Itchin' to stitch?
Time to craft!



Come on! We're not talking about dental floss here ... we're talking embroidery floss! And did you ever see such a mess? Hundreds of skeins jammed into a project bag ... and me only using the dozen or so that were on the top. Well ... things changed this afternoon because I've got a new organizing system for my floss!

Spice racks ... that's my new secret weapon! I've had this idea for sorting and showing off my floss for about a year but haven't found anything suitable ... and affordable. Until last week. I stopped at the Loft Antiques at 50th and Xerxes and as soon as I walked in  spotted a basket of bottles on the floor. Turned out if I wanted them I needed to buy the spice cabinet too. Seeing it was cute with it's stained glass windows ... and the dealer dropped the price another twenty bux ... I decided that my hunt was over and I'd be able to get my floss in order. It held thirty bottles! Surely enough.

When a project is this daunting, you have to just dive in and come up with a plan. First, I separated everything into color groups.

Then I pulled them into smaller groups by light medium and dark so they'd have something in common. I could only fit six or seven skeins in my bottles. Multiples were stored someplace else. Don't ask.

Found some interesting things in that bag ... other colors painstakingly wrapped on those plastic cards years ago ... needles with thread ... yet another pair of airplay safe scissors ... and a couple little bags of beads. What were they doing in there?

Some pretty perle cotton ... clueless where they came from because I don't typically stitch with it.

Color cards ... and a sample pack of Cosmos floss ... wonder where that came from?


And really ... do I need this many skeins of black floss? It's not like it's Halloween or anything!

And then there's the bundle of odds and ends ... pieces that were cut and couldn't bear to be thrown away ... just in case there's a floss shortage. I'm going to take them out to the back yard and string them in the trees. It's almost nesting season and those birdies love having a colorful home to raise their babies. Don't worry ... I'll cut up the really big pieces. 

I want to keep some of the colors I use a lot close by ... I like to roll them on to old clothespins ... found a Longeberger basket that was sitting empty so now they'll have a home ... plus they'll be easy to move with me when I want to take along a stitching project ... like next week when we have the retreat!

So finally ... I'm done. Don't they look adorable? We hung the cabinet on an empty wall in the hideout ... found some things to stash on top or hang off the doors ... my wool swatches look great hanging underneath on an old rack I found one day.  I'm so excited to have the messy project bag empty and now really want to stitch something! What a great feeling.