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January 22, 2018

How to Store Embroidery Floss

Embroidery

In my quest to poses a clean & inviting maker space, I am continuing my recent organization efforts- this time focusing on the growing piles of embroidery floss that have taken over my sewing space. In this post, I provide some traditional floss organizing resources and the method that works best for me.

The Problem

Like PDF sewing patterns, embroidery floss takes on a life of its own once you bring it into your crafting space. And unlike the PDF paper I organized in my last post, this stuff can really get tangled up! The picture below is an example of the piles of embroidery floss that currently occupy my sewing space-and that is just some of the green! As you can see, I was in need of some serious organzing.
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Many Options

There are lots of options for storing embroidery floss. Traditional methods involve using commercially available bobbin cards, winder, and identification methods. Likewise, plastic zip lock bags can be used in a similar manner. A great resource for viewing these methods can be found here and here. Floss can also be wraped around clothespins for storage (like I did in the above photo). A great resources for this can be found here. However, once I read this blog post on storing the floss by color in plastic boxes I knew I was on to an organizing system that might work for me.

What I Was Looking For

While all of the options in the link about are fabulous, I quickly realized that I didn’t need that level of organization in my hand embroidery life. I recently learned the craft of hand embroidery (you can read more about that here) and find myself drawn to the contemporary style- the one without rules or specific colors to follow. For most of the work I’ve done so far, I go to my stash and pull out some colors I like and start stitching. And since this style doesn’t focus on the specific color number, it seemed logical that storing similar color families together would be the extent to my organizing. Note- If this level of organizing scares you, then definitely use the link resources I’ve provided above to find a more traditional style that works for you. If you keep reading, I’ll provide the method that works best for me.

The Solution

I knew my solution needed to include storage that would organize the floss by color family and was contained in something I could see through and easily gain access. Like most of you, I have limited time for my creative pursuits these days, so hunting for supplies is not a productive use of that time. Also, I have a small sewing space- so whatever I chose needed to be compact.

Clear Storage

It turns out finding the perfect storage solution was harder than I originally thought. I started out at my local large home and craft stores in their standard clear plastic boxes & lids section. These all seemed ok, but I hated the idea of having to open a lid everytime I wanted to grab some thread. I also didn’t like having all the separate boxes and no way to connect them. From there I moved into the drawer section- this was a breakthrough! I wanted to have pull-out drawers without lids; however, the flimsy plastic drawers were not appealing to me. I finally came to the clear acrylic section, and this was my revelation. The acrylic provides a thicker plastic that is see thru, functional, and pretty- just what I wanted! As a bonus, these drawers come in different sizes and styles so you can put together a set that works for the floss you have. I love that the bottom drawer holds my growing collection of pearl cotton balls and other embroidery accouterments. I was originally nervous that they wouldn’t hold all my embroidery floss, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that they do.

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What about you?

I would love to know how you store your embroidery floss. Do you use one of the organizing systems I’ve coverered? Or have you devised a cleaver solution that works great for you? Please leave a comment below and let us all know!
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  1. Judy Croteau says:

    Hello Jennifer,
    I love your acrylic storage boxes for DMC Floss. Can you tell me where you purchased these? I recently started needle punch, so my DMC and Valdani perle cotton balls are taking over!
    Thanks, Judy C.

    • Thanks for reading and the comment, Judy!
      I got mine at The Container Store. We just got one in my town and I found several different style of acrylic storage options there. They are more expensive than the plastic storage options, but I love they way they look and how sturdy they are.
      I hope that helps and you find your perfect solution 🙂
      Jennifer

  2. Judy Croteau says:

    Hello Jennifer,
    I love your acrylic storage boxes for DMC Floss. Can you tell me where you purchased these? I recently started needle punch, so my DMC and Valdani perle cotton balls are taking over!
    Thanks, Judy C.

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