Organize Your Embroidery Flosscomments (11) September 10th, 2008
Embroidery floss is a beautiful thing. . . so many colors. . . so much possibility! And as far as craft supplies go, these days it's cheap, usually 39 cents a skein and often on sale four or five for a dollar. When it is on sale, I stock up like mad. Which means I have a LOT of floss. It builds up in shopping bags and boxes floating all around my house. I go to my desk. . . floss. Junk drawer. . . floss. Bedside table. . . floss.
It gets out of hand and I need to organize. Here's my tried-and-true method of keeping my floss in line.
- A box
- Foamcore board
- Cutting tool
- Self-healing mat
- Small jewelery-sized zipper bags (I used 3 x 4-inch-sized bags)
- Permanent marker
Now! Get to organizing!
Find a box. I found the box I used at the Container Store, but you can use any sort of box you have on hand. I've found that a somewhat shallow box works best. The box I used is a document box measuring 12-1/4 x 17-1/4 x 3-3/8 inches.
If you don't know the measurements of your box, measure it and decide if you want your dividers to go lengthwise or widthwise. I went with widthwise.
Using your ruler, cutting tool, and self-healing mat, cut your foamcore board to fit your box. I cut mine 11-3/4 inches long and 3 inches high.
Set the box on its side, and put a few books on top of it to ensure that the dividers stick to all sides of the box.
Let the glue dry, then move on to the floss!
Organize the floss
Most floss companies have numbers that correspond with their colors. DMC is the brand you'll find in most craft stores. Since the brand is so common, their numbers are the ones you'll find in most projects when suggesting colors.
Once your skeins of floss are in their numbered bags, you can put everything in place. I put everything in the box by color, then by number. It makes it easy to find the colors that are near each other when planning a project.