And then there are the thread/thread conversion questions! Yay for having old patterns that used discontinued thread types/brands (not really yay in the slightest, argh). Also, patterns in general could be more specific (I'm looking at you, patterns that refer to Wisper and Nordic Gold, without bothering to mention that they're Rainbow Gallery threads).
All hail Google. This will be my post for collecting helpful links for future reference.
- What are the kinds of cross stitch fabric and how are they different?
Choosing a Fabric - Julie's X Stitch
- What actually are the fabric colors in real life?
Fabric Color Chart - Julie's X Stitch
- Thread issues:
Needle Necessities - is now ThreadworX (Conversion Chart)
DMC Flower Thread - discontinued in 2003 (PDF Conversion Chart that I don't entirely understand)
Wisper - a Rainbow Gallery thread
Nordic Gold - a Rainbow Gallery thread
Rainbow Gallery - apparently still exists, but no idea where to get it from at this point