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?