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PostSubject: Thread organization.   Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:37 am

How do you guys keep your thread organized? I have mine in a baggie system. You put the thread in a small zip baggy and write the number on the white space and then thread the bag through 2 metal hoops. I have to large hoops that have all of my thread and then smaller hoops for the projects I'm working on. It’s a super easy way to keep everything together and fast when you need to find a certain color.

Its very similar to this except I use 2 rings so its easy to flip through and the writing is side ways: http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2497464340011855242cYOMOG
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PostSubject: Re: Thread organization.   Tue Sep 01, 2009 4:06 am

Wow, nifty... mine is sort of all mixed in one bag. XD I only try to keep the threads in the little papers they were sold in, so they don't tangle.
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PostSubject: Re: Thread organization.   Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:35 am

I was luck years ago to find these DMC boxes at a store!!
I was able to snag 2 of them!!(I wanted one more but she wouldn't ive it up) I'm only showing one.
I keep extra flosses(by 100's) in ziplock bags so I don't have to handle the flosses. I just move them around to find the number I need. I use storage floss boxes when I'm working on a project since I have cats the like to play with floss.

I store my adia/and finished projects in a basket but I want to change this system to PCV piping eventually so it can stay totally dust free until I can get them framed.

My sister says I own my personal store but I keep on putting in orders af floss I need...so I guess it is almost store like!! Smile



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PostSubject: Re: Thread organization.   Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:03 am

Mine aren't very organized atm. >.> I have an old make-up box my mom gave me that I cleaned out, then I've got the flosses that I've transfored to those little white things on some of the shelves, then all the others in the bottom. I'd like to get more little white things to put all of my floss on, sence they are much more compact, tangle less, and are easyer to find. Evenually when I have the money, I'll get more boxes and organize my floss better.
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PostSubject: Re: Thread organization.   Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:06 pm

I actually picked up where my mom left off so all of the floss that she bought and used since she was a teenager I now own. I've never been able to understand using the box system though. I mean you can't have one color per slot and when the thread gets to small to hold the wrappers it comes in how do you tell it apart from the others.
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PostSubject: Re: Thread organization.   Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:47 pm

My flosses are organized all by number that I either write on or you can get stickers for them.
I have never had a problem with the paper or plastic bobbins. When I get close to the end. I cut the thread in 1/2 and it still able to wrap in around the bobbins. When I need to find a colour in my storage box I can easily find it and pull it out.

My bleach sampler right now. I have the colours I use most ready on hand in the different slots. The colours I use less of are split into 2 strands and wrapped around separtely so I can easily take it off and just stitch. If the threads are too small to wrap around the bobbin then its usually too short to stitch with or I look for single stitches that needs to be done with the little thread left.

I have never had any problems with this method-- it works for me!

I would be rather afraid to use plastic bags..It would knot of me!!! I don't like to handle the threads too much....its gets that frayed look to it plus it stays cleaner on the bobbins because your not always handling the threads.
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PostSubject: Re: Thread organization.   Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:59 pm

Oh, this topic comes just in time Laughing I just stored my small collection of threads. It really is small, so it's quite easy to find something and I don't need something special ^^; I just put them in a box of chocolates, wrapped around papers, kinda like DawnMLC's
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PostSubject: Re: Thread organization.   Tue Sep 01, 2009 4:37 pm

I don't really have any organizational system, actually! I have a tupperware box full of thread that I've used on old projects that I dig through when I'm first starting something, to see what I have, and I have a couple of small boxes of standard colors in DMC and generic floss that I use for stitching sprites or smaller things. When I do work on bigger projects, though, I keep all of the just-found or freshly bought floss for that project in a sandwich bag, dumping it into the box of public domain threads. It is not the best system, but I haven't screwed it up too badly yet.
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PostSubject: Re: Thread organization.   Wed Sep 02, 2009 2:37 am

Hmmm I am just now realizing that everyone wraps their thread around bobbins. Honestly I think I am the only person still using the plastic bag system. I never have a problem with knotting though because I never take my thread out of the wrapper it comes in. I just pull from the end and cut what I need. Any left overs I have i just stick back in the bag but its only a single thread at a time so it wont knot with anything ether. When traveling I find it extremely easy to keep my thread together because its looped on those tiny rings and I only have to take what I'm using at that time. How do you keep your thread together when you travel?
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PostSubject: Re: Thread organization.   Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:31 am

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I never take my thread out of the wrapper it comes in. I just pull from the end and cut what I need.
That is what I meant, yeah. Also, I divide the 6-strings thread into two 3-strings and put the leftovers back.. ah, I need to get a photo of it.

