What kind of thread is it, blossom? If it breaks down into strands as thin as embroidery thread and lies flat when you stitch with it, then yes you can use it - however you probably won't get a perfect colour match so would be better sticking with a pattern that didn't involve subtle colour changes. I'm all for using up odds and ends, though!
If you're looking for something small to do whilst you wait for me to get my arse in gear (), why not do a card or a small kit? There are some nice designs here but note that they are chart only. Possibly use your chinese threads to complete one of these?
This site , if you can get past the lousy site design, has some good starter kits too, and very reasonably priced.
Yes blossom, it does mean buying your own threads, fabric and needle too - best site for that is sewandso - even taking into account p&p it's probably no more expensive than buying the actual kit. Sewandso only charge postage at cost - they're a really good site too. Alternatively, if you tell me what you need I can probably sort it out for you and send it on - I carry a fair bit of stock!
How are you?? i took the plunge the other day and brought some fabric and a pattern with letters and nursery designs. used my old threads and i've made something with DD's name and date of birth!!! just don't know what to with it now!!