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I'm quoting my sister here:<br><br>
"I am also trying to find a way to organize the hundreds of skeins of<br>
embroidery floss that I have accumulated. So far I haven't found a good<br>
organizer/storage item."<br><br>
(Well, almost quoted. I had to fix her spelling <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">)<br><br>
Anyway, does anyone have anything they LOVE? I'm a knitter and have no idea what to look for in this dept.<br><br>
Thanks so much for any ideas!
 

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I have a plastic storage compartment bin that I use. I wind all the floss around paper or plastic bobbins labeled with their color number and store them in numerical order in the box. It really keeps everything neat and organized. You always know what you have.<br><br>
Check JoAnns or Michaels and don't forget their coupon from the newspaper adverts.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have a plastic storage compartment bin that I use. I wind all the floss around paper or plastic bobbins labeled with their color number and store them in numerical order in the box. It really keeps everything neat and organized. You always know what you have.<br><br>
Check JoAnns or Michaels and don't forget their coupon from the newspaper adverts.</div>
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That is exactly what I do.<br><br><br>
If she is amenable to the bobbin approach, it really is incredibly handy. I use floss in all sorts of projects I might not even have though of because I have well organized cases that I can just grab and select the perfect shade of blue from my supply.<br><br>
I think they have bobbin winder tools for pretty cheap so you could throw in one of those as well.
 

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I was just at Ben Franklins today and bought a plastic craft organizer, 1.99, was made in US, and a pack of the plastic bobbin cards, 1.29 for 25, made in China.<br><br>
The little bin has 16 compartments and a larger size one. I was able to fit 5 of the floss bobbins wound with new skeins of floss in a small compartment.<br><br>
It looks like it will work nicely but since I haven't really crosstitched or embroidered before I'll let other's tell you about function in the long term.
 

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Do you think the bobbin idea would be hard to get started? She's not much for spending time organizing. But then, I guess she would have to invest some time into any organizational method.<br><br>
Thanks for the ideas, anyone else want to share? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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I can share, but I use the same system as the previous posters. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> What I like about those bobbin cards is the floss doesn't tangle like it does if you keep it in skein form. It's a whole lot easier for me to find the various colors too, since I organize based on DMC number.
 

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I was thinking about this idea in bed last night <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Would you have to unwind the entire skein to use it? Or would she just cut off a certain amount?<br><br>
She does counted cross-stitch - and I know she mentioned that the work was fine (she had to use only 1 or 2 strands of the floss at a time).<br><br><br>
P.S. I definitely see her organizing it by DMC number too
 

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My SIL uses a binder that has pockets for each skeen, I think it is made by the dmc company.<br><br>
The cards and winding can get to be a lot of work, particularyl if she already has lots of floss. I did mine as I purchased new colours/skeens and it wasn't too bad. The thought of starting with a huge collection, ugh.
 

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I put each skein in an envelope labeled with the skein #. Then I put all of the numbers in order and put them in a plastic shoe box. Cheep, quick and easy.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">...The thought of starting with a huge collection, ugh.</div>
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That's what I was thinking too. I didn't want to give her a gift that required hours of work on her part! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I put each skein in an envelope labeled with the skein #. Then I put all of the numbers in order and put them in a plastic shoe box. Cheep, quick and easy.</div>
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Hmmm, would she need to see the colors? I'm thinking no, because the patterns all use the DMC numbers, correct?<br><br>
Thanks again, everyone! This has been very helpful <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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I agree about the time it takes to organize the collection... could you also give 'a day of help' to get things organized.<br><br>
take a look here at DMC's site of all the things thay have<br><br><a href="http://www.dmc-usa.com/majic/pageServer/0r010000kc/en_US/DMC-Accessories.html" target="_blank">http://www.dmc-usa.com/majic/pageSer...cessories.html</a>
 

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They also have these plastic things that fit into the skein - no need to wind, then they go into a binder. Let me see if I can find a link.
 

