I was a bit dismayed with sorting the threads. Distinguishing colors can be challenging and having enough cards to use one hole per color would be nice. You have to write your own color codes on the lines. I added the symbol too since the patterns are all by symbol. The patterns are not difficult but are easier to use if you can enlarge with a scanner or copier. I've only had time to stitch three so far but they are darling. I will make usable stockings instead of the strictly ornamental per the directions. I pre cut all the aida cloth first to be sure I had enough. I hope I have enough of each thread color. I'm quite frugal with my thread but it might be difficult to get a match if you run out. The order shipped quickly and I was pleased with the service. Happy Stitching!