The SBQ question that I asked about needles was because I used this technique to organize my largest cross stitch project (126w x 157h stitches). I prethreaded 26 needles with all the colors I would need, stuck them in a bit of foam core (card stock over a core of styrofoam, available at most general craft stores), and labeled each one with the DMC number and the chart symbol.
Here is a closeup of a small section. Since I had to change colors after every few stitches, I think I would have gone mad without this system. And yet when you read the answers to this question, almost everyone said that they only ever use one needle at a time! Imagine threading and rethreading a needle after every few stitches. No wonder large projects are intimidating. I really hope to convince a few people that this system is a definite time saver. Not only because the needles are threaded, but also because you don't have to hunt around for the next color. They are all right there in front of you.
And here is the project that all these colors are for. It is called Victorian Wedding Remembrance from Stoney Creek, Our Special Day, Book 95. It is on 28 count white linen with all DMC threads. I am about 70% done. I still need to finish the last bit of cross stitching in the lower right hand corner and do all the backstitching (which is around everything in the picture except the green vegetation.) There are also some beads in the empty strip on the right and some lettering in the two open spaces in the middle.
Will I start working on this again soon? Nope. This is in a very large Q-snap frame. It is too large to hold in one hand, as I do for most of my smaller projects. I need a floor stand for this and my floor stand is all in pieces. I have all the wooden bits, but am missing the bolts to put the frame together. If I ever find them, I will probably try to finish this up.
I've been good about working on programming (instead of stitching) this weekend, but I have to say, if XML weren't so useful I would throw my computer across the room. I now know more about moving data from FileMaker to InDesign CS3 via XML and XSLT than anyone should have to know.