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Found it - this is what I would do:<br><br><a href="http://www.ericas.com/xstitch/stitchbow.htm" target="_blank">http://www.ericas.com/xstitch/stitchbow.htm</a>
 

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Thanks for the links!<br><br>
She has 2 (or 3?) of the DMC StitchBow™ Rolls and they are full.<br><br>
Hmm, the DMC StitchBow™ Floss Holder looks neat. Or maybe the binder. Our local craft stores don't have any of these (except the rolls), so I think I'll look into these ideas.<br><br>
Thanks again!!
 

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I love the stitch bows. I also have the plastic sleeves for the stitch bows, and they fit into a standard 3 ring binder. In addition, I have the travel bag, which is briefcase sized with a 3-ring binder in it and pockets, so I can carry large projects with me. And I have the stitch bow roll, which will hold about a dozen colors, and can fit in my purse.<br><br>
I'd say get a stack of stitch bows, and a stack of the plastic sleeves and a couple 3 inch binders and volunteer for a couple hours of coffee clatch work.<br><br>
I keep my binders in numerical order. If you print out the <a href="http://www.doodle-head.com/xs/tools/dmc_checklist.html" target="_blank">checklist of DMC colors</a>, you can put them in order leaving empty spots for the colors she doesn't have so she won't have to shuffle them later.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I keep my binders in numerical order. If you print out the <a href="http://www.doodle-head.com/xs/tools/dmc_checklist.html" target="_blank">checklist of DMC colors</a>, you can put them in order leaving empty spots for the colors she doesn't have so she won't have to shuffle them later.</div>
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Great idea!<br><br>
I am leaning toward the sleeves and binder approach. It should keep everything cat-proof too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I've been stitching for YEARS.<br><br>
Unwinding the skeins onto the bobbins does dull the floss. Plus it really sucks to do hundreds of skeins at a time, even with a machine winder. I know, because I used to stock up on sales at JoAnn's.<br><br>
The stitchbows are pricier, and the skein will eventually fall apart if there isn't enough thread. The binders also take up a lot of space.<br><br>
I like the Floss-Away bags, but you need a lot of them, obviously. Better because you can pull more easily for project rings. You can sort them by hundreds on their own big rings.<br><br>
So what do I do, you ask? Now I just have them stuffed in big gallon bags - "0-200", "200's", "300's", "400's", etc. I go through floss like you wouldn't believe so this works for me. I keep the gallon bags in a big hatbox on my shelf. I don't have very much Anchor so it's in it's own bag. I do keep my DMC color card in with them so I can check what a color looks like if I don't have it memorized.<br><br>
I do have this cart - <a href="http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/ref=sc_qi_detailbutton/601-2334764-1769718?&page=1&index=target&rh=k%3A7%20drawer%20storage&asin=B000MQ62IG" target="_blank">http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html...sin=B000MQ62IG</a> for my specialty threads. They're sorted by color - one for golds/browns, blues, greens, purple/pinks/reds, whites, blacks, and one for silk ribbon skeins. As I've moved more towards canvaswork (which is more color-chosen by the stitcher as opposed to the designer) I've found it's easier to sort by color. I could have filled two carts but went ahead and ebayed half of it. I've been trying to stitch out of my stash for a couple years now and still have enough for a couple of lifetimes.
 

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Wow, you do have a lot of thread!!<br><br>
Thanks for the ideas. Now I have to start shopping around. Michael's is a dangerous place <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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My system sounds kind of like BurgandyElephant's. I've been doing it this way for 10 years, so it seems to work all right. I have them separated into gallon size bags for 200-300s, 400s, 500s, 600s, 700s, 800s, 900s, 3000s, 3300s, 3600, 3700s, and 3800s. I also have one gallon size bag for the Sampler Threads and Weeks Dye Works threads. In the gallon bag I have the threads arranged in numerical order on a metal hook that opens at the top. All the threads are in their own snack size ziplock bag on the metal hook.<br><br><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/katey.scott/Threads" target="_blank">http://picasaweb.google.com/katey.scott/Threads</a>
 
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