I get asked this question at least once a week. Why the heck do I store my embroidery floss on clothespins?
The short answer is because I have always done it that way.
But there is also a long answer...
Because it saves my sanity. Keep in mind that I own a minimum 1 skein of every DMC color, more skeins for more commonly used color palettes. The bridal bouquets that I create typically use 20+ colors each. And I always have multiple projects going on at one time. So organization is key. I usually keep each project's floss in a pencil case or a bowl so that nothing gets mixed up.
When stored on clothespins, I find that the embroidery floss does not tangle as much and the end of the floss is kept secure. This is especially helpful when that floss clothespin gets shoved in between the couch cushions or has been taken on an adventure by one of my kids. I can't tell you how many times I have found a floss clothespin down at the bottom of the toy box. Now that my kids are getting older, that happens less and less... but you get the idea.
Storage is another aspect. I store all my floss clothespins in two vintage wooden soda crates. I sort them by color family. I love that I can visibly see what colors I have fully stocked and where I might be running low. Plus, in my opinion, they are just pretty to look at.
Travel. I routinely take my embroidery wherever I go. Soccer practice, a road trip, or even moving from my studio to the couch to binge-watch some Netflix after the kids go to bed. These clothespins travel really very well.
So there is the long and short of it. And because I also get asked this once a week, here a link is where I purchase my clothespins.
But I would love to hear from you... How do you store your embroidery floss and why?
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