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Topic: I made a DMC color guide to help me when shopping for new floss  (Read 787 times)
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« on: July 20, 2008 12:22:22 PM »

Once I started to accumulate more DMC embroidery floss, I began keeping a list of the floss I owned tucked in my purse.  It is organized by color group with a list of the numbers I have.  But this hasn't been very helpful when shopping for new colors.  For example, I pick up a blue skein that catches my eye.  But then I have to consult my list that has all the blue color numbers that I already own.  I want to make sure I'm not buying a duplicate or buying one that is nearly identical to one I alrady have.  I have to find each blue skein on the shelf and compare it to the new blue skein I want to purchase.  This is time consuming since I have almost 20 blue skeins.   

So I decided to make my own floss color guide.  I took two standard sheets of white printer paper and folded them both in fourths.  I tucked one inside the other and had an 8 page booklet.  Then I sewed a double running stitch down the middle.  The cover and back cover are completely blank, but the inside six pages are brightly colored and organized.  It will be so much easier the next time I buy floss.  It will only take seconds to compare the new floss against all the other ones I own.  YAY.

It took me a little over an hour to put the booklet together.  Does anyone else do anything like this?  Or does everyone has have a devil-may-care attitude  Cheesy and just happily shops for floss and doesn't care if they bring home a duplicate or something practically the same as a floss they already had?


« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2008 04:56:21 PM »

Wow girl....you are WAY more organized than I am!!!

I was off to save the world....until I was distracted by something shiny.
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2008 05:49:02 PM »

I just use the color family chart DMC provides on the website. But, yes, it does require lots of checking and double-checking.

Good idea.

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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2008 08:49:40 PM »

Wow! You are totally organized! It puts my plastic bags to shame Cheesy

« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2008 08:53:46 AM »

Kittykill, I still store all my DMC floss in plastic bags, I have a bag for each color family.  I use the quart size "ziploc" bags.   

As for the organized part, it really does help when shopping for new floss.  I happened to be out this morning running errands and was able to pop into hobby lobby.  It was soooo quick to pick out the flosses I liked and compare it my floss samples in my booklet.  A few new ones came home with me and the other flosses got put back on the shelf.  Plus there is still room in my booklet for me to write in my new numbers and tape a little sample.

It makes a good lazy Sunday project  Wink

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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2008 02:35:49 PM »

What a good idea.

I am addicted to ziploc bags too! Wink

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