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Do you have a method for organizing your floss?  I have always kept my DMC floss on bobbins stored in those plastic craft boxes arranged by number.  This method has worked well for me.  But what do you do with all those over-dyed floss’s that we are using these days?  After several years of stitching with them I have accumulated quite a few and needed a way to organize them.  I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve bought a particular color only to discover that I already had one that I could have used.  So I have come up with a method that I think will work for me.

I bought a plastic storage box (Michael’s or Staples), plastic floss bags (stitching aisle at Hobby Lobby), card stock and file labels (mine are from Staples-Martha Stewart).

I made bigger cards for dividers and attached these cute paper clips that I also found at Staples.  I arranged my floss by brand in alphabetical order.

I had to trim down my card stock to fit in the floss bags.  The bags already come with holes punched in the corners to add rings to them for a project.  I used a hole punch to punch the card stock in the same spot as the holes on the bags.  You can find these bags in the stitching section at Hobby Lobby or Joanne.  I then added a file label to write the name of the floss.  This makes it so much easier to keep track of what I have. 

These bags of floss are for future project’s, I didn’t want to add them to the rest of the inventory because I want to make sure I don’t use them for something else.  I just put a post-it in the bag with the name of the chart they go to.

One more great tool for organizing floss is the x-stitcher app for Iphone from Coffee Shop Works.  Right now they only have the app for DMC and Anchor but they used to have one for Weeks and Gentle Art.  I was lucky enough to get one before they were gone.  They did mention that it may be added back on to the x-stitcher app for DMC.  So go to their facebook page and request the app for the specialty threads, the reason it went away was due to it not being very popular.  These apps are fantastic, you can keep an inventory of your thread on your phone, create a shopping list and there is a feature for putting in projects and assigning floss to those projects.  The app’s are $1.99, less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks and they are a valuable tool for keeping track of what you have and what you need.  Your shopping list and inventory are always at your fingertips!

I hope you have enjoyed my floss organization system and if you have a floss organization system that works for you please feel free to comment and let me know how you keep track of your stash.  Until next time Happy Stitching!!

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We are having a beautiful spring-like day here, the sun is shining and it’s supposed to be a warm day.  I thought today would be a good day to share with you something that I have been working on for the past few months.  I designed a piece based on one of my favorite book series, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  The name of the piece is Dragonfly in Amber.  I really stepped out of my box to do this piece, I have never done stump-work and truthfully I was a little terrified to try to pull this off.  But my determination to make an actual dragonfly with wings that lift from the linen pushed me forward. 

The wings of the dragonfly are made of an amber-gold organza that I couched over jewelry wire and cut out.  His body is made up of roughly 100-150 French knots.  The bands were worked with silk lame braid that has a shimmer to it along with a variegated Caron Collection Waterlilies silk.  There are also amber colored beads in the bands as well as the eyes of the dragonfly and pearl beads between the hearts.  The pearl beads represent Claire’s pearls that were Jamie’s mothers that he gave her on their wedding day.  One of the bands was worked in Scotch and reverse Scotch stitch to represent Scotland where Outlander takes place.  If you have read Outlander this will all make sense to you.

I have actually made two of these, the first one was a little different; it had a verse where I have placed my initials.  The verse ,by Catullus, was a verse used in the first book when the dragonfly in amber was given to Claire. Then let amorous kisses dwell on our lips begin and tell. A thousand and a hundred score, a hundred and a thousand more.  I can’t really share much about the first piece with you, it is a gift for someone so I will keep it under wraps until they have received it. This piece I did for myself and to enter in the original design category in our State Fair.  I had to reduce the size a bit to meet the qualifications of the category.  I wasn’t able to make the verse work in a smaller space so I opted to use my initials instead.  I’m very happy with the way it turned out.

I wish you could see this in person so that you could see how it shimmers when the light hits the wings and the silk lame braid in the bands.  I will take more photos after it’s been framed.  I hope you all are having a beautiful spring-like day where you are.  Until next time happy stitching!!

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Oh dear, it has been way too long since I last posted on my blog.  Life certainly has a way of making a girl way too busy.  This year is off to a rough start.  I live in the Charleston WV area where several thousand gallons of crude MCHM (a coal cleaning chemical) leaked into our water supply, it’s been challenging to say the least.  You really never appreciate something until it’s gone.  Life is slowly returning to a new normal, we are still cooking with and consuming bottled water but showering, laundry and cleaning water is coming from the tap.  And I’m not going to get started on the weather. I’m ready for spring, it can’t come soon enough.  The crocus’s have started to come up,  can’t wait to see their little purple blooms.

I have finished several projects since my last post. I’m going to try to post them a little at a time over the coming weeks. Today I will share with you my Mary Victor reproduction sampler that is finally finished and framed.  It took me long enough but it was worth it, I couldn’t be more pleased with this piece.  And the frame looks amazing!  Pat, at Village Sampler in St. Albans WV, picked the frame and did an amazing job framing it.  It looks old and weathered and the pictures don’t do it justice.  Wish you could see it in person.

I hope all of you that stumble upon my blog are doing well.  Hopefully we will have mild weather and spring flowers very soon!!

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