Do you have tons of embroidery floss for all of those projects you’ve got cooked up? Maybe you just love palettes, like I do, and buy floss for those projects you have yet to dream up? I asked around to see how people organize their embroidery floss on my Facebook page last week and got all kinds of fun answers. Today, I am going to show you how I manage all the embroidery floss I have (at last count, I have about 185 skeins. Yeah, it’s that bad).
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Embroidery thread (this is a good place to start)*
- Sandwich sized plastic bags*
- Patience (sorry, they don’t sell this in stores)
Unravel your embroidery floss.
Grab your skein, that’s what these floss things are called (also known as floss tube, embroidery floss or embroidery thread) and unravel them. There’s a way to do it!
See how there’s two snipped ends? I’m a bit of a risk taker, and I gently pull on one of them. One leads to the right way to unravel your skein, and the other leads to knotty destruction. This is why I say pull gently. If you whip the thread out and you’ve “chosen the wrong door” so to speak, you’ve started off on the wrong foot and will have a mess before you know it.
Quick tip: If you want to keep track of which color is which, write it in pencil on the clothespin. I use pencil, so I can reuse the clothespin with another color.
With one hand, hold on to the clothespin, with the other, grab the end of the floss and place it on the metal part of the clothespin. Use your pointer finger to hold the floss down as you wrap. It doesn’t matter which way you wrap it, forwards or backwards, towards you or away from you. I prefer to wrap it away from me.
Quick tip: Move the clothespin as you wrap back and forth to get an even distribution of floss.
Gently press the ends of the clothespin to open the pinchers. Place the last bit of floss in the center of the open pinchers to secure it and close. Voila! Done.
For those of you working on a project.
I use sandwich plastic baggies to hold each palette that I am working on at any given time. This particular palette is for the mason jar design that I am working on. I keep all of my wrapped floss and scissors in this bag. When I need to work on this particular hoop, I don’t have to go hunting for a list of numbers, I just grab my bag and go. Pretty simple.
I still have a long way to go to wrap 185 skeins. But here’s where I’m at. I store my clothespins in a pretty basket (from a gift I received a while back – we’re upcycling!) for now. I do have this basket in my cart though, for when my current one gets filled. Come on, you know it’s not that far off! I was also thinking that a photo box, could work. It’s all about trial and error and what works for you!
You’ll notice that there are some clothespins with skein color numbers written in pen. Trial and error, people. Trial and error. Trust me, go with pencil.
Quick tip: You can store these in baskets by color family. My goal is ROYGBIV. Remember that from school? R-Red, O-Orange, Y-Yellow, G-Green, B-Blue, I-Indigo, V-Violet. I’ll add neutrals though, in a separate box (white, brown, grey, etc).
And that’s it! How do you organize and store your embroidery floss? I would love to hear it!
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