Sep 27, 2014

Thread storage

Hello people.  Hope all is well and life is good.  I've been weeding and shopping and errand running for sis for a few days and I think this week she will venture out on her own, cane in hand.  Her friends took her out for lunch Friday and although exhausted, she managed fine.
So how's your thread stored?  A pain isn't it?  How can we keep it easily accessible, neatly stored, out of sight, and dust free?  I have my big floss box and Floss Away bags which works really well for my needs.  I don't do silks, gave away most of the specialty threads, and prefer DMC or Sullivan because it's readily available and perfect for the early look that I prefer.  I have lots of Ginnie Thompson (and DMC) flower thread that I vowed to use one day, but they are all on their cards in one bag somewhere in this house and may never be seen again.
What do stitchers do with various brands of silk, over-dyeds, and specialties?  I found a great post showing all types of storage and can't remember where I saw it.  So I started searching and found a few items that are beautifully made (and expensive) from DMC.
A UK site has this box on sale for $580 and Amazon has it for $799.  No bobbins, just skeins laid in dividers.
Several nice looking chests came up in my search from Herrschners and they are very reasonable.  Or add them to your Christmas wish list.  This 17" tall unit is $100 and states that it can hold up to 450 bobbins.
Three drawer version obviously holds less but may be perfect for over-dyeds or silks, less than $100.  I guess you could use full skeins between the dividers instead of bobbins but it looks like they would have to be folded.
The double holds 240 bobbins for $130.
Since I always have several skeins of the same color, bags are my preference.  Too many DMC colors vary greatly and I want to see the difference and choose the skein. Having them wound on bobbins would not work for me. 
Using the bags takes more space but these cardboard Floss Totes hold over 100 3x5 bags and are only $10.  Right now my extras are in business sized envelopes in heavy boxes from good paper (the paper that we used for typing business correspondence back in the day).  For the price, I may order these since they would be easier to handle and take less space.
I'm finding a lot of other options, mostly the plastic boxes for bobbin storage, but I will keep looking and show what I've found next post.  Many of you have already seen these but for those of us living no where near sources, I hope you see something new that you might like to try.

Lots of outside work to do today - better get started.  If you start seeing verification for comments, it's because I received over 400 spam comments yesterday.  It's getting ridiculous!
Enjoy your weekend and stay safe!


diamondc said...

Wonderful to hear your sister is getting out part of healing is being with other people and doing things outside of the home, great idea for floos storage.
Thank-you for sharing.


Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

You are sooo organized ... I try but not always successful.
So happy your Sis is out and about. Great news.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Vickie said...

Ha! I just posted about my additional floss storage yesterday. (I showed my floss storage originally earlier this year.) I use a very plain system of laying them out flat in order and stacking. It is how I started doing it when I was 19, and well, it works for me.
God bless your sister. ♥

Truus said...

So good to hear your sister was going out.
My storage box for my DMC are 2boxes with 3 drawers each from Ikea-don't know if this also with you in the USA.The boxes aren't to big and easy in use.
have a great weekend
greetings,Truus from the Netherlands.

Margaret said...

I've always drooled over that DMC storage chest. Wouldn't that be nice to have.

CJ said...

Very informative post. Sometimes it is like going to school when I read your blog and I love it. I keep all my floss on bobbins in plastic boxes in numerical order. All the excess skeins, waiting for a bobbin, are in a beautiful glass jar.

Glad to hear your sis is doing better. Will keep praying for her.


Penny said...

So happy to hear that your sister is feeling well enough to go out and about.... I'm sure it is good for her spirit to get back to doing some normal things.
Love the info in this post. I have my floss on bobbins in plastic cases, but those wooden ones sure are pretty, and wouldn't have to be hidden like I do with my plastic ones!

Cactusneedle said...

So glad your sister is doing better. About 20 years ago, I showed my father a picture of the DMC chest. The ad even had the dimensions. He made me one and it is a treasure!

Maggee said...

Glad your sister is improving and was able to get out and about, using a cane. Hubby really dislikes having to use his. I keep my DMC in floss baggies also, but have them arranged by number and in thos photo boxes everyone sells for a couple of dollars. They stack nicely, they have a place to label them on the front, and tho they are wider than the bags, I have no problems using them. Beats $700 for a cabinet. They fit on a cabinet shelf! I may take a picture and put it on my blog one of these days. Hugs!

Three Sheep Studio said...

Glad your sister is doing so much better !
Great options for thread storage.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

I use the antique drawers from sewing tables that my parents refinished. They are the perfect width to hold the Floss Away bags. I was in an antique store over the weekend, and there were piles of these drawers, so I think they would be easy to find.

Robin said...

Very happy to read your sister is feeling a bit better. I enjoyed reading about your internet searches for floss storage.

Robin in Virginia

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