Saturday, 28 April 2012

Thread Re-Organisation

OK, first the disclaimer, this is NOT meant as a don't-you-wish-you-had-as-much-thread-as-me brag, but just a celebration of the fact that I finally got the new pearl #12 balls settled in to their new homes and did the necessary re-organisation of some of the rest of the threads in the process.  That bag of new threads had been hanging around for quite long enough and I really wasn't sure how I was going to go about fitting stuff in the various boxes in a logical manner.  I don't like having part of one type of thread here and the other part there, so this is more sensible, I feel.=)  The gaps you can see here, on the left at least, are for the three balls which haven't yet arrived from the on-line LNS - one more each in yellow, orange and green.

First of all I managed to fit all the pearl 12's into the drawer at the bottom of my main workbox.  This box now holds, basically, plain threads.  There are stranded cottons and coton à broder #16s in the central box section and rayons (Marlitt) and Pipers Silks cops in the right hand cantilever with black and white pearls etc on top.

In the left hand cantilever, I used to keep tools and wires in the top (which are still there), Carons and some Kreiniks underneath with the remaining Kreiniks at the bottom.  This meant that metallics were part in this box and part in the blue one, with one or two more in my machine threads tin.  Now the cantilever holds just pearl cotton #8 balls, which used to be part in the drawer with the old 12s and part in the blue box.  How they're all together and much more user-friendly.  I can see and be much more inspired by the colours this way.=)

Speaking of being inspired by the colours, I put all the metallics in the top drawer of my smaller 4-drawer set (which I will soon show, along with the larger one for fabrics and kits - as soon as the shelves in my room go up and all can be sorted out well).  I used to have all these Kreinik spools with only the label showing in my cantilever sections.  I could see the colour number and they were all ordered according to thread type/thickness and in numerical order, so it was tidy.  However, this is much more inspiring, don't you agree?

This is the view from the bottom, as there are two rows in there.  As you can see from both these shots, I've now arranged them according to colour family.

Finally, this is the box with the multi-coloured pearl cottons, both in #5 and #8, along with the Carons.  I don't often use those these days, so having them in my main workbox wasn't necessary.  Plain threads get the most usage, even if they're not as pretty as metallic and variegated ones.=)

Now, if that doesn't make you want to stitch, I don't know what will!!!=)

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2012


shirley said...

Wow your drawers are so tidy mine never stay that way for long.

Rachel said...

My thread organisation always happens when inspiration has failed - I almost hope to have a disorganised stash!

Starr White said...

I'm sue you didn't intend for this to happen, but I have thread/storage envy!!

Jules Woolford said...

I'm jealous - but thank you for showing us all your pretties which look gorgeous.

Me and my ice pack hope that one day very soon we can sit for long enough to start stitching.

lovestitch said...

Oh those threads are so beautiful!! Just found your blog and I love it, your craft work is ADORABLE!!!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Love looking at all those threads in so many colors and textures. I especially like variegated threads to stitch with. You have them all so nicely organized and looking good!

Rachel Cotterill said...

I certainly do wish I had that much thread! I keep mine in little tool-boxes with small compartments, the sort designed for sorting screws/nails/etc.

Bits of Stitching! said...

Lovely!!!! Sooo much eye candy!!!
I agree, having them arranged so you can see the colors is the best way to spark creativity and motivation.