me + new embroidery floss = this
I love embroidery floss. Like a whole lot. Getting new embroidery floss is equivalent in my mind with getting new office supplies – or for those of you who don’t get excited about new sticky notes – like Christmas + Easter + Halloween + my birthday x 48. I love spending time picking out colors, and then planning new projects with endless color combinations. I also love spending time organizing (and re-organizing) my floss. Is all of this weird? I don’t think so! Maybe a bit OCD. But then, hey, I’m a librarian. I organize by nature! Anyways . . .
Before this past Christmas, I was generally good at either wrapping new floss around homemade bobbins (mostly recycled cardboard) or keeping it in fairly neat skeins. Back in high school I commandeered my brother’s old toy car box to keep the floss in. I kept the wound bobbins organized by color, and the other skeins just stuffed into the other side of the box. I have to say it’s by far the best container I’ve found to store them in.
Side note – my brother came up with the most ridiculously awesome name for groups of floss (as in flocks of sheep and murders of crows) – bouquets of floss. Like flowers! I want to buy floss and sell it on Etsy in packages just so I can say I sell bouquets of floss. It just sounds so pretty. (Copyright pending!)
Then, last month, I convinced my brother to go halfsies with me on a huge pile of embroidery floss. Like probably double what I had at that point. I really wanted to expand my color choices, especially in the greys, browns, peaches/tans, and yellows. I also got a bunch of new blues, and a few greens, purples, and oranges. So we tortured our poor Michaels cashier with a ridiculous number of tiny bar codes to scan (apologies, ma’am!) and I went home with my best Christmas present of the year.
After Christmas, I spent several cozy evenings next to the fire winding the floss on bobbins. I really enjoy winding yarn into balls – I think the repetitive winding motion is soothing – so winding lots of floss was great (especially because I got to switch colors more often!). I’m kind of a perfectionist when it comes to my bobbins as well, so I’m sure it took me twice as long as someone else would have taken. But now my bobbins are all neat and even! (scroll down a bit for an appropriate response gif)
I’ve never been that good at keeping track of the floss number (whether on those annoying little tubes from around the skeins or on my bobbins). Most of the time it doesn’t matter, but then when I go back to create a pattern I dislike having to guesstimate which color I used. So this time I was also careful to write every number down on each side of the bobbin. Being such a floss nerd, I first organized them by DMC number and noted down which skeins I had. I love the gradients this produced (even though I have big gaps all over the chart).
You must be rolling your eyes by now.
I stored them in my red tin (usually used for bits and pieces or small WIP) for the flight home, then took them out and prepared to organize them by color. So much fun! So on my last evening of break I spread out all my floss (old and new), and turned on Brave (which, by the way, is an awesome movie with some really cool embroidery!). I ended up sorting the floss into rough color groups and storing them in my floss box. You can tell how much more floss I have just by comparing the photos at the top and bottom of this post – it’s stuffed now! This week I even found a few more skeins floating around my room under various stacks of fabric and pattern ideas, so I think I’ll have to start doubling up in some of the spaces. Or maybe even get a second box . . . no, that would be dangerous!
Anyways, here is all of my pretty floss! I’ve since organized the front half (whites-yellows with browns and greys), and am waiting for time to organize the back half (green-purples with blacks). Once I do I’ll just have another excuse to post photos of my floss box on here. *rubs hands in anticipation*