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For those out there who embroider

How do you organize your floss?

I've been picking up the clutter in my sewing room in preparation for settling in to make lots and lots and lots of buttonholes.  As you may have noticed in the past, my "picking up clutter" projects tend to get out of hand quickly.  This one metamorphosed into clearing off a set of shelves that I'm thinking about getting rid of so that I can keep the rigid heddle loom set up all the time (okay, and because I'm thinking it would be a fabulous place to put a jack loom.)  That brought me face to face with the embroidery "stuff" on that set of shelves that I oh, so carefully avoided when I purged the room last time.

I have lots and lots of embroidery floss - lots of it loose skeins in a bag that I never worked up the ambition to wind onto bobbins.  Because I HATE winding floss onto bobbins, and honestly it never worked well for me anyhow.  I've looked at Stitch Bows, and I love the idea of not having to wind them, but there doesn't seem to be a good way to store those either - the books seem bulky, awkward, and problematic.

So, how are people practically storing/organizing embroidery floss?  What actually works?  Anyone have any thoughts?  I need to get that corner under control.

And I need to sew a lot of buttonholes.  Sadly, no one can help me with that...

Comments

isabeau_lark
Mar. 7th, 2013 04:59 am (UTC)
It depends on what kind of floss it is and how it comes when bought. When I had a big project with lots of DMC, I wound it onto cards. For my silk, it comes on large cards and I have a box where they all fit vertically for easy access to colors.