Sunday, October 15, 2017

How I Do It - Thread Storage

I use cotton threads.  Gave all my metallics, rayon and silks away.  I use mostly CC, DMC, GAST, SSS and WDW threads,

I have all the DMC thread colors and am building my overdyed thread inventory one skein, one project at a time.

When I first started doing cross stitch, I stored my DMC thread in decorative boxes.  Then I discovered floss bobbins and Darice thread boxes.  I wound all my thread on the bobbins and stored them all in three or four Darice thread boxes.  That worked for me and I used it.

Then I found out about floss away bags and set up a system for each project I was working on.  That worked for a time but I have to say I grew tired of changing out the bags, refiling the thread and time involved.  I wanted something simpler, easy, quicker especially when I was working on more than one project at a time.  I wanted a way to pull and store my threads and then refile without too much of a hassle.

I had my next door neighbor where I was living at the time, who was a master carpenter, make me a cabinet for my DMC threads.  I had been using utility (nuts and bolts) cabinets and liked it.  I hung them up on the wall in my sewing area.  I wanted something I could permanently store these cabinets in (as in one unit, all six cabinets together), that was mobile as in could be rolled and rotated and easy to access.  I drew a picture of what I had in mind and left the end result to my neighbor.  I was not disappointed when told it was ready and could be picked up.  He used oak and had sanded it for me.  I put oak stain on it and did two coats of polyurethane.

The top comes off, the cabinets slide down and lock into place.  Three cabinets on one side, three cabinets on the other side.  Once I had the cabinet loaded with all six utility cabinets, I loaded the drawers with my DMC thread.  I set it up in numerical order, two threads per drawer.

I love being able to go to this cabinet, pull the needed threads for a project and when done with my project, I refile the skeins of thread.  I do a thread inventory once a year and restock colors I am low on or out of off.

Pictures taken in former rental.  Currently, the cabinet is in my new rental and I have it in my sewing room with all my counted cross stitch inventory.

For my overdyed threads such as CC, GAST, SSS and WDW I had stored them in their respective photo box.  Then I happened on a blog post by Vonna from the The Twisted Stitcher showing how she set up her system of storing all her overdyed threads.  I liked it.  I bought what was needed and set up a system of my own.

I like how I can go to the box, pull the letter of the thread color, see if I have the thread and if I do, open the ring, take off the thread and refile the letter back into the box.  So easy.  So organized!  So simple and quick.

Setting the system up.  I have different colored letters for each brand of thread.  Because my overdyed thread inventory is small, as I don't have all the colors, I am able to fit two in one file box.  As my inventory grows, I will put each one (GAST, WDW, etc) in their own file box.

I labeled the file boxes on the front so I would know which threads are inside.  The boxes  sit on the magazine bookcase in my cross stitch inventory area of my sewing room.

When I kit up for a project, I pull the suggested threads.

If the threads are DMC, I will group the threads by 100's, take a quart sized ziplock baggie and mark 100, 200, 300, etc. on each bag.  All the 100's will go in the baggie marked 100. All the 200's will go in the baggie marked 200 and so forth.  Then I will cut a little slit or small hole in the upper left hand corner, under the ziplock and thread the baggies on a 2" or 3" book ring.

If the threads are overdyed, I punch a hole (if needed) in the upper left hand corner and thread the colors in alphabetical order (thread color) on a 2" or 3" book ring.

When working on my project, I hang the baggies or the overdyed threads or both, depending on what the design calls for, on the cart I have near my stitching chair.

When I am done with the project, I take everything off the rings, rehang the overdyed threads in their respective file boxes, refile the DMC threads in their respective box on the thread cabinet and if the baggie is still good, I keep it for the next project.

I have found this system works for me.  It's quick.  It's easy.  It's cheap and efficient.  Organized too.

Regarding loose threads while stitching, I fold it in half a couple of times, loop it around the skein and it goes back into the baggie.  If it's an overdyed thread, I fold it in half and loop it on the punched hole.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

New Starts

Started a couple of small designs.

My fabric for one project arrived in the mail.  Received all the suggested threads.  Measured, cut and serged the fabric edges and kitted everything up in their respective project bag.

