I spent some of the weekend trying to corral my needlework and craft supplies. I had WIPs, finished projects, fabric, charts, kits, magazines, hoops, and more stacked in many little piles around the room.
I threw a few things away, recycled some others, and put the rest into plastic storage bins.
But, I have a hard time getting rid of threads, even threads I will probably never use again.
Many of these threads were bought for a specific project or else they came with a kit, but some of the threads are so old I no longer remember why I have them. Here are a few examples:
I have a plastic storage box that contains a number of colors of DMC threads on bobbins. I only know they are DMC threads because that was all I bought back in the day. DMC is still my go-to embroidery floss brand. But, the bobbins are not labelled. I know I could probably match them to my DMC color card and figure it out, but for now they sit in the miscellaneous thread box.
The miscellaneous thread box also contains some random skeins of J.P. Coats and Anchor threads. These are the only Coats and Anchors threads I own, so I am unlikely to use them at this point. At least the Coats threads are black and white, so I could probably get away with mixing them with DMC.
Then I have some random balls of perle cotton thread. Two of the white balls were purchased for a hardanger project that I never completed, and the other three balls of thread were for a counted canvaswork piece I stitched a year or so ago.
Finally, we have the random specialty threads. These threads all came with kits or were bought for specific projects.
The problem is that these are all orphan threads. I’m not likely to use them again unless I purposely create or adapt a project to use them up. So, I don’t know what to do with them other than throw them in ziploc-type baggies and then throw the baggies into one of the plastic storage bins.
Does anyone have any creative storage or organization for miscellaneous orphan threads? I would love to see or hear what others do!