ON HOW I STORE MY FLOSS.
My floss was stashed here & there, in boxes,
on rings, in bags. I disliked the rings because it
would not hold all of my floss. It was bulky,
often the floss got caught on the rings when it was
opened. It was a pain to take off those threads to get to
the one you needed. I even tried putting the threads
in bags & then on the rings. And when I placed them on
the large rings in order of color & not the number - well
I couldnt find what I was looking for. This great idea
did not work for me. So I have spent alot of time trying
to get my sewing area organized. I am far from being
finished - but I did get my floss organized. After months
of trying different boxes or places of where to store it all -
I finally came up with an idea
that works for me - & possibly it could work for you!
Who likes to wind floss on those bobbins? Not me.
These photos are what the top half of my sewing table
looks like. However it is far from being finished & I just cannot
bring myself to take a photo of the rest of the room just yet.
Its too messy!
I invested in these zip-lock SNACK size plastic bags. To be
precise - I bought at least 8 of these. They are the perfect size
for storing your floss. Also get you lots of index cards that
you can cut to fit inside the small bags. On the index cards
write down the floss number in one of the corners. My numbers
are on the upper right hand side.
Next, use your plastic see-through scrapbooking boxes!
Look - I even show you the sticker thats on top of the plastic
box - so you can be sure to get the perfect size. Now
fix the boxes to where you have 2 rows inside. Each row
holds about 30 bags - that means according to how much
floss is in each bag - you can store at least 60 floss bags
in each plastic box. As you can see I have 12 of these
scrapbooking boxes. 8 boxes holds my DMC floss. The other
4 boxes hold more DMC floss like the linen, satin & variegated
threads. The last box is literally empty - but I am sure eventually
I will have more floss to put inside.
On the left side - the 3 small plastic boxes with the purple lids
hold other floss like
some anchor, some coats & clark, & some floss
that is left over from kits. On the far right side of the shelf are
some small plastic boxes that stack on top of each other. This is
where I store those rings, needles & other things belonging
to cross stitch. That entire shelf is devoted to only cross stitch
threads. I even took some legal size manilla folders & cut
them long enough to make dividers inside each of the boxes. That
divider doesnt have to be made of thick cardboard.
Now these scrapbooking boxes also have carts with wheels on
them that store these plastic boxes. That would be a great
way to travel with your floss. Just make sure that these boxe sizes
fit inside that cart & then you are good to go! In fact, if you need to
you can permanetly store your floss in that cart. It would take less room
to store everything in that cart then it would be to store it all
on the shelves. At one time I remembered I priced that cart
& if I am not mistaken I believe the cart & about 6 plastic
boxes that go with it - sell for about $50. But do not quote me
on that price. I am so happy that ALL OF MY FLOSS is stored
where I can find it! The only thing left for me to do now is to number
the outside of the boxes. At this point I do not know how
I want to do that. No more winding floss for me anymore!
This system holds all of my floss.
I do hope that you really do look at this idea. I am sure that you
will like it.
Enjoy your weekend. Happy Stitching!