Was gifted the fabric for this one.  It's sparkly and has hues of blue and purple swirled around on it. Very pretty. 

Let it Snow...Somewhere Else!
Waxing Moon Designs
28ct Crystal Meditation Lugana, WDW Threads, Embellishment
Stitching 2 over 2
Started 10/12/17
Progress as of 10/12/17
Number of Days Spent Stitching on This so Far - 1 

Next new start is one I saw modeled in a LNS.  Liked the quote and the colors used in the design.  It's another Waxing Moon Design.

Stitching Mends the Soul
Waxing Moon Designs
32ct Light Mocha Quaker, GAST and DMC Threads
Stitching 2 over 2
Started 10/10/17
Progress as of 10/12/17
Number of Days Spent Stitching on Design so Far - 1

Third Waxing Moon Designs new start.  Saw this modeled in a LNS.  Liked the quote and the colors used in the design.  Plan to display this in my living room.

The Best Things
Waxing Moon Designs
28ct Antique White Monaco (really like this fabric!!) Evenweave,
GAST and WDW Threads With Embellishments
Stitching 2 over 2
Started 10/10/17
Progress as of 10/12/17
Number of Days Spent Stitching on Design so Far - 1

Close up of this fabric.  It has tiny flecks of brown in it and I feel it will really enhance the thread colors used in this design.  Received the fabric in a secret sister exchange this past year.

Last but not least a Diane Graebner design.  I have all but two of her designs.  I started this one and with each stitch I take my thoughts are on those I've met online who enjoy working with needle and thread.  Plan to frame this one.

Cross Stitchin' Friends
Diane Graebner Designs
32ct White Jobelan, DMC Threads
Stitching 2 over 2
Started 10/06/17
Progress as of 10/11/17
Number of Days Spent Stitching on This so Far - 5 

For a smile...

Received my ornament from my partner in the autumn/fall ornament exchange.  Her note shared that this was a first for her - finishing it like this.  I love it and it rests on the cabinet here in my living room where I can see it.  The design is Autumn Whimsies by Scissor Tail Designs.  I really like how Angela used this unique clipboard to finish.  Gives me ideas. Great finish, pretty colors.  Also received (not necessary, not expected) a pretty fall themed towel, socks and GAST thread.  Thank you, Angela.  You done good.  

Leah being Leah.  I sometimes use my laptop on my laptop table by my stitching chair and sometimes I use it while sitting at my kitchen table.  Leah found a comfy spot and stayed long enough that I could get a good picture of her.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Waxing Moon Designs Finish

Worked on a happy design this week by Waxing Moon Designs.  This is the second time I've stitched it.  First time I did it, I gifted it to a neighbor in the apartment complex I was living in at the time.

Will frame it.  Not sure what color frame I will use.  Suggested frame was a yellow and white one.  Am thinking I will frame without glass with this one due to height of yellow button.

Fabric, SSS thread and the buttons were supplied with the chart.  Did make a few changes.  Used WDW Moss for the flower stem and leaves.  Used SSS Berry Medley for the word My.  Also stitched using two not three strands of thread as suggested on the chart.

You're My Sunshine
Waxing Moon Designs
32ct Twilight Opalescent Lugana, GAST, WDW and SSS Threads
Stitched 2 over 2
Started 10/02/17
Completed 10/04/17
Number of Days Spent Stitching This Piece - 3
Will Mount, Lace and Frame Myself

Have pulled the following charts and will be pulling the threads and preparing the fabric.  Would like to work on these.

Frosty Night by New York Dreamer/Ezia Gladstone

Waxing Moon Designs - Winter Wonder, Let it Snow...Somewhere Else!, Stitching Mends the Soul and The Best Things

Also want to pull a Diane Graebner chart (not sure which one) and kit it up.

In other news...

It's a fall day here.  Awoke to rain and gray skies.  Leah is napping by the front window.

After working a bit in my sewing room, will stitch for awhile.  Joined a book club.  Never been involved in one before.  Will see how it goes.  Have been assigned an interesting book written by an Iowa author.  The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson

For a smile...

Leah being Leah.