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Learn How to Cross Stitch - How to Organize Your Floss

Equipment for Cross stitch is very simple and not very costly to start. Here are a few basic items that you will need to get yourself on the way.

Organize Your Floss - Organize Your Floss For Stitching - Make Your Own Cross Stitch Floss Card

Organize Your Floss

The most frustrating thing about cross stitching is where to put all your floss colors and how to organize them so you can find them easily. It pays to start with good organizational habits if possible and have a system in place before you throw your hands up in frustration trying to untangle a big ball of thread.

There are many excellent organizer systems on the market to store your thread. The most common is the craft box. They come in different sizes and will store a fair amount of floss. These are good if you use the bobbin method of storage.

When your transfer your floss to a bobbin, use the best bobbin you can, plastic ones are the best and they are relatively cheap. Use a marker to write the number of the floss on each bobbin and store your thread numerically. DMC 3321 DMC 3322 etc.

There are many new ways to store your quantities of floss available on the market. Look around and see what is reasonable for you to use. Many people make their own storage systems that work well too. I find the bobbin method the best for me, simply because it is easy to pluck the bobbins I need out of my boxes that are numerically numbered and transfer my thread to my stitching organizer.

Here are a couple of Floss Organizers Available on The Market.  These are from Joann.com

DMC StitchBow Floss Organizing SystemFloss Organizer

Organize Your Floss For Stitching

When you begin a cross stitch project, it is always great to have your thread organized and ready to go. There are many project floss organizers out there, some a little more elaborate than others, but they all accomplish the same goal. They keep your floss for your project organized and easily available to you as you work.

Each project organizer has two things in common. A place for your individual colors and the corresponding project number. It is just as easy to make your own floss project organizer and it works just as well as the store bought kind.

Another easy way to organize your floss for a project is to use a binder ring and just slide your bobbins in numerical order onto the ring. You can just pick up your ring and go with all your necessary colours with you.

If you have an extra little storage box you can pull the bobbins of floss from your larger storage boxes and put your floss for your project in numerical order in the small craft box.

Here are a couple of Floss Organizers Available on The Market.  These are from Joann.com.

Pako OrganizersDMC Floss Organizers

Make Your Own Project Cross Stitch Card

1. Find a stiff piece of cardboard. Any stiff cardboard will do. Cereal boxes, panty hose cardboard , used greeting cards.

2. Cut the card to about 10x5" or longer if you have a large project.

3. Punch holes down each side of the card and number the holes to correspond to the symbols or colors on your project.

4. Take a skien of stranded floss. Cut the floss into manageable lengths of about 20 inches and then double them and thread them through the appropriate holes. This project card is easy, free and works great. You are ready to begin your project all organized.

Charles Craft Aida Cloth 14 Count - Many Colors

Charles Craft Aida Cloth 14 Count - Many Colors

DMC Tapestry Hand Needles

DMC Tapestry Hand Needles

Boyle Cross Stitch Hand Needles  4/Pkg

Boyle Cross Stitch Hand Needles 4/Pkg

Coats & Clark Plastic Deluxe Super Grip Hoops - All Sizes!

Coats & Clark Plastic Deluxe Super Grip Hoops - All Sizes!

Susan Bates Hoop-La Embroidery Hoops

Susan Bates Hoop-La Embroidery Hoops

Oak Scroll Frame

Oak Scroll Frame

Ultra Fine Ultra Point Blades Needlework Scissors

Ultra Fine Ultra Point Blades Needlework Scissors

DMC Light Effects Metallic Floss Packs-Soft Jewels


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