Needed to reorganize

 

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My office and threads got away from me last year and even though I DO NOT make New Year’s resolutions, I decided reorganization was needed. I spent some time thinking about how I wanted to do this and nothing jumped out at me, so I decided to just jump in and start.

I made some basic decisions: If a thread is discontinued, I was getting rid of them: Good-bye Marlitt; Rainbow Gallery has discontinued threads over the years and I still have them, good-bye discontinued threads.  I had a complete set of JP Coats and I don’t think they make it anymore and if they do, I never used it.  There are two exceptions to this rule: Orange Needle Necessities (now ThreadworX) Overdyed Rachel. ThreadworX does not produce this thread and I love it for carrots and carrot noses so I horded several skeins for my own personal use. And another Needle Necessities thread, an overdyed Madras in blues was perfect for my Peter Rabbit coats; so I horded it too. I have been to the ThreadworX website (http://threadworx.com/) and have noted a few choices to replace these threads. ThreadworX if you are reading this: would love a #5 perle cotton in Trick or Treat orange.

I also decided that if any of my DMC floss or perle cotton was cut I would get rid of it. If I use perle cotton for stitching a Temari ball, it cannot be precut because I use very long lengths when stitching Temari Balls. I did keep my Anchor perle cotton, although I have heard it had been discontinued (Anyone know anything about this?). And I do know that Colonial Needle (http://colonialneedle.com/) carries a full line of Finca floss and perle cotton thread (sizes: 3-5-8-12-16) in a great color range, so I’ll start adding that to my stash. 😉

My old threads are going to a friend who uses odds and end of threads and canvas to stitch hearts for a Hospice Home near her. A heart is placed on a patient’s door after they have passed away. This alerts staff and visitors to be respectful and quiet around this patient’s room. The family is then given the heart when they leave. If there are any threads she doesn’t want she will send them to a prison in Ohio that used them.

So I began. Then I had to decide if after I separated all the threads I was going to sort by number or color. I finally decided on using both and seeing if I prefer one method over the other. All the DMC is stored by number and I will continue to do this since I have a great color card. If I stored a thread by color then within that color I stores in numeric order. Watercolours overdyes I stored by number but others I stored by alpha name. I guess you just have to find a method that works best for YOU.

I also decided to wrap all my threads on large floss winder cards and so I ordered 1000 floss Keys and 200 Floss Pak bags from YarnTree (http://yarntree.com/) so I can start this process. I also purchased some storage containers from Hobby Lobby to store the floss keys. I have begun a slow wrapping process…as I need a new thread I will wrap it on large floss winder cards. I also use these floss winders for any thread that is skeined, even overdyes. This will be an ongoing process; otherwise I will not get anything else accomplished this year.
I finished my reorganization this week-end by labeling all the containers. I feel so accomplished. I have two boxes and a bag for my friend who stitches hearts. I got rid of 4 large sweater boxes from my closet and I still have a closet full of threads! And of course, we all know that when I go to stitch, I will not have all the right threads….Stitcher’s Law. 😉

I don’t know if this is the final reorganization or whether I’ll redo as I go, but it is sure a lot better than it was last year. And I am still looking for an answer to whether Anchor is doing away with their pearl cotton? I would love to hear from you on how you store your threads. Do you store by color by manufacturer, a combination? I think when we share , we learn and that’s what this is all about and having fun stitching of course.

Thank you for stopping by… I hope you find time to stitch today

ttfn…sue

P.S. Someone asked me this week what “ttfn” means.  So for those of you who don’t know it is from Winnie the Pooh; Tigger says it all the time. It means “ta-ta for now” or “ttfn”. Winnie the Pooh books were my favorite growing up and my grandmother used to say this to me. So if Carol Burnett can pull her earlobe for her grandmother, I can ttfn for mine. It just makes me smile and we need to smile and make the world a nicer place.

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Re-storage

Seems like January is the month where we all feel a compulsion to clean house, start anew, and organize…not me not this year. I am going to live forever because I have enough unstitched canvases, counted designs, and unfinished classes to last 50 years and that’s if I stitch one a month for the next 50+ years and never buy another thing. And we all know this is not going to happen…I already have new canvases in mind and even though I have tried to convince myself I do not need them they are speaking loud and clear to me.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have organized my threads the way I want them, I keep a fairly accurate inventory on spreadsheets (especially the threads I use often) but I place no value on them. Two reasons: I don’t care to know how much I spend…I think of it more as an investment (in my sanity.) And anyway, we all know that when it comes time to pull threads for the project of the moment, we never have all the right threads and without a trip to LNS stitching cannot begin…it is an unwritten law, a step in the process.

I also feel no desire to rearrange, redo or organize because last spring/summer when we combined households I did this. When you combine households you lose some things and you gain other things. I lost my sewing room but truthfully it was so cluttered it needed a complete overhaul anyway.

My daughter in law has an embroidery machine and so we made a new sewing area. Someday when I have more time I am going to learn how to use the embroidery machine and then I will embroidery dates on the back of finishing material for ornaments…until that day I will just ask my daughter in law to do it. Once we get through the holidays, we can spend more time in the sewing area and sewing with a friend is always more fun.

I had already gone through my needlepoint canvases and was procrastinating about sending them to Pat at Stitch Destashing (http://stitchingdestashing.blogspot.com/)….so I sent them off and within six weeks had a check in the mail. Pat also sent me back the canvases that I wanted back and the rest she donated.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had been replacing my thread storage units trying to make them more accessible. And since we had just finished redoing a room for an office I just appropriated the larger closet for my threads. I also used some threads as decorating elements.
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So all in all I think I did not lose anything I still have my stitching nest and my threads are closer and so are my canvases. And …I gained a finisher.So you see I am ahead of the January rush and this leaves me more time to read, stitch and compute…oh yes this is a good year!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to stitch today!

ttfn…sue