Last week I posted about my finish of Faith Hope Love by Joyful Expressions. This left an open spot in my rotation. Joy of joys!! Just think of the possibilities!! After seeing so many lovely WIPs on stitching blogs I follow, I decided I wanted to tackle a slightly bigger or more complex project. The others I have going right now are fairly simple and with just a few colors. For quite some time I’ve had my eye on “Heart of Christmas” by Stoney Creek. I know we’re coming into spring and I have no idea why I am so drawn to a Christmas pattern except it has so many beautiful bright colors! You know how I love to stitch bright colors.
Sadly, I don’t have a local needlwork shop within an hour of me, so I do a lot of ordering online. In this case, once I got on the Stoney Creek website, I had to order a few specialty threads and buttons to go with the pattern… and I just couldn’t resist the winter edition of their magazine… and a subscription. Sigh. So here’s the deliciously lovely pile of stuff that arrived a few days later. I adore the ‘clear sky’ dyed fabric as a backdrop for the pattern, don’t you?
On a totally unrelated note, I wanted to share a tip to keep your scissor tips sharp and undamaged, as well as to keep them from poking other items in your project bag. I’ve been using knitting needle covers, which can be purchased inexpensively from most any craft store, on my scissor tips! Here’s a photo of a few of the tool kits in my various project bags. (I buy the plastic containers, which are meant for scrapbooking, when they go on clearance at the big box craft store):
What’s your favorite project bag or cross-stitch-stash tip? As you can see, I love organizing almost as much as stitching 😉
Over the years I’ve tried a few systems of floss organization. For years, I used the little cards that you wind the floss around, and keep in small plastic boxes. This system had the advantage of being neat and portable. But there’s a fair bit of work in winding the floss. The reason I abandoned this system in the end was the way it creases the floss – particularly as you get near the end of a skein.
Over the past few years, I’ve used the StitchBow system from DMC and I’m really loving the way it works. I use 3″ binders to store my floss collection.
The plastic stitchbows themselves are inexpensive and quite easy to use – you transfer the floss directly onto them without having to wind it, and the labels with the color ID number are easily inserted.
Once on the stitchbow, the floss slides easily in and out of the plastic binder sleeves. I leave extra sleeves in my binder and space out my existing floss so it’s easy to add new as I purchase.
Another advantage to this system is that the floss is transferred easily into a project binder. Like many, I prefer to work on several projects at once. I keep each project in a “go bag” (more on that in a later post) so when I sit down to stitch, I can easily grab the project I want and everything I need for that project is at my fingertips. Having small children, this system keeps projects accessible to me, but out of reach of little fingers…
As I was saying, each project bag has the needed floss. Depending on how many colors and the size of the pattern, I often keep these in a smaller binder in my go bag. Here’s an example.
Of course small projects don’t necessarily need a binder. More on individual project organization and floss binders in a later post.
So that’s my system. I’d love to hear what works for you!
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