The first thing I want you to know is that I’m a bit embarrassed by the mess my floss was in. I’ve mentioned it before but it’s been hard to get all the floss needed for a project so I’d order the chart and the floss, part of the floss would come in, part would come in . . a skein here and a skein there; or I’d get part of it from one shop and part of it from another. Even though I started out so organized with the floss, somewhere within the past four months or so, I’ve totally made a mess of the floss organization. I had a plastic tote that was full of floss – DMC, overdyes .. most everything except Vikki Clayton bobbins. So far, I’ve kept them organized.
I came up with a plan for those boxes I mentioned in this post. The boxes arrived yesterday and as soon as I got the kitchen clean . . really clean because the dishwasher repairman comes back today with the parts . . I started working on the floss. I worked on it for about 7 hours last night and while there’s still more work to do . . the framework of the organization is done.
I took the two tubs of floss and pulled out all the DMC and sorted it according to the color number. Here’s how it ended up:
Then I took all the Weeks, Classic Colorworks and Gentle Arts, individually by brand, put the loose ones in alphabetical order and put them all on rings according to brand. I’ll take those down and put them on the closet shelf with the rest of the overdyes. Eventually, I may combine all the Weeks with the other Weeks; all the Classic Colorworks with the other Classic Colorworks but for now, when I need a color, if it isn’t on one ring, it will be on the other.
I’ll take that all down later today and put it up on the shelf with hooks.
Then I took the silks and other than DMC floss and divided it up into containers.
In the left stack, you can see Dinky Dyes, NPI, Belle Soie, Soie d’alger, and Valdani. In the right stack, there’s Gentle Arts, Classic Colorworks, Weeks, Kreinik, Cosmo & Anchor and DMC.
The Gentle Arts, Classic Colorworks, Weeks and DMC containers are for when I finish a project and have the floss out, I’ll put that leftover floss into the appropriate container and every now and then, put it all back with the rest of it’s brand. Also, I’m sure it’s going to take a while before I stop finding floss here and there. For now, I’m putting all the floss I find in these tubs and then once the tubs get a substantial amount in them, I’ll file the floss away where it goes.
I feel like this is the most floss I’ll ever have. I have too much. I’m not buying more unless I am 100% sure there’s not something else here that will work equally as well.
Remember that I mentioned I was going to run out of Onyx? Not going to happen. Look what I found.
Those six skeins, along with full skeins in at least a few project bags . . I won’t need more onyx for at least a couple of years.
It’s really nice to feel like the floss is organized and I can find what I need when I need it. I can’t believe I let it get into such a mess.