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I use plastic bags. I need to come up with a better system!
It's so funny you ask that because I just organized all of my floss a couple of days ago. I have many on bobbins and about a year ago I decided that I do not like them all wound up like that so I tried the stitch bow system and didn't like it because there wasn't a place for loose thread and was a tight fit in the compartments that they go in so I started putting them in floss away bags (or generic floss away bags) with an index card to keep it from being so flimsy. Of course, I still had all of my bobbins so I had floss in 2 or more places and didn't like that and I had the floss away bags in shoe boxes and didn't like that either soooo...to make a long story even longer; just a couple days ago I put each bobbin (and I have a lot) in their own floss away bags with index card and label and found a ornament organizer at Walmart. The organizer container was flimsy but the dividers worked perfectly. I cut the dividers to fit into a clear plastic bin (14 inches wide by 2 feet long). Just yesterday I saw on daffycat's blog (http://itsdaffycat.blogspot.com/2009/01/crabby-new-year.html) the way she organizes hers which is similar to the way I have chosen to go with only she found this great storage container which I will have to check the office supply store to see if I can't find that for myself.
I love the floss the way they are but for a project, I keep them in a plastic bag. I don't like bobins. I like to "feel" them ! lol I must be crazy :-p
Mine are all on bobbins and in numerical order in DMC bobbin holders hehehe. I sorted mine out last week...I am a bit of an anorak though lol
I am a freak about floss storage--have been for 20 years. I put my regular DMC in the little boxes wound around the little cards and color coded. Now, specialty floss I don't usually just "buy" without a project in mind, so all that is kitted together in little bags with the name of the project written on the outside. They are just kind of tossed inside some Sterilite storage drawers (the small ones) for easy access!
Funny question to read!! I love and enjoy the floss the way they are so I've not thought or wished to store till now, my friend!
Some of my floss is on bobbins, and in plastic boxes. Some is on bobbins and in a ziploc bag, I have a bag for each set of Numbers. Some is in floss away bags. Those are for my current projects.I love the bobbins, but just can't stand winding the thread. If I could finally get it all done it would be alright, but I have a ton more to go. So I have just given in to the bags. I just put them in and take them out just like they are and I can store the loose thread in there.
I have a master set of DMC on bobbins and is stored in 4 large bobbin cases, I think I am only missing 4 or 5 colours of the whole set. For my current WIP's I take out the floss I need and store it in a medium sized case that I can easily carry around. When I finish a project the floss goes back into the master set. I used to kit each project (and future projects) with their own floss (thanks to some wonderful and kind floss fairies in the USA) so I now have over 200 extra skeins of floss, not yet on bobbins, stored away numerically.For my hand-dyed/over-dyed silk and floss I store on floss rings, one ring for each company the floss organised alphabetically on the rings.I have only used floss away bags for Chatelaine kits because that's how the European cross stitch company do their kits (which are magnificent btw) but all the same those bags drive me nuts. I have never used stitchbows either because I didn't want to pay the $$ to convert when bobbins are so cheap!
I use stitchbows, sorted numerically and put in snaplock bags by group. I have majority DMC. I don't like the bobbins cos the thread is too kinked after storage.Left over floss from projects stays on the project card in the project storage bag as an archive of what I've done. If I send the kit on to anyone, they get the leftover floss to start them off (should that suit).I've been looking at the floss ring or tag system and am wondering if to head in that direction - would solve the "loose ends" problem too.
Andie, I enjoyed writing about my system on my blog over at countryfriedstitches.blogspot.com. Come on over sometime and check it out!
I put them on stitchbows and shove them into the plastic sleeves when I kit them. I have 3 DMC carrying cases that I keep projects in at a time. All other projects go into big plastic bags with their pattern/fabric/flosses. I do have a few duplicates but try not to.
I'm much like kiwiflowa and gaynor above - I have four bobbins storage boxes filled with DMC floss on bobbins (filed numerically). I tried binders, I tried stitchbows, I tried bags - none of them worked for me! When I start on a design, I put all the floss I need on a ring - and the entire project goes into a extra-large zip-lock freezer bag, labelled with the title, start date, etc. in washable marker (and then I just re-label and re-use the whole "kit" when the project is (ha, ha) done...)
I have a jammer box (a plastic container that is supposed to be used to hold children's Hot wheels cars) that holds one skein of every DMC color, plus a few Anchor I picked up along the way. I stitch everything from this one supply, I do not kit individual projects. I do have several extra skeins socked away in a shoe box shaped tuperware container in the closet.
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