Sunday, March 7, 2010

Mr March

Mr March is one of my favorites!  Here he is making his debut:

I've been looking for an opportunity to use the great selvedge/close to selvedge part of the Rouenneries fabric.

So I'm sort of ashamed to show this, but my embroidery thread is in such a mess.  I have a bunch of it from when I was in middle school and from my high school babysitting days when I made friendship bracelets and I have some from my grandmother that she passed on to me.  It is such a mess! I haven't figured out how to organize it yet, but this shoe box is getting ridiculous. 
 

How do you store your embroidery floss??

16 comments:

Marsha said...

I store my embroidery floss in zip lock bags and organize it by number. For mine, I put all the white floss together, all the 100's together, etc. That way when I'm doing cross stitch, I just grab the bag and look through a smaller group to find the color the pattern calls for. My Mom uses the bags but she has multiple skeins of each color so she puts each color in a separate bag and then uses key rings to organize the groups of bags together.

I love Mr March. I still have to start on mine but need to get this wedding gift quilt out of the way first!

jaybird said...

wow you finished that fast!! i do love that detail near the edge on french general fabrics... i left it in one piece on my big quilt.. just because!

as for my floss.. if you can believe it.. mine is more of a mess than yours!!

Katie said...

Boy does that box of thread look like something my kitties would love to explore! I keep my floss wound on little bobbins (I see some peeping out from below in your box) and keep those in a plastic box made for them. Because I was actually cross-stitching when I set this system up, they're arranged by number, but I think color would probably suit me better now that I don't want to spend prescious quilting time on cross stitch! But please don't look at my boxes right now - they're just a little messy with floss additions that are half-used and not wound...

Mr. March is very cute, but somehow I'm just not thrilled with snowmen any more. Will this snow ever melt?!

What Comes Next? said...

Mr March is wonderful! You don't suppose he's wishing for spring do you? Did you sneek into my house and take a picture of my embroidery thread? It looks remarkably similar to yours! I've picked up some nice little holders that you can wrap the floss onto, and then hold all together with split rings. I must start untangling and wrapping. I like Marsha's idea of then storing like colours in zip locks.

Stacy said...

Mr. March is so cute!!

Could you use CD organizer sleeves in binder to organize the floss?

Tracey J said...

He's so cute!

I don't have a lot of floss, but my MIL stores her scrap-booking ribbon in the vinyl/plastic-type packages that come around pillow-cases and such (the kind with a zipper). She pokes holes in it, and then has the ends coming out of holes, and the ribbon in the pouch. The ribbon is a mess, but it comes out neatly!

a good yarn said...

Mr March is quite the pinup! He's adorable. My floss is all wound on those flat bobbins and sorted by colour in floss boxes. It took ages to set up but it's quite manageable now. A job for a rainy day. Cheers Ann :-)

Theri said...

I love your buddy! You can pick up mini ziploc bags at your craft store specifically for organizing your floss. I think they come 30/ $1.00 or something like that. There is a place to write the floss number on them and they have a hole in one corner so you can put them all on a binder ring. I keep mine on rings by 100, 200, etc. all piled in a basket under the table where I sit in front of the TV. I tried the little winder things at one point, but I don't have the patience to be winding string all the time. Putting the floss in a ziploc bag is much better for me! :) Theri

---"Love" said...

Sorry, but I just had to laugh out loud! If I "stitched" much, mine would look just like that I'm sure! My sis did a lot of beautiful cross stitch, and she had hers all wrapped around those little flat cardboard thingies, numbered, and in plastic boxes made for that. (She was a lot more organized than I'll ever be!) ---"Love"

---"Love" said...

One more thing: I think your snowman is adorable! ---"Love"

Fer said...

Mr March is very cool!

I store my floss in a book type thingie. All the threads are pre-cut and looped through holes on length of cardboard which is attached to the "books" rings. I'd actually prefer one of those plastic boxes that hold all the threads on flat plastic spools. It looks pretty too!

Beth said...

Mr. March is just adorable. Every month ges cuter.
I store my floss on the flat plastic (they used to be cardboard) bobbins. They are in numerical order in the plastic cases made forthe floss. Like Katie I was a cross stitcher when I set my boxes of floss up. I still cross stitch a little, but I just maintain the system because I hate untangling all that floss.

Tricia said...

I love Mr. March! He's so cute.

Floss is hard to control. Mine is in a box in a tupperware container. I never use it.

Liriopia said...

Haven't started the snowmen yet, but I like yours. I have lots of floss, on the little cardboard bobbins, in plastic cases divided up by color. It all fits in a picnic basket (well, most of it anyway).

Liri

canuckquilter said...

Mr. March is just as cute as the two previous snowmen. I can't help you much with the floss issue. Mine is tangled in a ziplock bag instead of a box, if that helps any :) I don't use it much anymore now that I've become addicted to quilting. -Joanne

canuckquilter said...

I wasn't looking for ideas for storing floss when I stumbled across one at http://rosebudscottage.typepad.com today, in her March 4 blog (sorry I haven't figured out how to link back to that particular entry yet). OK, it depends on finding just the right things at just the right price, but it is so much more imaginative than anything I'd ever come up with! -Joanne