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A few weeks ago, we started discussing storage and organization tips, and several newsletter readers shared some of their ideas. I am happy to pass them along to you:

"There are many handy and pretty ways of storing supplies, but if I had to give some advice, it would be this: Keep most everything visible. I find that being able to see my books, patterns, fabrics and floss helps me remember what I have and keeps the inspiration flowing. I keep my fabric in the empty rolls of paper towels or toilet paper; I don't keep fabric for years, so I am not worried about acid damage. The fabric is labeled with a piece of paper and attached with a pin, with name of color, count and size, and the project I intend to use it for -- very neat when I want something new to make. If I kit things up, I put everything into a zip-top bag with the date that I kitted it. This inspires me to either stitch it up already or 'dismantle' the kit. -- Christina G.

"I keep my 'stitched but not framed' stash on hangers in the closet in my sewing room -- it keeps them flat, and it keeps them where I am reminded that I have them. And you can still enjoy the finished project even if it isn't 'officially' finished." -- Sue W.

"I store my fabric in see-through plastic tubes from ULINE, which come in many different sizes and end cap colors. They are sold in large quantities, and I remember thinking that if I ever need 24 tubes for started but not finished projects, I would be in trouble! So, I asked a couple of stitching friends if they would be interested in sharing an order -- four of us were interested, so I ordered two sizes, and we divided them between us. They are wonderful! Since they are transparent, it's easy to see which project is in which tube. And the end caps are tight so there is no chance that the cap will fall off and the fabric will fall out of the tube." -- Laura B.

"I have cross-stitched since 1980 at various levels of intensity, so I do have a bit of a stash built up. Several years ago, I went to a ‘cross-stitchers paradise’ yard sale. I scored 8 copy-paper-size boxes of cross-stitch magazines for less than $20. I organized them and looked through them and looked again, and on the third time through, I decided to mark the patterns I wanted to make. I kept all the JCS magazines since I had almost a complete set back to 1988, and a few earlier issues. The rest were divided as follows: Level 1 projects with and without fabric -- this is my 'bucket list' stuff I really, really, really like and want to make; these are kept in a box filed alphabetically by title and by date within title. I have a list on my computer of these with magazine name, date and page. Level 2 projects are items I would like to make, or more recent publications. Here is where Christmas ornaments go and little stuff for gifts, etc. Level 3 is just stuff I like and probably will never make but it makes great eye candy." -- Debra M.

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