Columbia Minerva

Columbia Minerva
What is the best replacement yarn for this vintage needlepoint project?

I "inherited" a partially worked needlepoint canvas from the 70's and would like to complete it. It's Columbia Minerva design # 2332, "Winter Greenhouse." The canvas and the colored yarns are all included in the package I received, but for some reason all of the white yarn is missing except for one length's worth which has been stitched in already.
I will need 136 36-inch lengths of the white yarn, which is color reference # 5907 in the pattern. (So 4896 inches or just over 400 feet). Any recommendations on the best way to get replacement yarn? I know I can just go to the store with a segment and try to match color/weight but I'm hoping there's an even better way.

Here's a link to an ebay item that is almost exactly what I've received, even down to the % worked. This isn't mine, though.

http://cgi.ebay.it/VTG-Needlepoint-Tapestry-Unfinished-Winter-Greenhouse_W0QQitemZ330254896337QQihZ014QQcategoryZ3107QQcmdZViewItem#ebayphotohosting

I checked out the photos at the link you provided. What a nice project! It will be stunning when you finish it.

Columbia Minerva is no longer in business, so it's doubtful you'll be able to replace the missing yarn with that brand.

Since you need a LOT of the white, and you want it all to match (since it's the background), here's what I would do: I would remove the single 36" strand that has already been worked, and purchase enough new white yarn to do the entire project.

I noticed that the description on the link you provided said that the kit includes both wool and acrylic yarns. You'll want to test the strand you remove to make sure you purchase the right yarn. You can test this by taking a small bit of the yarn and holding it near an open flame. If it melts and shrinks back from the flame, it's synthetic. If it IS acrylic, I'll be willing to bet it's acrylic knitting worsted-weight yarn. If so, you're in luck: you can purchase a single skein of good acrylic knitting-worsted weight yarn for under $5, and it will more than cover what you need (a skein usually has about 250+ yards).

If it's wool, then it's tapestry yarn -- much more expensive (which is why I suspect it is acrylic: most projects like this would have used the less expensive acrylic yarn for the large expanse of background to reduce costs). If it IS tapestry wool, then just purchase enough yardage in white.

Good luck on your project!

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1976 Columbia Minerva Counted Cross Stitch Picture Kit Religious Seed Sampler
USD 19.99
 
1976 Columbia Minerva Counted Cross Stitch Picture Kit Religious Seed Sampler. Finished size of each is 6 by 14. Kit is unopened and unused. And as always, combined shipping is available. Just a note to all of my valued customers: Joe's This And That strives to meet every need of my customers. If an item does not satisfy or there is a shipping problem, please email me before leaving less than positive feedback and I will make every effort to resolve the situation if possible. Powered by eBay
 

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1983 Columbia Minerva Friendship Sampler With Birds Kit Nip X Cross Stitch
USD 14.95
 
Rare 1983 Columbia Minerva Friendship Sampler with Birds Kit NIP X Cross Stitch Factory sealed Label removed Normal wear for new old stock.Friendship Sampler 1983 14x18 frame size Includes: hand screened design on 70% polyester 20% cotton 10% flax linen type fabric, 100% cotton embroidery floss, needle, easy instructions.Please look at the photos closely and carefully for added description.Will combine shipping for multiple items. Wait for my invoice please.Thank you for looking at this lis
 

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Columbia-minerva 1973 Needlepoint pastel Flowers 14 Pillow Kit 10 Mesh Wool
USD 19.99
 
UP FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IS A VINTAGE COLUMBIA MINERVA DESIGNER NEEDLEPOINT PILLOW KIT. IT'S KIT #1562 PASTEL FLOWERS A MARGARET BOYLES DESIGN DATED 1973. IT'S AN EXQUISITE PILLOW OF VARYING TEXTURES CREATED WITH SEVERAL NEEDLEPOINT AND CREWEL STITCHES. IT'S 14 X 14 AND HAS A KNIFE EDGE. KIT INCLUDES: STAMPED DESIGN ON 10 MESH, 100% COTTON MONO CANVAS, 100% WOOL AND 100% ACRYLIC YARNS, NEEDLE AND SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS. PILLOW FORM, TWINE AND FABRIC FOR BACKING AND CORDING NOT INCLUDED. SHIPP
 

