If you are a crafter, you have probably used embroidery floss for at least one of your projects. Embroidery floss is one of those crafting supplies used in a wide variety of projects. If you are like me, you have collected countless skeins. You cannot get rid of them, because you will definitely need them again. So, the question arises, “how do you organize embroidery floss?”
Uses for Embroidery Floss
Embroidery floss is very versatile. You will often find it in the embroidery aisle, but it has so many other uses. Some of these are:
- Hair Combs
- Cross Stitching
- Felt Crafts
- …and More
How to Organize Embroidery Floss
There are a number of ways you can organize embroidery floss. There is no wrong or right way. The method you choose will all depend on your personal preference.
Before you go out and purchase items for your embroidery floss storage, you will want to consider:
- Do you need to take your thread with you when you travel?
- How much embroidery floss do you have?
- How much room do you have to organize embroidery floss?
- What is your budget?
- Do you want to organize embroidery floss numerically?
Types of Embroidery Floss Storage
Below are some of the most common ways to organize embroidery floss. I have included both ways to organize your whole collection, as well as methods to organize embroidery floss for single projects.
1. Bags for storage
You can use this method to organize embroidery floss for a single project. Or separate your whole collection by colour.
If using the method to separate your collection, you can place labels on the outside of the bags or place cards inside the bags, so you can read them from the outside.
2. Store your floss in Binders
To organize embroidery floss in a binder, you will need clear binder inserts and embroidery cards. You can find long Stitch Bows, binders, and inserts from DMC. Or you can use floss bobbins in a specialized floss keeper.
3. Organize your floss in Bobbin Boxes
Bobbin boxes are another great way to organize embroidery floss. You can store a lot of floss and keep it organized easily. Bobbin boxes are inexpensive, and they are very easy to store.
This is how I organize my floss. However, one drawback is, the floss can get creased on the cards, making it harder to work with. If you have this problem, simply iron the thread before use.
4. Door Hanging Storage System
If you have room on the back of a door, you can use the door hanging storage system. It is similar to the bobbin binder method.
However, instead of having several pages in a binder, you have one single organizer. This method is nice if you do not have to move your floss.
5. Artist Drawers
Cabinets with shallow drawers are another popular way to organize embroidery floss. You can leave the floss in the skeins or use bobbins.
You can find all types of artist drawers, from clear plastic to vintage designs. Look for a cabinet that works well with your decor. You also want to make sure that the skeins fit easily without folding.
6. Thread Organizer Cards
Floss cards are an ideal way to organize embroidery floss for single projects. You can usually fit every colour you need on one single card.
7. Thread Drops
Thread drops are a way to organize embroidery floss on a keyring. They are a good option for organizing small amounts of thread. You can write the number of the floss directly on the thread drop tag. This option is good for small projects.
Do you have a large collection of embroidery thread that has gotten out of hand? You can take control of it with one of our simple ways to organize embroidery floss.
There’s no right or wrong way to organize embroidery floss. It just comes down to doing what works best for you! If you love to use one of these ideas for organizing and storing your embroidery floss, share your experience on our Facebook Page.
For more embroidery related craft, check out our Cross Stitch Vs Embroidery, How To Thread an Embroidery Needle and Rose Embroidery Patterns.
There you have it, start to organize embroidery floss