, $36.50 every other month, box. 

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The Subscription Box: StitchyBox

The Cost: $36.99/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 $38.99/box for the “Detail-Oriented Box” (contains one cut of 32-36 count linen and one cut of 40 count linen).

Note: StitchyBox has introduced some add-ons to the bimonthly subscription.

  • Bling It Up” (beads and crystals for $7.50 one-time purchase or $7.13 as a bimonthly add on)
  • Stitch It Up” (small pattern charts for $6.50 one-time purchase or $6.18 as a bimonthly add on).
  • You can also subscribe to “Just the Threads” to get a selection of threads and fibers each month (this is $22.99 for a one-time purchase or $21.84 for a bimonthly subscription; this is not an add-on but a separate subscription).

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.)

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.

Ships to: U.S. for free, $6 international.

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This month’s StitchyBox came with a card detailing the theme for the box. This box’s theme is “Tulip Fields.” (All of this year’s color themes will be inspired by nature!)

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Variegated Pink Linen Fabric – Value $4?

This is quite pretty and matches the month’s threads nicely, but I have no idea what it is. It is smaller than a fat 16th so I have valued it a little less than the other fabrics from this month.

Swarovski Clover Crystal in Dark Moss Green (8 mm) – Value $1

It’s nice to get St. Patrick’s Day items well in advance, so you actually have time to do something with them. It’s also nice to get genuine Swarovski items in any box; I’m a big fan of them from working with them in my beading/jewelry projects. There is just something about the quality that can’t be beat.

Mother of Pearl 6 mm Hexagons, 2-count – Value $0.50

You can stitch around these (they’re flat and very lightweight so they won’t wear your work down). Or, you can do what I am somewhat more likely to do, which is use them to make earrings. (I don’t limit myself to stitching with Stitchybox items. I am open to pretty much any beading and/or fiber art.)

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14 Count Aida in Vintage Country Cream by Zwiegart (fat 16th) – Value $4.25

Maybe this makes me unimaginative or unsophisticated as a stitcher, but Aida is still my favorite type of fabric to work with, and this one is neutral and offers a lot of possibilities. (Note: this is sold out of the Stitchybox shop and also, only a fat 8th is listed, so I just took half the price of a fat 8th.)

28 Count Lugana in Forest Bloom by Handdyed by Stephanie (fat 16th) – Value $6

Handdyed by Stephanie is a common source for Stitchybox fabrics. But the fabrics are really pretty, so I’m just fine with that. This one would be quite nice as a background for a floral pattern. (Note: this is also sold out of the Stitchybox shop and also, only a fat 8th is listed, so I just took half the price of a fat 8th.

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Dinky Dyes Hand Dyed Silk in Mango Tango (8 m) – Value $4.50

Dinky Dyes is another maker you’ll see in a lot of StitchyBox shipments. I think it is fun to get items from small producers – you get to test out their wares without paying shipping or a minimum order fee. This one is lovely and was also easy to work with.

Fiberlicious Hand Dyed Spun Silk in Scarlett (48 m) – Value $4

I don’t always like working with silk thread, but this was nice and also easy to use. And of course, it is my favorite color. Anyway, red is perfect for a box inspired by tulips.

Kreinik Silk Mori in Lightest Honey (1/2 skein, 2.5 m) – Value $1.80

Kreinik is not really a small company in terms of embroidery, but you’ll often get a Kreinik item in StitchyBox. I do like working with this and I’m happy to add another color to my collection. Although I don’t use neutrals much in other crafts, it is always great to have them for embroidery purposes.

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Ship’s Manor Limited Edition Cotton Floss (5 yards) – Value $2

This is a 6-strand cotton floss (my favorite kind to work with) in lovely purple shades. I would not have expected this to be my favorite when I opened the box, but I’m really a fan of the colors. (To get the best results when stitching with variegated thread, stitch each X fully before going on to the next instead of doing half of each across several rows before completing.) This color is a StitchyBox exclusive. If you prefer silk, that is also available in the Stitchybox shop (just click the product name above).

The Gentle Art Floss in “Green with Envy” – Value $2.40

You can’t have a field of tulips without some green!  The Gentle Art is another maker you’ll see a lot of in StitchyBox, but it is a nice standby type of thread and can be a good substitute for DMC if you’d like to support a smaller company.  This was another 6-strand cotton floss.