I don't travel with my embroidery, I don't do it so often.
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PostSubject: Re: Thread organization.   Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:32 am

I never take my cross stitching when I travel. I did once and I didn't have time to do it anyways. LOL!
I live in a area where I do alot of camping and I'm afraid it will get dirty or wet too.
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PostSubject: Re: Thread organization.   Wed Sep 02, 2009 11:09 am

lol I don't think I would risk taking mine camping unless its a road trip then I would have to. But I usually just take it to friends houses when we are watching movies. It's so hard for me just to watch something and not do something else, I feel so unproductive.

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PostSubject: Re: Thread organization.   Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:04 pm

When I'm going somewhere with my thread I have a small box that I actually just put in the colors I need, and that way I have a less chance of losing them, and its easily pack-able Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Thread organization.   Thu Sep 03, 2009 5:58 pm

Here is how I store spare threads. It works fine. (The pic is taken on my tablet, btw.)
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PostSubject: Re: Thread organization.   Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:15 pm

I can't do that with my threads!!
I have 100's of colours in my collection!! It would be too unorganized for me!!
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PostSubject: Re: Thread organization.   Fri Sep 04, 2009 3:19 pm



The plastic box is about $4-5, the plastic cards to wrap the thread are $1.50, both at Michaels. Wrap the thread around the cards and write the number on the end of the card, then organize the box to your heart's content...mine are by number. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Thread organization.   Fri Sep 04, 2009 3:39 pm

It looks very good. You mean you wrap the threads on the cards manually? O_o

I have my dis-organization here:
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PostSubject: Re: Thread organization.   Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:13 am

I have about a thousand threads and would have to have tons of boxes just to hold them all. Hopefully I can take a picture of them soon. I keep all of my cross stitch supplies in a tri-level plastic shoe organizer that I never had enough shoes to fill. I have one drawer for aeda, one for thread, and one for everything else.

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PostSubject: Re: Thread organization.   Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:42 am

Yes, I do wrap them manually...but it is well worth the time and effort as I never again have to worry about threads getting tangled, knotted, or mixed up with each other. I also don't have to worry about damage done by sun or heat or dry air...which is something I have to be concerned with in SoCal. I would say that each box holds about 200 colors, and if they are organized you don't have to dig for anything, you would know exactly where to find whatever it is.
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PostSubject: Re: Thread organization.   Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:02 pm

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The plastic box is about $4-5, the plastic cards to wrap the thread are $1.50, both at Michaels. Wrap the thread around the cards and write the number on the end of the card, then organize the box to your heart's content...mine are by number. Very Happy
I had one of those, but I have so much thread now, I didn't have enough space. I need to buy three or four of them when I have the chance.
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PostSubject: Re: Thread organization.   Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:56 pm



I organize by colour since once I put the thread onto the plastic bobbins I don't keep track of what colour they are. Unless I'm doing a pattern that came in a kit with it's own thread I just use whatever colour I think suits it best even if I'm doing it out of a pattern book.

The section third from the left is where I put the threads I'm using on my current project, in this picture the threads are set up for the Deadpool bear. On the right side I have my needles and extra plastic bobbins and the right bottom has a bunch of left over thread from a kit for a pattern I made for my niece.

I'm also kinda weird when I do a pattern, I collect all the loose thread that I cut off from the pattern and put it in one of the empty boxes which I don't throw out until I'm done that particular project. I originally started doing it so I didn't have to carry around a garbage bag and now it's just habit.

All my aida cloth, patterns and completed projects that aren't currently framed I put in a plastic file folder, each thing having their own slot in the file folder. The box and file folder make it really easy to travel.
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PostSubject: Re: Thread organization.   Sat Oct 10, 2009 7:59 am

cheers I love this organization, I want these bobbins and box too. And a clever idea with the folder! I have everything on a pile. XD
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PostSubject: Re: Thread organization.   Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:22 am

Bleh. There really isn't any organization with my floss atm. I seriously need some. I need more bobbins at least so my thread doesn't tangle so easily X_x
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