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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

April week two 
Grab Bag

Every second week of the month we will have a grab bag post.   We will select from a number of ideas like stitching tips, interviews with designers and other bloggers, give aways, recipes and much more.  This month we have a stitching tip you may find helpful.

Mary's thread organization

I have found an inexpensive way to organize my thread that works very well.  I bought a lidded 17x14x6 inch plastic container from a craft store.   I always use a coupon to make them a reasonable purchase.    From Dollar Tree, I bought white business size envelopes.   I prefer the peel off adhesive style over the ones with glue.    I also use ziplock freezer bags that have a place where you can write on them.  You can usually find them at Dollar Tree too.
I store my thread in ziplock bags inside the business envelopes.  On both, I write the thread brand, color and number.  When I have a piece of leftover thread, I keep it in the white envelope only and not in the plastic bag.  Then I know to use them first.   I always scotch tape a small piece of thread on my DMC envelopes.  This is helpful when I need to look for a color or make a color substitution.

When I do make a substitution I will make a notation on the envelope.  I make sure I mention the new brand name I'm using.  


I store all the envelopes in numerical order.   I group them by their brand name.   I make one exception for Classic Colorworks which I store in alphabetical order.

When I am done with a stitching project I always file everything in its proper place right away.   This system has worked very well for me.  I don't waste time looking for thread and they always stay neat and orderly.

If you’re struggling with thread organization please give this system a try.  It works well for a disorganized person like myself.


                                                           Easter stitch freebie
We found a cute free Easter stitch you might like.   You will love Sub Rosa's pretty blog and the lovely patterns she has for sale. 
You can find this free pattern and many more here:     


Next week we will be showing some of our older stitches that we have updated with a new look!  We hope you will join us.   RJ and Mary

                                   Spring is the time of plans and projects

                                                                 Leo Tolstoy


       

9 comments:

  1. I enjoyed reading about Mary's thread storage method. It truly is good to find one that works for one. Thank you for the complimentary Easter design and link.

    Happy Stitching!

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    1. Hi Robin! Thank you so much for your visit. I need to try Mary's system for my DMC. Glad you liked the Easter design. You will find lots of pretty free designs at Sub Rosa. She has a very pretty blog. RJ

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    2. Robin, thanks for visiting again. My storage system isn't pretty but it works well for me!

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  2. Eszter by SubRosa have great designs!
    Interesting this storage method! Thanks for the tips!

    Thanks Mary for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment!
    Happy Easter for both of you!!

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    1. Lili, I so agree with you I love all the pretty designs at Sub Rosa. Eszter is very talented. Happy Easter to you too. RJ

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  4. This is a genious thread system. Sure beats my "chuck it in with all the others" method... :P

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    1. Welcome! You will have to give Mary's system a try. I want to do it for my DMC's that are in the same place as yours. RJ

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  5. It works so easily and when the envelopes get ratty I just replace them. Thanks for visiting!! Mary

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