You know the feeling, pulling out those skeins of embroidery floss from your craft store shopping bag..like delicious bits of candy full of possibilities. So what's next? In a heartbeat, they will turn into tangled bits of craziness..so you'd better get organized before you start stitching! I know, I'm a downer, but you'll thank me later!
Before we start, I must show you the Porsche of DMC floss holders I came across first. Lordy, lordy, as my Grandmother would say.
But if you don't want your sewing space to look like your own personal Michaels then here are a few alternatives:
This is called the "Floss-A-Way" which keeps your floss tidy in glorified ziploc bags that hook onto a ring.
PROS: Inexpensive, easy to use. Quick access from wide zip-close opening. White "write-on area" for color numbers.
CONS: Although the bags are small, they can get bulky if there are a large number on the ring. Doesn't seem like a good long-term solution.
The Stitch Bow Floss Holder from DMC is another way to keep your floss in line. You stretch a skein on each of the floss holders and unwind floss as you need it. There are special binders that hold the plastic doohickeys, too.
PROS: Looks like the perfect tool for lazies like me. Plop it on there, no winding necessary. Inexpensive. They claim that the "patented design of the Stitch Bow floss holder allows you to keep the original shape and fullness of the all-natural DMC skein when storing it." Quite the infomercial, no?
CONS: Awkward shape for storage unless you invest in their binders, as well. And what about the little bits of thread you have left over? I'm not sure they would be able to wind around it.
PROS: Looks very impressive, indeed. Makes it easier to separate strands. Relatively inexpensive. Handy strips slip in for color numbering.
CONS: This wouldn't last a second in my house. I would have to hide it away to prevent it from being used as an impromptu bridal veil or dress-up hair by little hands. Even though they are cinched, I think they would be easily tangled, too.
This one will probably always be my personal favorite. The good 'ol floss box with plastic or cardboard bobbins you wind your floss on. When it's all tidy, it looks like an artist's palette...just waiting to create!
PROS: Inexpensive. Takes up a small amount of space. Can be rearranged easily by color or number. Mine has a little space on the side for needles and small sewing scissors. When it's not so tidy, you can still shut the lid and walk away!
CONS: If bobbins are on their side, it's hard to read the numbers. That's about all I can come up with.
These are just a few different options for storing thread. We'd love to see your floss keepers! Post them to the Flickr group, leave a comment here and we'll do a special freebie giveaway next week. Thanks for reading!