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Here are sample squares stitched in each of this month’s floss colors. From left to right: Kreinik Silk Mori in Lightest Honey, Ship’s Manor Limited Edition Cotton Floss, Dinky Dyes Hand Dyed Silk in Mango Tango, Fiberlicious Hand Dyed Spun Silk in Scarlett, and The Gentle Art Floss in “Green with Envy”.

Verdict: I calculated a value of $30.45 for this month’s StitchyBox. That value is on the low side for this subscription although there is some uncertainty in the value of the pink linen fabric. I’d say this was just an off month since this box nearly always exceeds the month-to-month price. (Also, don’t forget, but multi-month subscriptions are available and you can save a little by choosing one of those.) Anyway, I did like the tulip theme and thought the colors and fabrics were well-curated around the theme. I especially like the custom purple floss color for this month!

What do you think of the January/February 2017 StitchyBox? Would you like to see reviews of some of the new add-ons for the subscription?

Written by Ragan Buckley

Ragan Buckley

Ragan stumbled across My Subscription Addiction in late 2013 and immediately subscribed to way too many beauty boxes. She’s now focused on boxes for her cats and dog, vegan/vegetarian food boxes, and craft subscriptions (and she didn’t give up beauty boxes entirely).

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

12 Comments

  1. Where did you find Kreinik Silk for $1.80 a skein? I have never found it for less than $3 each.

    • Click on the link in the product name. That is directly from Kreinik, itself.

    • Those are half skein. You more likely see the full skein silk. Although I don’t see that many LNS carry the silk mori range.

      • Got it. Thank you. I don’t think I would have thought to shop at kreinik’s site.

      • Yeah, they are half skeins I linked to because a half skein is what I received from StitchyBox.

  2. I bought some floss from Fiberlicious last year. They are a dream to stitch, the spun silk floss is so soft. I am using one of the variegated red cotton floss for a project.

  3. I think I just bought 30″x36″ white and ecru Aida for $5.99 at Michaels. I was amazed it was so inexpensive since I have not bought Aida in many many years. I had a humongous stash built up from buying it at thrift stores. The thrill of finding cross stitch goodies at the thrift store is like a high for me . LOL That said, what do you sew on if not Aida? I have been cross stitching forever but always on cross stitch cloth.

    • I stitch on linen, sometimes over one (very tiny stitches) and sometimes over 2.

  4. This box looks interesting, but is currently on waitlist for March/April 🙁 I’ve been stitching for over 40 years and would choose the linen fabric/one piece. I think you’ve probably overvalued the Aida fabric, as it is usually available on Amazon in white or cream for around $7.00 for 30″x36″ (I still use Aida for a limited number of projects). I know shops usually post higher prices for Aida than what it should actually sell for. I love how Stitchybox serges the edges of the fabric, though, which is worth the extra $ to me.

    The choice of threads/fibers is fantastic! I’ve looked at your prior reviews and it seems like an excellent variety is included for each shipment. The only suggestion I would make is that there is a more cohesive theme for the fabric/fibers to attract less experienced stitchers. Fortunately for me, I have a stitching stash that is embarrassingly large and these fibers would find a nice home with me, to be used with what I already have, but I’m not so sure a less experience stitcher would have such an easy time. Then again, maybe other people are a LOT more creative than I (not hard, since I like following other peoples patterns) and would have no problem with incorporating the wide variety of fibers into their projects.

    Thanks for another great review, Ragan!!! I’m guessing you don’t let Nyx anywhere near your projects, lol.

    • One other thing: they’ve changed their description to show that the box will have “over $35.00 worth of products.”

      • Thanks for noting the changed description, I’ll update for next time.

        I valued the Aida based on what they are selling it for in the StitchyBox shop, since I know it is the exact same product/shade/manufacturer so I am comparing apples to apples in terms of quality. (This particular item doesn’t seem to be available on Amazon.)

        I think there are some other options for the StitchyBox subscription that may appeal more to beginners; there is an option with a pattern, for example.

    • Also, Nyx isn’t the problem with my projects. Angus is…

      You know kittens: “OOOH! String!”

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