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Thursday, January 10, 2013


I'm trying something new this year. In the past I've come across bloggers' posts for "orts" and "tusals" and never really knew what they were. Now I know, and I'm going to give it a shot! If you're in the dark like I was, here's a little of what I learned-

Orts-are old ratty threads, they are the ends that stitchers cut off. Some people save these castoffs and create a pile, others discard them. I've always thought it was neat to see the different colors build up together-since I usually have several pieces I rotate working on, there's always a variety.

When various stitchers post photos of their piles, showing "progress" of sorts, the Totally Useless Stitch A Long was born (TUSAL). Photos of little jars containing the orts are usually posted around the new moon every month. 

Since I already collect the threads, I might as well join the fun! I have a pretty little candy dish that sits by my stitching chair at home. However, when I left home a week ago, I didn't think to bring my orts along with me. This is one of the rare times I will say, I am thankful for cell phones-I asked my son to take a picture of my jar at home, and send it to me (along with instructions please don't let dad throw away my trash before I get home)

This is what I have to show:

It's not a very large pile of threads, so that means one of two things: either I'm very thrifty with my floss, or I need to stitch more! I'm thinking it's the second choice 

I will probably not empty my dish, just continue to see it grow throughout the year.

If you're interested in joining this stitch a long, you can find more info here:

The next post will be February 10th, I hope I have more to show then!


  1. That's very interesting about orts and tusal. I've never heard of that before. It would be cool to have a big pile of orts to see how much work you've done - a progress pile, like you said.
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it. Isn't it great being the mother of boys?

    1. It is fun to see the pile of threads progress, see the variety of colors in it, especially around christmas! I love being the mother of boys, wouldn't know what to do with a girl. Now that one of my boys is newly married, I have to learn how to shop for a girly girl, it's exciting and scary at the same time!

  2. Hello Cindy! I come here to see your tusal!

    My TUSAL post is here:


  3. Hi Cindy, Welcome to the TUSAL! I'm starting again for the third year. I put my ORTs into a clear glass Christmas ornament at the end of the year (copied the idea from another stitcher). Pretty soon your dish will be full and you'll have to get a bigger jar!

    1. I'm making up for lost time, my ORT's are growing!

  4. too funny, thank goodness for kids that don't question why they are taking pictures of orts! I keep a plastic container to keep my threads in. It cracked last year but I glued it back together. Unlike the pretty glass jar I had when I first started!