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Threading It Up

Just like my obsession with patterns and charts, I also have a weakness when it comes to beautiful threads. I have a complete collection of single-color cotton flosses, of course, but I adore those hand-dyed threads and supple silk threads that are on the market. And since I've already made other confessions to you today, I'll make one more -- I've been known to buy threads just because they're pretty and not because I have a use for them. I know I'm not the only one, and to feed this addiction for those of you who are like me, click here for more great floss options.

The important thing to remember when storing your threads is to pick a method that works for your space and that protects your threads from light, moisture and dust. All of these can damage the fibers and cause color changes, neither of which we want when we start on our next project.

  1. Plastic Shoe Boxes. These storage treasures are usually about $1 at dollar stores and big-box stores, so they are an organizer's dream. I have dozens of them because it's just so easy to put the thread in, close it up and stack them on a shelf to keep things tidy and neat.
  2. Plastic Storage Boxes. Much like shoe boxes, these are another organizer's dream, and they come in a myriad of sizes. A few favorites, including these can be ordered here.
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    12" x 12" Storage Box
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    Super Satchel
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    Super Semi-Satchel
    1. 12" x 12" Storage Box
    2. Super Satchel
    3. Super Semi-Satchel
  4. Decorative Photo Boxes. These are about the size of a shoe box, but they're usually decorative like the boxes mentioned for fabrics. These can be left out for stylish organization. I recommend one box for each manufacturer and/or kind of thread.
  5. White Acid-Free Boxes. Like those mentioned above, these are ideal for storage since they protect the items. Two sizes are available from Annie's Catalog; click here to view sizes and to order.
  6. Plastic Bags. I don't recommend this storage option except for short amounts of time or when no other option is available. I've not had much luck with storing my threads in plastic bags except when transporting them or when moving; however, I mention it as an option for those times when you need a more transportable organization/storage solution.
  7. Plastic Tackle Boxes. For those smaller skeins, including silks and metallic on spools, a tackle box found in the sporting goods section of big-box stores comes in quite handy. It's easy to organize within the box by color family, and they are easy to find and use in a hurry.
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