It's a new year and a new you! You can't keep looking at that cross stitch pile, hoping that it will magically organize itself. Organizing your cross stitch stash will save you time and headaches. It will allow you to focus more on the project at hand and less time searching for materials. Below are a few ideas and tips for making this year a great organized cross stitchy year.
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There are so many different ways to organize floss. From the time you get it home from the store, to the little bits and pieces left, Keeping track of your floss can be easy as 1,2,3. For full skeins of floss, there are several ways to store it. One of the easiest ways is to store them in a DMC floss box. These boxes have dividers for your floss and are set up just bins at your favorite store. They are a bit expensive but you can get them on sale from time to time. You can purchase them through... DMC or Ebay.
For skeins that are used and you have scraps left; bobbins and clothespins are great ways to keep your floss in order. You can use the simple plastic bobbins on a key chain or you can get a bit more fancy by using cute wood bobbins like the ones seen here.
Pinterest has a lot of great ideas for organizing floss; check out a few ideas.
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Organizing your cross stitch patterns can take a bit of time but it will help you in the long run. Especially if you buy a bunch of patterns at once and plan on using them the whole year through. One of the easiest ways to organize patterns is to use page protectors and binder notebooks. You can organize even more by labeling the binders with themes. If you are particular to animals, have an animal binder, or a people binder. Creating binder themes will make finding a pattern easier. If binders... aren't your thing, you can organize your patterns with file folders and a filing cabinet.
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The biggest challenge of organizing your fabric is folding and making sure it continues to stay neat. One way to make sure your Aida and linens are kept nice and clean is to fold them on foam board and stack them like you would a book. They will fit perfectly in a bookcase with the foam board. If you are worried about creases in your fabric. Why not roll your cloth and stack in a bin? This will keep the fabric from creasing and still keep your craft room clean. Craft Gossip has several ways to... organize fabric.
Getting and staying organized doesn't have to cost you a lot of money or be a lot of work. Once you have everything in place you will have more time to craft and less time finding your supplies.