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Columbia Minerva Hallmark Santa Crewel Picture Kit Toys Season's Greetings
USD 19.99
 
New In Package. Columbia-Minerva/1977 Hallmark Cards Design Collection, Christmas Crewel Picture Kit, 8x 12. Design features Santa Claus with Toys, Greenery, and Season's Greetings. Kit Includes Santa Claus stamped design on 100% cotton denim, 1005 wool and 100% Dacron polyester Persian-type yarns, needle, and easy-to-follow instructions. Comes to you in Clean Condition , from my Smoke-Free, Pet-Free home. ***Note*** I generally Do Not ship plush items in envelopes. I have had a couple of
 

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14 Skeins Vintage Columbia-minerva Tropicale Nylon Yarn (3607)
USD 28.00
 
gretelg Store 14 SKEINS VINTAGE COLUMBIA-MINERVA TROPICALE NYLON YARN (#3607) Welcome! This auction is for 14 skeins Columbia-Minerva Tropicale yarn. They are vintage, but NEW and in good condition. Description: An almost weightless dress yarn that looks like and feels like silky fabric. For Knitting and Crocheting No winding necessary Colorfast Allergy Free Soil, Stein and Stretch Resistent Made in U.S.A. 100% Nylon Tricot 100 Yards Color #1268, Coffee Cream Lot E
 

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Columbia Minerva Accents Stitchery Kit 12 X 16 Cherry Blossoms & Chickadee
USD 22.00
 
This is one Columbia-Minerva Cherry Blossoms and Chickadee Stitchery Kit. From The Accents: A Collection of Brights Naturals. 12 x 16. Includes hand screened design, yard, thread, needles, and instructions. Frame not included. New, sealed. Vintage, 1981. First Class shipping included in the Continental USA! Check our store for other collectibles and rare items! 10-15% Rebates available! Check store for details! The more you buy, the more you save! Sales Tax will be added to California purchas
 

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1978 Needle-point Tote Kit Craft Carry Bag Columbia Minerva Vintage Embroidery
USD 19.95
 
Columbia Minerva vintage kit:- Craft carry all Tote Bag NeedlePoint Kit (Model: 8252) Size Completed: 10.5 x 13.5 x 3 Contents: FashionEase canvas, acrylic yarn, needle, instructions chart Made: 1978 Columbia Minerva - Designer NeedlePoint - Joan Ray Design New and sealed! Check out my other craft kits!
 

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9 Skeins Vintage Columbia-minerva Tropicale Nylon Yarn (3610)
USD 18.00
 
gretelg Store 9 SKEINS VINTAGE COLUMBIA-MINERVA TROPICALE NYLON YARN (#3610) Welcome! This auction is for 9 skeins Columbia-Minerva Tropicale yarn. They are vintage, but NEW and in good condition. Description: An almost weightless dress yarn that looks like and feels like silky fabric. For Knitting and Crocheting No winding necessary Colorfast Allergy Free Soil, Stein and Stretch Resistent Made in U.S.A. 100% Nylon Tricot 100 Yards Color #1263, Perfect Blue Lot M
 

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Columbia-minerva 5x7 Field Mouse Crewel Embroidery Picture Kit 1977
USD 16.75
 
COLUMBIA-MINERVA CREWEL PICTURE KIT 5X7 FIELD MOUSE UNDER A MUSHROOM 1977 NEW SEALED PACKAGE #7825 CONTENT OF KIT:MOUSE STAMPED DESIGN ON 100% LINEN FABRIC 100% WOOL YARN 100% COTTON EMBROIDERY FLOSS NEEDLE EASY TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS FRAME NOT INCLUDED
 

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Vintage Deco Stitch 1978 Columbia Minerva Fruit Garland Kit
USD 53.95
 
