Thank you for a wonderful site! I have tried organizing my embroidery floss so it is easy to reach and all the colors are visible but nothing seems to work just right. I now have them pinned to a padded and covered tri-fold cardboard but the needles fall out, it’s difficult to put away for next time. I use all colors when embroidering a baby quilt and do not want to spend my time looking through a notebook for the correct shade of a color. Thanks so much!
Linda D via e-mail
It seems like there are hundreds of colors of embroidery floss and when working a project getting just the right shade of green or red is important. I’d say a majority of those using embroidery floss are following a pattern or set of instructions so what is important to them is the number or specific color name, however since you aren’t creating from a pattern, but doing original work, most organizing systems aren’t set up for this kind of display.
I use small sealable plastic bags (often used for jewelry). I place each color of embroidery thread into a separate bag. I liked this system because I could keep the label inside the bag and have it for future reference, but I still also write with a permanent marker the brand, color number, and other details like where I purchased the floss.
I store the embroidery thread by color in small plastic containers. I can spot a color family quickly and it’s easy to spread the small plastic bags out on the table. It’s also easy to stack and store again. As an original artist, this is one of the easiest ways to organize and have your colors available to you. Keep at it, you’ll find your way to be organized. Be aware of your creative process and work with it, not against it. You don’t have to conform to traditional ways of organization, in time you’ll find what works best for you.