Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tip of the Morning Tuesday~Storing Embroidery Floss

There are several ways to store embroidery floss and perle cotton:

  •  You can wrap the floss around those flat cardboard or plastic spools that you can buy at the store or make yourself.
  •  You can use old thread spools to wrap your floss around. I have been wrapping my floss for decades around old thread spools. 
  • You can use clothespins, both the old fashioned style without the springs or the ones with the springs as pictured below. The advantage of the springs is that you have a place to pinch the starting and stopping thread places. 
  • You can use those larger pieces of cardboard or plastic with the large holes that you can loop a bunch of floss through, but I find that those kind of holders where the floss is just hanging, tends to get the floss all tangled up.
Some ways to store embroidery floss.
I then place all of these into a latched box. So how do you store your embroidery floss?

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9 comments:

  1. you shared some great ideas! thanks! I store my floss in small little bags. they are made to hold floss. so many times I have thread left over. enough to save. so the bags work well for me.

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  2. I tend to use the flat plastic cards as I have a couple of storage boxes that they fit into very nicely, but I aslo like the peg idea.

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  3. I used to do a lot of counted cross-stitch and have a fishing tackle box that perfectly holds the floss on the plastic cards. Thanks for sharing.
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  4. I use the plastic cards too and store them in the biggest box for them. Last year I bought the whole collection of DMC thread colours all at once. I still have lots just sitting in a bag. I have three boxes done so far. I do like the peg idea. I read once that if you are a real perfectionist with your cross stitch that the plastic cards make kinks in the thread that show up in your stitching. I never look that close.
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  5. I too use the store bought bobbins. But in a pinch I have cut my own from cardboard to match the size of the bobbin that fits in the box I have. I have 4 boxes full and not have started another one for decorative thread. Metallic and glittery ones. I inherited some of my grandmother's floss and she stored hers on bits of cardboard, thread spools and even old paper matchbook covers. Make do with what you have, was her motto.

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  6. I love the clothes pin one unfortunately they only make plastic ones these days.

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