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How do you organize your needlework stuff?

(Taylor) Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

I'm thinking about the stitchbow system pictured, but also like the flossaway file:


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Youngstown, NY

I found plastic storage boxes at the Christmas Shoppe that I use. They have 3 compartments and snap together. The top one is smaller so I keep needles,etc. in that one and thread in bottom two. They even have a handle for easy taking along with you. They were only $1.99. I bought one and when I saw how good it worked went back and bought 6 more for other projects.

(Taylor) Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

can I see a picture of your set-up?

Plano, TX

do you crochet or knit?

(Taylor) Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

I do hand embroidery,silk ribbon embroidery, and stumpwork, or 3-D type dimensional embroidery

And recently I've gotten interested in 3-d flower beading on wire

Plano, TX

i've seen the flower beading--really pretty--i need to look up some stumpwork to get an idea of what it looks like--i imagine you do beautiful work! i remember embordering in the past----might not remember all the stitches if i tried now--

(Taylor) Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

There is a lady on ebay selling bead flowers right now, and it is so tempting to buy hers, instead of learn and make them myself, but I still think it would be fun. I've always loved beads and often thread them onto my embroidery projects.

I purchased a few bead flower books, so now all I need to do is try it.

I usually embroider in the fall, when there is more gardening down-time.

Plano, TX

when i saw the bead flowers they were made with a beading machine--the wire spins around and the little beads somehow get on it---
i know what you mean--i told myself i would just buy what i want instead of having to make everything--but i just can't help myself!! i want to learn so many things and when i do i get a bit obsessed with it!

Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6a)

Seedpicker, I do a lot of needlepoint, emroidery, punchneedle, etc, that all seems to require a different type of thread or yarn & different types of needles. For most of my cotton floss, I've purchased the small plastic bags that have holes punched in the corners and have a small white box that you can write in a name or color number. Mostly I keep mine in order by number, using a large metal ring so I can easily add or remove threads. I tried the smaller cardboard things like in the flossaway file, but felt like I spent too much time winding the threads onto the carboard. With the clear plastic envelopes I can see pretty quickly what colors I have & can guage the amount that I have better than with the cards. I bought a DMC book a couple years ago that had all theeir colors in it by color family & by number, & that's been very helpful in sorting things.
When I do have a specific project, I pull the colors I need onto a separate, smaller ring, or put it a small tote bag so that what I need is all together to grab & go with me.

Good luck with your projects!
Pat in Cincinnati

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