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There's one constant rule for any craft – the longer you do it, the more supplies that you accumulate. Before you know it, you need a better way to store and organize the supplies; otherwise they will just take over. Whether you are storing floss, patterns or needles, here are some tips that will help you out.
For projects that are on the go, or for when you are traveling, you can keep your floss in a clear Ziploc sandwich bag. The bag will protect your floss from becoming dirty or damaged. It's small, light and flexible, making it the perfect travel companion. Plus, since it's clear, you can easily see what colours you will be working with.
If you have left over floss from previous kits, don't throw it out. It's perfect to use on other patterns where you want to include your initials or the date. You can also use it to write out the name and date on a baby or wedding announcement. To store the floss, simply wind it around a floss bobbin and write down the colour name or number. Floss bobbins are really easy to use. They are usually a square piece of cardboard with tabs on both ends and a slit in the tabs. Start by putting one end through the slit and then wind the floss around the bobbin. When you get to the end, slide it through the slit as well. When you are finished, line up the bobbins in a narrow drawer or storage compartment with the tabs facing up, so that you can read any writing on the bobbin without having to take it out.
The best way to store patterns is in a binder. Place the patterns in clear sheet protectors, so that they can be filed in the binder without you having to punch any holes in the pattern. As well, the sheet protectors make it easy to flip through your patterns, without you worrying about tearing or ripping the pattern. If you have a lot of patterns, use a table of contents or index tabs to make it easier to find a particular pattern.
Needles are probably the easiest thing to loose when you are cross stitching. Here are some solutions that you can use, whether you are in the middle of a project or you need somewhere to store the needles in between projects.
If you are in the middle of a project, there are two ways you can keep track of your needle, especially when you will soon be starting a new colour. The first way is to place your needle in the corner of your fabric. Slip the needle through the front of the fabric, along the back for a few squares and then come back out the front. Your needle will now stay securely in place. Another way is to keep a small magnet on hand and place the needle on the magnet. Magnets are also handy if you accidentally drop your needle. Take the magnet and slowly drag it across the floor or your chair until the magnet picks up the needle. Problem solved!
Most people have more than one needle for cross stitching or embroidery and need a way to store the needles when they aren't being used. One idea is to use a pin cushion to stick each needle in. Another idea is to buy a small pin container or to use a small jar. These containers are often tube shaped and will need to be longer than the needles they will store, so that the lid for the container can be shut tight.
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