You are bidding towards a Fabulous VINTAGE 1978 Needlepoint DECORATIVE STITCH Kit by Columbia Minerva called:FRUIT GARLAND . This is a new Vintage full kit with 100% Persian Wool.The bag remains UNOPENED. The canvas design is 14 by 14. It is a Fabulous design rendered in needlepoint for the design, French Knots for the Posies and Upright Alternating Gobelin stitch for the background. There is alot of yarn with this kit. This is an Exquisite design rendered on a Pre-Printed #10 ct. MONO Canvas
 

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Columbia Minerva Windspun Quick Knitting Yarn, Peacock, Lot Of 3
USD 15.99
 
Columbia Minerva Windspun yarn quick knitting weight lot of 3 Color:peacock 1.75 oz (50 grams) each, yardage is not stated size 10 needles 2 = 7 sts x 10 rows 99% Solara acrylic, 1% nylon Made in USA Delicate machine wash Older stock, unused yarn I love to combine shipping for multiple items to save you on shipping. Items are shipped within 24 hours of cleared payment. Shipping charges include a small handling fee to help cover the cost of packing/mailing materials. Most traditional payment me
 

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Columbia Minerva 1980 Crewel Picture Kit Victorian House Needlepoint 14 X 18
USD 29.99
 
Columbia-Minerva 1980 Crewel Picture Kit. The Accents a collection of brights and naturals. The picture is 14 inches by 18 inches. In the original unopened package. The title is Victorian House. Stamped design on polyester, cotton and flax fabric. Includes 100% wool yarn, 100% cotton embroidery thread, needle and directions. Frame not included. Made in the U.S.A.
 

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Columbia Minerva Vintage 1973 abc Floral Cross Stitch Embroidery Kit 18x14
USD 24.99
 
Sealed Vintage Columbia Minerva Kit Dated 1973 Cross Stitch Embroidery ABC FLORALKit number 6506 Finished Size is 18 by 14The kit includes:Stamped design on 100% cotton fabric Cotton embroidery thread Needle Instructions **** Same Day Free Shipping **** Will ship to Paypal confirmed address only Payment due in 7 days
 

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Columbia Minerva Windspun Quick Knitting Yarn, Greens, Lot Of 3
USD 15.99
 
Columbia Minerva Windspun yarn quick knitting weight lot of 3 Color:Greens (#4023) 1.75 oz (50 grams) each, yardage is not stated size 10 needles 2 = 7 sts x 10 rows 99% Solara acrylic, 1% nylon Made in USA Delicate machine wash Older stock, unused yarn I love to combine shipping for multiple items to save you on shipping. Items are shipped within 24 hours of cleared payment. Shipping charges include a small handling fee to help cover the cost of packing/mailing materials. Most traditional pay
 

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Lot Of 12 Unopened Packs Columbia-minerva Latch Hook Yarn
USD 15.00
 
junksale Store LOT OF 12 UNOPENED PACKS COLUMBIA-MINERVA LATCH HOOK YARN Please see pictures for details! Visit My eBay Store Add me to your Favorite Sellers We understand that sometimes life happens, so we will give you up to 7 days to pay or contact us before opening an unpaid item claim. We will gladly combine shipping, just ask for a quote! Please note our items are all purchased with the intent to resell. We will do our best to describe each item honestly, and point out any faults. Please
 

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Columbia-minerva Latch-a-rug Erica's Autumn Garden By Erica Wilson 34 X 24
USD 19.95
 
This is a really nice Columbia-Minerva brand latch hook kit by Erica Wilson 'Erica's Autumn Garden' #3576. When finished it will be 34 x 24. The kit is new in the package but the package is torn on the bottom. This kit contains full color design on 4-mesh 100% cotton rug canvas and easy to follow instructions. It does not contain yarn, latch hook and rug binding.It will be shipped to you FAST FREE in the USA!If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.
 

