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« on: November 29, 2013 05:10:41 PM »

I'm amassing a huge collection of embroidery floss.  I don't think I have ALL the colors, but I have a lot of them.  I'm winding them on cardboard bobbins, which I put in a smallish plastic tote.  But my collection is now too big to fit in the tote, and I need to either get a bigger tote or expand into multiple containers.  How do you organize a large collection of floss?  Do you keep it in one container?  Is it organized by color?  By number?   Interested to know what you do.  How do you organize each project and its floss?  Do you have a special container to hold them, or do you just pile them on your workspace (like I do  Tongue )?
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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2013 05:46:13 PM »

ha! As I was going through my stitching stuff and trying to organize, I thought, hey, I wonder how everyone else does this??

I have probably about 10 or so on those plastic bobbins and then on a metal ring. However, I stopped putting them on those plastic things because whenever I would try and unravel the skeins I would end up with the biggest knots. Knot worth it  Wink

Now I just have them in a plastic bag in their skeins....hoping someone has a super awesome solution!
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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2013 06:16:41 PM »

hoping someone has a super awesome solution!

Me, too!   Shocked
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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2013 07:04:09 AM »

I use clothespins to organize my floss. I wrap the floss around the pin and then either write on or keep the color tag so I know what color I am looking for. I keep them in a old candy box.

For floss I am not  using, I have little plastic containers and separate them by color. Each color has it's own box.
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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2013 07:05:38 AM »


For floss I am not  using, I have little plastic containers and separate them by color. Each color has it's own box.

I think I'll need to do that!  Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2013 07:08:27 AM »

It helps out a lot when I'm looking for a color, especially with embroidery when I don't need a specific number but just a color.
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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2013 08:05:59 AM »

I just saw these adorable animal themed cardboard thingys to wrap the floss around on Pinterest!  Much more interesting than the usual white boring cardboard ones.
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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2013 09:50:20 AM »

I cut my bobbins from old cracker boxes, because I'm a cheapskate!   Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2013 11:31:33 PM »

I have multiple bobbin boxes, but I got smart and bought them all at once when they were on sale so they are the same brand and they stack.  They also fit into those big plastic Rubbermaid totes with other stitching stuff!
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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2013 06:33:49 AM »

I'm debating on whether to un-cheapskate and buy matching boxes, or to use what mismatched boxes I have....  Tongue Roll Eyes  Maybe I'll organize into existing boxes to see how many matching boxes I might need.....
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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2013 07:32:40 PM »

I have mine in a binder.  I have plastic bobbins that I have the thread wrapped around and then placed them into a plastic business card protector (like page protectors).

I have also used a big box.  I can't seem to keep them organized for too long while I'm stitching.

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p.s. I really like the idea of cutting bobbins from boxes around the house!  Thanks!
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« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2013 01:14:12 PM »

I'm debating on whether to un-cheapskate and buy matching boxes, or to use what mismatched boxes I have....  Tongue Roll Eyes  Maybe I'll organize into existing boxes to see how many matching boxes I might need.....



If you have existing boxes, play with stacking them before filling, I bet you could get a steady enough stack and that way you don't have to keep moving floss if one box disagrees with another if you want them in order.  Also throw a number on them with a label maker so you know which is which. 

I do that with my beads.
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« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2013 09:50:21 PM »

When my floss collection was small, I wound floss onto bobbins and stored them in one of those floss bobbin cases. When I started stitching more, I found that I hated that the bobbins made the floss kinky.

As my collection grew, I started storing my skeins individually (by color) in snack-sized zip top baggies. I don't like wasting floss, and the baggies made it easy to keep extra, unused threads clean and with the rest of the skein so I can find them easily.

For the floss I use for my shop kits, I keep my stock stored by color in larger zip top baggies in a plastic storage bin meant for scrapbook projects. I like the scrapbook project boxes because they make it easy to see what is inside and they stack easily/neatly. I store my in-progress project supplies in the scrapbook project boxes too. I usually have at least 3-4 projects going at a time, so it's nice to have everything I need for an individual project all together and ready to grab or take on-the-go if necessary. Here's an example: http://www.flickr.com/photos/actsofcraftiness/9241204363/in/photostream/

For the floss I use myself on a regular basis (partially used skeins), I keep the baggies on a metal ring. For the floss I have just to have/for possible future projects, I store the skeins together by number ranges (100s together, 200s together, 300s together, etc.).
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« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2013 08:06:37 AM »

