How to Organize Your Embroidery Floss

Organizing your embroidery floss keeps it neat and untangled. It also allows you to keep track of what you have, so when you start a new project, you can see if you have the proper colors for the project at a glance. Floss generally comes in skeins, which can become tangled easily.

Using Bobbins to Catalog Embroidery Thread
Floss bobbins are heavy-duty, square cardstock that look a bit like a dog bone. The floss is wrapped around the indented center of the bobbin. It can then be stored in bobbin boxes. There is enough room on the end of the bobbin to write the color number of the floss, so that it is easy to see and categorize.

Bobbin boxes can be purchased at any craft store. The boxes are divided into sections. Depending on how many skeins of floss are wrapped onto one bobbin, each section can hold one to five bobbins.

Once the floss is wrapped on bobbins, you must decide how you want to categorize the floss. You can categorize by color or by number. Since most patterns use the color number, it may be easier to put the bobbins in the box in numerical order. This will allow you to easily glance through the box and grab the right color.

Floss Organizers
A floss organizer is made from plastic or cardboard and has padded slots to hold skeins of floss. You can use floss organizers to organize a collection of floss, or you can use one for each project. If each project has its own organizer, you can hang the skeins on the organizer and you will be able to grab one strand at a time.

These organizers are a better choice for those who want to keep skeins loose, rather than wrapping them on a bobbin. For those who embroider by hand, storing floss and embroidery needles in this type of organizer may be more efficient, since you won't need to unwind the floss from bobbins while you work.

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