First I want to say I am happy when people find what works for them. EG. The popularity of bobbins and Stitchbows. I must say I tried them very briefly and have never liked the Stitchbows.
Well I have an update on what I have done with my DMC. I had the Annie's keepers and that was working very well but I had to use a large file box to store all the threads. It took up alot of space in my apt and I didn't have a convenient place to store it where I could get at the threads easily. However, they do not get dusty with this system BUT it did cost a pretty penny. I wish I thought of what I have now BEFORE I bought the Annie's system.
First some background: I started pulling my thread for projects and putting them looped on cards (sorry no photo but I think you know what I mean) then I decided I would take all my threads and do the same. I already had done this with the LoRan covers but they got dusty so at that time I went back to bobbins. Then when all my bobbins were in the jammers plastic boxes my cats would knock the box over and the bobbins would go everywhere! What a pain to put back in order. Then I put them in the Annies.
Okay fast forward to today. I happened to have some zip-up binders I bought at Staples one year thinking they would be good for kitted up projects (that's a whole other topic!
). I made cards like the LoRan master cards plus used the mastercards I had and put all my thread pre-cut into the binders. I now have ALL of my DMC cut up and on cards in the binders. I can zip up the binders so that takes care of the dust problem and also because I can zip them up they don't get tangled either.
It's easy to pull out what I need for projects and I have been creating separate cards with the thread lengths looped on for each project.
BUT just a minute ago as I was re-reading this thread I got a real brainwave
. An actual excellent idea if I do say so myself.
The problem I started getting is I have so many WIPs so I have been buying multiple skeins of DMC and I have many many duplicates because one skein is with each WIP even though you may only need a few threads of a color. Are you still with me? Thanks for hanging in there.
I believe I am going to stop creating individual project cards and just work out of my three master binders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know brilliant right??????? Well it seems brilliant to me. I will post photos when I can.
I find it very easy to pull the threads I need and to work with the pre cut lengths. Just reloop the remaining unused thread back on the loop and it lays beside the main bunch of thread in the same loop. The binders take up much less room than the Annie's or the bobbins (I have 2 jammers doublesized boxes or 9 regular bobbin boxes) or the bags and I finally feel organized with my cross stitch threads.
One thing I do need to do is pick up 1 or 2 more zippered binders. For my current projects with all the threads on cards already I will just leave them as they are and as I complete the projects I will return the thread to it's place in the binders!
What do you think?