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« on: January 15, 2011 02:56:34 PM »

I'm dipping my hand into may diffrent crafts and i need to get organized does any one have and ideas how I could? your threads/colors your patterns your crafts?

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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2011 09:08:52 PM »

For embroidery, I use two big bags and my floss boxes. I wind all the embroidery floss I purchase onto plastic bobbins (the ones in my username photo), then organize them in floss boxes by color. I don't cross stitch, so while I write the number of the thread on each bobbin I don't organize by number.

As for the bags, I use one bag as my project bag. All projects that I'm working on go in there, along with the floss colors I'm using, a pair of tweezers, and a pair of scissors. In the other bag I have all my extra supplies: fabric, hoops, patterns, and threads in skein form (silks and other delicate threads I don't want to wind onto bobbins). The two boxes of thread sit under this bag.
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2011 05:50:39 PM »

I use floss bobbins and write the color on them. I keep the bobbins together depending on what I need. For other floss, I have color coded boxes for different hues.

« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2011 12:06:25 PM »

I use a ringbinder with those clear plastic sleeves to organise my patterns.

I have one small box or bag for everything I need for my current project, and then have everything else sorted into plastic bags, folders and boxes.

But keeping it all organised is a constant challenge! Cheesy

« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2011 09:50:29 AM »

The binder idea is genius! I gotta try that when I get home. But then that make me want to index things too. Gotta keep myself FTP
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I'm a cross stitcher, so I have my floss (all DMC) organized by number. I keep them in the original skeins. I use sandwich baggies to group floss by 100s. If I have a lot of one color then it gets it's own baggie. When I start a project, I pull out the floss I need. I usually work on the couch, so I have a wicker basket on my coffee table where my pattern, hoop, floss, etc go. It's easy access and not too much of an eyesore.

Interesting side note... The iPhone autocorrect for "baggies" changes it to "maggots.". Quite different things!
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2011 06:21:34 PM »

I have my floss on cardboard bobbins that are labeled with the floss color number.  I keep the floss sorted by color groups in DMC storage boxes (or you an buy a bead box etc).  The boxes also have a larger section that leaves space for my needle packages and a small pair of scissors.  I have a photo storage box where I keep my extra floss, so when a bobbin runs out I can refill it.

I print most of my patterns off of the computer so I try to keep them marked as favorites on flickr or keep them in a special folder on my desktop.  I keep printed patterns and transfers in an accordion file sorted by designer.

I have just a small square gift box about 4" x 4" that I use when I am working on a project that holds bobbins of the colors I am using, a pair of scissors, and a pincushion for my needle.

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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2011 09:05:32 AM »

I use long floss holders that can be used to organize new floss or to to wrap old floss around. I like these better than the shorter ones mentioned in another post because you don't have to unwind thread to use them, and then you keep all thread, new or leftover organized the same way. There are numbered stickers you can buy, or you can use a sharpie to write on them, but I usually skip this because I prefer to organize by color.


I put them into binder inserts(they come in different sizes depending on your binder) and have an extra that I keep empty and then use for the project I'm currently working on.


I'm including links because I'm not very good at describing them :p This system works well for me because then I don't have to search through plastic bags to find the color I want, each one is displayed individually in its own pocket, but since it goes into binders it doesnt take up much space. It's really easy to just flip through and see all your pinks together, all your blues etc without having to pull them all out to compare.

Yes, I spent money on this system obviously but it wasn't a lot and to me its well worth it. Plus the stitchbow products are great because they all coordinate with their other organization products, and I'm a huge organization geek! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2011 09:54:41 AM »

I wrap all my thread on the cardboard DMC bobbins and organize them in the thread boxes (I do both cross stich and embroidery, so I organize by number).  The only thing I do differently than a lot of people is that I have a 5 star type binder for my current project.  I put the floss bobbins I need in it using a coin collector sheet (it's clear plactic with square pockets the perfect size for a bobbin) then I use the binder's other pockets for scissors, needles, etc.  I keep all the things aren't thread or a current project in baskets on a bookshelf.

