I have First Thanksgiving scheduled as my Thanksgiving Day start. This is one of the charts I’ve been pulling DMC for – some from the stash and some I had to buy.
This evening I got all the floss on floss drops. It’s so much easier to pull one strand off when it’s on the drops. They’re a bit time consuming to make but Vince and I were talking and listening to videos while I was doing it.
These are the punching tools I use. I have several shapes for the larger one that punches out the cardstock. I’ve been using just the medium square to conserve cardstock. I use the medium hole punch for the hole for the floss and the smaller hole punch for the hole for the ring to go through. Most standard small hole punches are 1/4″, or at least the ones I had, and that makes a hole that’s a bit too small for the ring, especially over the “joint” thing so I’m using a 3/8″ hole punch for the smallest hole.
When we were at Hobby Lobby yesterday, they had packages of miscellaneous sizes and colors of cardstock that were on sale for $2.50. There were probably over 200 sheets in there. Most of the sheets are big enough that I can get 2, 3 or 4 punches out of them.
I use this wooden stick (made by RNR Woodworks – I dont’ know if they have a website but you can find them on Facebook) to measure the lengths of floss to cut. This is a 9″ strip and they have an 18″ strip. The 18″ is for stitching with two threads (one folded in half) and the 9″ strip is what I use to cut 18″ lengths of floss.
I start by putting one end of the floss at about the midway point in the strip and then wrap the floss til it’s all wrapped around the strip.
Once it’s all wrapped, I cut across all the strands at the point where I originally placed the beginning of the floss (right in the middle of the strip).
The floss all goes onto a ring which I hang on a hook next to my chair. If I’m going somewhere and want to take it with me, I simpy grab the ring, place it in the project bag with the fabric, chart or tablet if I’m using a pdf and I’m ready to go.
This is what I end up with and I thread that through the larger round hole on the floss tag, after having written the DMC color number on it. I actually write the number on both sides so that whichever way I’m thumbing through the floss, I know which number it is.
Then, as I’m ready to use the floss, I use my needle to separate out one strand from the loop (where the floss was wrapped around itself to keep it on the floss tag), pull that out and everything else stays right where it’s supposed to stay.
So worth the work to get the floss all onto tags.