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Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Organisation...At last...!

I have a new storage system for my threads, beads, Kreinik and needles:


I saw something similar to this on another blog (apologies if it's yours - can't remember where I saw it now...) and thought it was a fantastic idea!  

I bought the 44-drawer system from Maplin Electronics with a smaller version, just in case.  I then put my DMC threads, on bobbins, in the top 26 drawers (no more than 20 in each), then the few Anchor threads I have in another.  I used a small drawer each for Glissengloss/Madeira, Dinky Dyes and Caron threads (I don't have many of those at the moment), 7 drawers for Mill Hill beads (split into antique, seed, pebble, etc), and a drawer each for charms and needles.  The 3 larger drawers are for Kreinik braids/filament, Crescent Colours threads, and spare DMC skeins.  The large drawer at the bottom is split into two with a divider, and my WDW and GAST threads are in there, stored in Floss-A-Way bags on rings.  The whole cabinet sits on the floor at the side of my chair, within easy reach.  I keep the threads I am using for a particular project in a bobbin box, and they will be returned to the cabinet when the project is finished...I know, I know - too much time on my hands... :¬)

This system is much tidier than my previous 'system' - three bobbin boxes, 2 floss rings and a Really Useful Box crammed full of beads, charms and Kreinik braids!

I have also gone a bit crazy with stash-buying this month...I bought 5 lots of fabric - 3 x metre lengths of evenweave (25, 28 and 32 ct), and 2 packs of linen (32ct natural Belfast linen and 28ct ???)  I also bought a couple of charts, including some Bent Creek and Prairie Schooler ones, and these are the ones that turned up today:


The My Big Toe design is screaming at me to start it....hmmm...Watch this space!

I have done some stitching on my Mermaid over the last day or so, and will be doing more before the weekend.  I'm leaving the Astrocat until next week, with my Scarlet Witch.

Happy Stitching!

11 comments:

Hillery said...

I am going to have to get one of these cases. I am so unorganized. Yours looks great.
Have a great day.

Julie said...

Brilliant new box, just the most perfect thing and so handy right next to your chair.

It's always nice to have a stash treat, a nice way to celebrate your new job! LOL

Cole said...

Love the new stash, the MBT design is beautiful.

Deb said...

Aren't those drawer systems the greatest. I use them for my DMC threads and since I had so many of them it's so much easier to me to have them in the drawers than in Floss-Away-Bags.

Little Cat said...

Those drawers look great. I never thought of going to Maplin! Now you've given me an idea ...

Bekca said...

Everyone loves a stash treat every so often and Heritage Crafts is such a good website too!

Mylene said...

That's a perfect storage for the threads, beads and other small items.

Great new stash and looking forward to see your update.

Melanie said...

Awesome!! I really should do something like this. I have my 'special' threads in bags on separate rings and it is such a pain to paw through them looking for what you want.

Raven/Missy said...

I love this way of storing floss. My floss is currently in bobbin boxes (I believe there are 5 full ones). The back up floss that is not on bobbins, are in ziploc bags by hundreds and stored in a cardboard box. Eventually the TV room will become a stitching room and when that happens I plan on getting these little drawers as well. Congratulations on getting your floss so neatly organized. It must make finding what you need so much easier!

Congrats on your stash enhancement as well!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Its always interesting to see how we each organize our stash. It always comes down to what suits our OCD best and the size of our stash!

Stephanie's Designs said...

great idea! wish I had the room for such great organisation!

btw I'm studying to be a Primary Teacher so we have a bit in common. I'm mum to 3 little ones, I'm also a cross stitch designer and live in oz. Nice to meet you. :)