Good luck!!
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2011 02:57:12 AM »

I am a cross-stitcher and have tried several techniques for organizing my floss.  I have tried the special DMC binders, but I am not a fan as the number slips fall off too easy.  I used the plastic bobbins to wind my thread around and then I label the bobbins by number.  I organize them by number into a bobbin box which you can buy at any craft store or in a tackle box which is sometimes cheaper and looks just like the bobbin box. 

For patterns, there are two good ways.  You can buy some plastic sheet covers, like students use for notes and put one pattern in each sheet and then put them in a three ring binder, this works good for patterns printed off the computer.  Or you can keep then thicker patterns you have bought in a file box.  And organize them by designer or whatever.  Hope this helps.
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2011 02:59:40 PM »

I'm a broke-ass college student, so all of my organizational tools are free of from the thrift shop! XD

-I keep all of my embroidery stuff in a big-ish cardboard box. i'm going to paint the box when I get the time/inspiration
-All of my hoops and fabric are stacked and folded at the bottom of the box
-I have a pretty cigar box that a friend gave to me, and I keep all of my floss and needles in it. I don't like keeping my floss in the original packing, because I'm picky, so I keep it wound on little squares of cardboard I cut out.
-I also keep my current project in a big plastic ziplock bag. That way I don't lose what I'm working on, and I can drag it around with me to school, work, etc. I keep the fabric I'm working on, a hoop or two, all the flosses I need for the project, usually the original sketch/design/pattern the work is based on, needles, etc in the bag. I also mark it with my name and number in case I lose it.

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« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2011 04:35:32 PM »

I am finally actually getting organized. I had everything in one plastic Target bag, but it got to be too much. I went out and got a bobbin organizer from Freecycle (with bobbins!) and I am going to organize everything by projects in there.

I am trying to keep it all to one canvas bag so it is easy to take it with me to my various meetups!
« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2011 03:38:09 PM »

I keep my floss on the plastic holders in a box. I also have a Google Document of all of my floss colors so when I am at the store I can look at my phone. This has saved me several trips back to the store.

« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2012 12:08:04 PM »

I have been working on Teesha Moore inspired patches, which require No. 5 and regular embroidery floss. I have not figured out what organization system I like best, but I do have some things figured out. Teesha just keeps her thread in a tangle and pulls out what she wants, then cuts it off  Cheesy That is way too "free style" for me. I don't really need to keep track of the numbers because I don't do cross-stitch, but I do like to keep the numbers with the floss. I bought a bunch of No 5 and 8 floss at a thrift store and I use that for my patches, most of it does not have numbers attached any more. As I buy more floss, I need a storage solution. The thing I don't like about the bobbins is that the floss gets creased and I am not going to iron or dampen my floss before I use it as some people have suggested.
I was thinking that I would like an oval or spool system instead of flat cardboard or plastic bobbins.
How do you handle the creases. Is it a problem for you?

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« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2012 09:20:15 PM »

Have you seen those DMC Stitchbow things?  They might crease the floss a bit, but since they are longer perhaps it might not be as much of an issue? 

If worst comes to worst, have you thought of trying sewing machine bobbins and winding your spare floss on those?  If not, maybe buy a larger dowel, cut it into smaller more manageable segments, notch the top to hold the tail, and wind floss onto one of those.  Or maybe even cut up an empty paper towel tube or toilet paper tube?

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« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2012 02:47:33 PM »

thanks for the reply.
I wound my No. 5 thread around empty pill bottles. The cap keeps the end from unravelling and I put the number band inside the bottle. You can also keep needles or extra floss in there. But these took a long time to roll 20 skeins and I have a lot more than 20 of the regular floss. I bought some stitchbows to try. They look like a good idea.
I found some floss at a thrift shop. The previous owner had cut the floss into about 18 inch hanks. I put those onto 1-inch plastic rings that I had in my stash. That works pretty well, but looks messy and it is difficult to carry around a lot of floss that way. It seems there are flaws to every system.

I didn't think of sewing machine bobbins. I could wind them on my sewing machine and they wouldn't take that long to do. I will have to try that. I wonder whether one bobbin would hold a whole skein.

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« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2012 07:55:44 PM »

It's the classic card organizational method but it works for me.

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