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1978 Columbia-minerva Owl Family 20 X 24 Crewel Kit Erica Wilson
USD 18.62
 
1978 Columbia-Minerva Owl Family 20 X 24 Crewel Kit Erica Wilson New Hello, for your consideration is a crewel kit of mother and two owlets in pine tree Details: Kit by Columbia-Minerva Titled: Owl Family # 7925 Dated 1978 Designed by Erica Wilson Crewel Picture kit measures 20 X 24 Kit contains: Stamped design on 100% cotton fabric, 100% wool and 100% Dacron polyester Persian-type yarns, 100% cotton embroidery thread, needle, easy-to-follow instructions Condition: New in sealed package Thank
 

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Vintage 1978 Columbia Minerva Needlepoint Tote Kit 9x9x3 Aran Plastic Canvas Nip
USD 14.99
 
maudietrude Store VINTAGE 1978 COLUMBIA MINERVA NEEDLEPOINT TOTE KIT 9x9x3 ARAN PLASTIC CANVAS NIP For sale is a new-in-package vintage Columbia-Minerva needlepoint tote kit from 1978. It is 9 x 9 x 3 ; designed by Joan Ray. This Aran Motif Tote kit includes FashionEase plastic canvas - no blocking to finish; acrylic yarn, needle, easy-to-follow instructions with design charts. Lining fabric not included. Thanks for looking, and feel free to email me with questions. If you buy more than one ite
 

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Lot 3 + Columbia-minerva Nantuk Sport Yarn Camel 2oz.
USD 24.99
 
Up for consideration is a Lot of 3 + Columbia-Minerva Nantuk Sport Yarn Camel any questions, please ask free shipping
 

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1991 Vintage Columbia Minerva Home Is Best Cross Stitch Kit With Frame
USD 12.99
 
New vintage 1991 Columbia Minerva cross stitch home is best with frame If you have any questions please ask Paypal only Shipping in the U.S only Thank you
 

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Vintage Needlepoint Kit Columbia Minerva, Still Life Picture, Grapes Silver Pot
USD 37.15
 
VINTAGE NEEDLEPOINT 1973 Columbia Minerva Still Life Picture 24 x 12 WOOL KIT TRADITIONAL Still Life Picture # 2308 Brand New!Posted with eBay Mobile
 

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Columbia Minerva Zuni Jar Floss Stitch Embroidery Kit 4x5 6629 1975 Vintage
USD 14.95
 
New In Package Vintage Columbia Minerva Zuni Jar Floss Stitch Embroidery Kit 4x5 #6629 1975 Item: Vintage Columbia-Minerva by The Bee Designs #6629 Zuni Jar Floss Stitch Embroidery Kit Description: This is a vintage Columbia-Minerva by The Bee Designs #6629 Zuni Jar Floss Stitch Embroidery Kit Finished size is 4 x 5 Model: Zuni Jar Brand: Columbia-Minerva by The Bee Designs Kit Number: 6629 Kit Contents: Kit contains stamped design on 100% linen fabric; 100% cotton embroidery thread; needle;
 

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Vintage Columbia Minerva Cattails & Black Eyed Susans E. Wilson Crewel Kit 1973
USD 16.99
 
New vintage Columbia Minerva creative crewel cattails blackeyed susan If you have any questions please ask Paypal only Shipping in the U.S only Thank you
 

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Columbia Minerva Mallards In Flight Crewel Stitchery Kit
USD 14.99
 
Columbia Minerva MALLARDS IN FLIGHT Crewel Stitchery Kit New in Sealed Package Kit # 7508 Kit Includes: Hand Screened Design on 70% Polyester/20% Cotton/10% Flax Linen Type Fabric*100% Cotton Embroidery Floss*100% Wool Crewel Yarn*Needle*Easy-to-Follow Instructions to Complete Design Framed Size with mat: 24 x 30 (frame and mat not Included)
 

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Vintage Columbia-minerva Crewel Kit strawberry Toaster Cover 7506
USD 14.99
 
NEW Vintage Columbia-Minerva Crewel Kit Strawberry Toaster Cover ~ 7506 NEW Vintage Columbia-Minerva Crewel Kit Strawberry Toaster Cover ~ 7506 This vintage (1975)Columbia-Minerva Crewel Kit was created by Erica Wilson. The package has never been opened however it does have a tear in it at the top right hand corner. It also is somewhat cloudy due to its age.The kit contains: Stamped design on 67% linen, 33 polyester durable press and soil release finish fabric; 100% Orlon acrylic yarn; needle
 

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