Friday, February 1, 2013

My Embroidery Thread Is Seriously Out of Hand.

I use a lot of embroidery thread. I'm not too happy with how I store and organize it though. It's all a bit of a mess.

Back in my cross stitch days (years ago) I had a container all organized like this, actually I think I had 2.
I think I was more anal back in the day than I am now. I don't know about you but I hate (hate is such a strong word!) o.k. very much dislike winding all those freaking bobbins. It's so annoying! But oh doesn't it look pretty? Maybe the bobbin fairy will come and wind for me? I have 2 of these bins but I use them for other things instead of floss.

DMC makes these binder pages with long plastic bobbins. I bought some and didn't like them but I thought the binder idea was great. I love to organize things in binders.

Wrapping your thread round old clothes pins is cute and colorful. I've seen thread wrapped around old wooden spools too. People put them in glass jars and they are pretty and stuff, but again all that winding!

Here's how I currently keep mine. In an old holiday cookie tin. A jumbled mess. Nice huh? Can you imagine winding all of this? Maybe I should have a winding party?

In that mess I have whole and partial skeins of DMC and other brands.

Mixed in with all of that I do have some wound bobbins.

I have a little fabric basket a friend made for me that I store all my bits of smaller pieces in. Waste not want not! I really need to go through this soon. I also have a shoebox sized plastic bin that holds my overflow thread.

I'm going to take some time this weekend and take care of this mess.


.....Elizabeth..... Polka Dot Skies said...

I save all my extra pieces too! I do have a plastic bin like the one in the top photo. But if I am in a hurry, I don't put them back when I finish. I have lots of them in a pretty little bowl.

Cynthia Myers said...

omg. that gives me a headache looking at it. I'd just stick a lid on it.
Good Luck!

Mary Ann said...

I had my thread in two cookie tins:) I bought three of those plastic thread boxes on sale and wound all the tread while watching TV. It looks so pretty now.


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