Tuesday, September 9, 2008

My Floss Boxes

The Pimp Stitch girls wanted to see how we store our embroidery floss so here are my three floss boxes. The top two are for DMC floss, which is labeled and in numerical order. (And, I swear nothing else in my life is as organized as those two boxes.)

My floss boxes

The bottom box is for everything else: extra DMC floss, unidentified floss, number stickers, buttons, bobbins, gold threads and beads.

floss box

Remember the floss bobbins you could make from Craft Chi? They're much nicer than the cardboard or plastic ones you get at the store. (I just realized I never notched mine on the sides. Oh well. They work fine.)

Extra floss

Sometime along the way, my mom gave me her stash of floss from her cross stitching days. She used to wind the leftovers around pieces of cardboard and paper. It's always fun to see which matchbook covers she used. The Hunts one has part of a recipe on the reverse side.

Floss and matchbook covers

I wish I had the other half of this one just to find out why we should know our pharmacist better.

Matchbook cover

If you want to see more floss boxes (and, who doesn't?), check out the Pimp Stitch Embroidery Gallery on Flickr. And, check out their embroidered buttons tutorial on the Pimp Stitch blog, complete with free patterns. (Hedgehog & owl alert!)

9 comments:

Brook said...

I store my floss the same way you do... but mine is not numerical... more by color...

lovestitches said...

I have four almost 4 boxes of threads but now I want a 5th box because that box of extras you have is such a great idea!

Jenny S said...

oh wow! your floss looks so lovely, it really puts mine to shame! I try to keep it organised but most the time its an unravelling jumble. xo

Smilingsal said...

I love organization!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Your boxes of floss are just like mine and same as you, it is the most organized thing I have. Right now I can't find the size 6 knitting needles and I can't find an afghan pattern I'm wanting. Why do my crafting supplies always hide from me? Have a great day! Twyla

billie said...

Mine are also in numerical order, that's about as orgnaized as I get!

Diane said...

Wow. I am super impressed at the organization of your floss. Guess that tells you that I'm not a serious embroidery gal. I want to be! Maybe I should start by unjumbling the three 8 inch balls of embroidery floss that I have...

Threeundertwo said...

I started using those floss sticks that you can slip into the skein without winding it. They're messy, and I don't like slipping them into plastic sleeves. When I have time I'm going to wind them on bobbins, so thank you for the link for the cute bobbins to download!

Lil_Birdie said...

I need to hang my head in shame... I don't write the floss numbers on my bobbins so I always have to guess at what color I am using . I also just realized after looking at your boxes that I put my bobbins facing the wrong way *oops*