Sep 13

Fri '13

Embriodery floss adventures

I have been busy for the past week organizing all the embroidery floss that I own. Sure, that may sound like the lamest thing in the world, but as a cross stitcher, I had an absolute blast doing it.

Embroidery Floss

I decided to start a new cross stitching project this week. I wanted to do one where I had the pattern created from a picture and then I would have to buy the embroidery floss and fabric separate. I received the chart from a friend who has an amazing pattern maker on her computer. However, before I went out and bought the 50 colours of floss required for the project, I wanted to check what I had first.

Over the years, as I have finished a cross stitching project, I have saved all my leftover floss. When I finally went through everything this week, I found some interesting treasures. I found some floss from my first project in 1997 (Oh the memories! ;-)) and even some from the 1960s that my mother in-law had given me. There was a crazy amount of floss to organize. I definitely had a huge job ahead of me. Plus, I had to convert some of the colour numbers to a universal numbering system (DMC). Luckily I found a great website that helped me find the best match for each colour in the DMC system. Sorry for the technical blabber, but the numbers were important as that was how I organized them.

I wish I had taken a picture of ALL the floss I found. There was tonnes! Luckily, years ago, my Mom bought two boxes of DMC thread at a garage sale for me. I started with those boxes and just added my extra floss to them.

Embroidery Floss

With some of the floss, it took some guess work and colour matching to make sure that I was sorting each floss with the correct/best colour. I bought little miniature DMC labels so the numbers would be just right. I ended up having to buy a third storage box because I had so much floss. Seriously, it was a cross stitcher’s dream to find all this floss and put it all together!!

Now that I am done, everything is super pretty and collected. I have a little bit of room left in the 3rd box, just incase I need to buy any more colours. Now I want to make a spreadsheet so that I have access to every colour that I own, just incase I don’t have the storage boxes with me while I am out and about.

In the end, for my new project, I only needed to buy 9 of the 50 required colours!! Talk about saving money and helping to complete my collection eh?! Yay.

The pretties!!

Embroidery Floss

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4 Responses to “Embriodery floss adventures”

  • Cathrine
    September 14, 2013 @ 4:10 am

    Haha, I’m one weird person, I actually felt happy to see all the floss nicely sorted and in pretty boxes! Yay for organizing! xD

  • Christine
    September 14, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    That’s so cool that you found colors from when you started cross stitching. That must have been really fun to see and brought you back to that first project. πŸ™‚ You certainly have lots of nice colors. I love how perfect they all sit together, hehe.

  • Cat
    September 14, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

    Wow, you have so much and in so many colors! I don’t think organizing them is lame. I spent time organizing my fabrics and thread so I know what you mean, haha. That’s awesome that you have most of what you need for your next project!

    Making a spreadsheet for them is a good idea. I actually have a site that just lists my manga, otherwise I forget what I already have when I’m out buying more πŸ™‚

  • Deanna
    September 15, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

    I love having things organized. It makes it so much easier to find! I used to make bracelets out of that floss and would have them organized my color in my box but not using numbers. That’s great that you only had to buy 9 new colors!

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