OMG-that is brilliant. I am so doing that.
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« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2013 09:44:38 AM »

Thanks for the ideas!   Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2013 08:56:49 AM »

I use the cardboard bobbins and have 2 floss boxes. I arrange them in vague colour groups, and write the DMC/Anchor number on the bobbin. It gets a bit messy when I have lots of spare 2-stranded bits though.
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« Reply #16 on: December 11, 2013 07:14:15 AM »

I was able to fit all of mine into three boxes; one of reds-yellows, one of blues-greens, and one of neutrals and flesh tones.  Seems to be working.  Smiley

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« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2014 11:06:22 PM »

I'm not sure if those goes here. I have an app I just bought for my iPhone and it is called xstitcher. It is made by coffee shop works and is a great app for a stock list, shopping list and WIP section. I am in no way affiliated with them just bought it and love it.

I keep my floss on bobbins and in clear boxes. I put those in my vintage train case. My project fits on there well and it's easy to transport to my store with me.
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« Reply #18 on: January 21, 2014 07:55:49 AM »

I need to check that app out! It sounds very cool.
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« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2014 05:30:06 PM »

I'm not sure if those goes here. I have an app I just bought for my iPhone and it is called xstitcher. It is made by coffee shop works and is a great app for a stock list, shopping list and WIP section. I am in no way affiliated with them just bought it and love it.

I keep my floss on bobbins and in clear boxes. I put those in my vintage train case. My project fits on there well and it's easy to transport to my store with me.
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You are awesome!  I am so downloading it!
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I'm not sure if those goes here. I have an app I just bought for my iPhone and it is called xstitcher. It is made by coffee shop works and is a great app for a stock list, shopping list and WIP section. I am in no way affiliated with them just bought it and love it.

I keep my floss on bobbins and in clear boxes. I put those in my vintage train case. My project fits on there well and it's easy to transport to my store with me.
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Hmm . . . I'm going to check it out too. It will take me forever to get all my inventory loaded up, but it would be nice to have all that info at my fingertips afterward.
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« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2014 01:12:29 PM »

I prefer the Floss Away bags for storing my floss. (http://www.joann.com/floss-a-way-econo-pack-100-bags/9847393.html).


I have found that after a few months of being on bobbins, the floss has a tendency to develop kinks that create huge problems later on. I then have to use a Floss Friend (http://www.nordicneedle.com/prod/6997.html) in order to ensure that this does not happen. This was one of the many lessons I learned from stitching on HAEDs. (https://www.heavenandearthdesigns.com/).


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« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2014 04:37:12 PM »

I've had good luck with that thread heaven against kinks too!
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I'm not sure if those goes here. I have an app I just bought for my iPhone and it is called xstitcher. It is made by coffee shop works and is a great app for a stock list, shopping list and WIP section. I am in no way affiliated with them just bought it and love it.

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You are awesome!  I am so downloading it!



Hope you guys found the app useful.  My fav part is the shopping list. It makes it so easy to see what you do have and don't.
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« Reply #24 on: April 18, 2014 09:33:48 AM »

I have a HUGE stash I've built up over 20 years and never wound my floss onto bobbins but have started to. I got tired of all the tangled skeins in bags and bits of thread getting lost. I'm not too fussed about the kinks, I'd rather that than all the knots when unwinding from the skein. I use large zip lock bags to organise by numbers and half of my stash fits into a 5 draw stacked container, but even that is crowded. I'm trying to find a better solution but with limited storage space it's hard.
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« Reply #25 on: September 29, 2014 09:56:24 AM »

I think I've been through almost all the ways of organizing one's floss. I've done the bag system for a while and it worked out for the most part. The bags took up too much room once they were all full. I recently switched over to the clothespin system and I just love it. I have them in an old suitcase along with my other stitching notions and it's great. They don't get tangled! Also, I guess it depends on what kind of space/case you are working with.
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« Reply #26 on: September 29, 2014 09:58:13 AM »

I like the clothespin method too. I just have to remember to do it.  Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: October 07, 2014 12:47:13 PM »

I am way too lazy to wind floss on bobbins or anything... Mine is all stored in a zipper bag and I take out what I need for a specific project and move those skeins to my travel embroidery case where I keep my needles and other stuff.

I like the idea of the snack baggies or the Floss-A-Way.
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