I’ve been cleaning and tidying in my craft room lately. Somehow I work much better when there is some order! I have a lot of supplies in there so I need some kind of system for knowing where things are when I change projects and materials so often.
Lately I’ve been doing a lot of sewing, but I used to mostly stitch by hand. I have a collection of embroidery and cross stitch projects that I made before I had kids. All those projects required a collection of threads so I thought I’d share how I store those.
Embroidery threads come in little bunches called skeins. Each one has a number to identify the colour. Patterns usually include a list of numbers for the colours required in that project.
At some point I decided to buy all DMC threads. At the time most patterns came with a list of thread colours in DMC or Anchor threads. By sticking with one type of thread, I could easily check which threads I already had when I started a new pattern and only buy the ones I didn’t have already.
The skeins quickly get messy once you start using the threads, so I transfer my threads onto small cards. I wrote the number for each one on the cards too. Then I stored them in a couple of boxes. I would have bought mine at Lincraft or Spotlight, and I have still seen them around. I think mine came with some cards but I also bought extras as I needed them.
Now I have two boxes of threads in just about any colour I could ever want! Storing them this way makes them easy to find and easy to put away.
How do you store threads? Any tips?
Tonya is the voice behind TheCraftyMummy.com. She dabbles in lots of different crafts – patchwork, quilting, cross-stitch, scrapbooking, knitting, crochet and sewing. She also writes about blogging and social media.
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