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« on: August 02, 2013 10:09:53 PM »

So I've been doing a TON of cross stitching lately and I've ended up with a size-able ball of leftover floss. When I need a color I will cut whatever length I need and then split it into thirds to use the two strands. Do people separate the floss and then cut it? Or if not, what do you do with the other 2/3 of the floss to keep it all separated and neat? I try to keep it so I can re-use it, but sometimes I'll forget what number it is and end up not being able to match it. What do you guys do to keep your scraps organized?
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2013 04:53:00 AM »

When I was doing more cross stitch, I always cut before separating and wound the cut pieces back into a flat bobbin.  Most of my floss is wound on those flat bobbins and stored in a small craft box.  I also tried to cut to a standard length in case I blended colors.

Alternatively, you could put each color into a different little Ziploc baggie and label with a Sharpie.
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2013 05:18:40 AM »

I cut before separating too. I have started using clothes pins to hold the extra pieces left over. I wrap the left over floss around the clothes pin.

Here's an example of what I am talking about. I keep the label with it so I know what color it is (I either write it on the pin or keep the wrapper)

http://craftgawker.com/post/2012/03/14/30246/
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2013 07:58:15 PM »

Thanks for the input! Today I found this: http://www.joann.com/floss-a-way-econo-pack-with-3-ring/prd11985/ and I bought it and some metal rings and I think I'm going to label a bag for each color I have and then put my scraps in that. Its nice and compact so as to not be a pain when traveling, which I do a lot. =]
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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2013 01:01:58 PM »

I have the flossaway things. they're awesome.
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