Stitching Bloggers’ Question of the Week: Fabric Organization?

I’ve been wait­ing eager­ly for this week’s SBQ. I don’t know why, I just have. They some­times remind me of stash I don’t think about often enough.

Do you have an orga­ni­za­tion­al sys­tem for your fab­ric? If so, what is it? If not, what do you store your fab­ric in?

How do peo­ple store their fab­ric, espe­cial­ly those small but poten­tial­ly usable pieces? Do they sort by count? How do they label it or oth­er­wise know what each piece is?

I nev­er real­ly thought about label­ing them. I’ll start doing that in the future. I’m usu­al­ly so excit­ed when I buy mate­r­i­al for a project, though, that I can’t resist start­ing on it right away. It’s only the much old­er stuff that needs label­ing!


I can tell what most are just by look­ing at them. I’ve got a nifty lit­tle ruler for thread counts if I have any trou­ble deter­min­ing that visu­al­ly. Any­thing that isn’t a neu­tral col­or has been pur­chased for a spe­cif­ic project, so I know imme­di­ate­ly, for instance, “oh, that’s for the sec­ond set of the Amaryl­lis Art­works man­dalas” (yes, I love those so much I intend to stitch them again).

Almost all of my cloth is even­weave, but there’s some linen and even a lit­tle bit of aida and hardan­ger that dates back to my teen years when I start­ed stitch­ing. (I gave away most of that old stuff via Freecy­cle last year, then found more!)

All of it is stored in a set of plas­tic draw­ers with some cedar balls tossed in. We don’t have a prob­lem with moths, but I don’t want to take any chances and I do love the scent.

No pic­ture this time — things are all top­sy-turvy and I can’t get to my draw­ers to get a pho­to.

I couldn’t stand it. I had to do pho­tos.

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SBQ: Over- or hand-dyed flosses

stash!The Stitch­ing Blog­gers Ques­tion of the Week is:

For those of you who use hand or over-dyed floss, how do you store it?

I use the same plas­tic bob­bins that I use for most of my fibers. I haven’t had any prob­lems with it, or heard of any argu­ments against doing so.

I like being ablle to keep the cur­rent project’s fibers all on the same project ring. They’re also eas­i­ly stored with the rest of my fibers in tack­le-type box­es.

If you click on the pho­tos, you’ll go to the larg­er ver­sions 😉

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The Challenge and a challenge/invitation

A few days ago I referred to the Change Your Life Chal­lenge, but I didn’t real­ly explain much, as I was in a bit of a rush at the time. I’ve been so excit­ed about it, too, that some part of me thinks that of course every­body knows what it is!

Not so, sil­ly Cyn.

So let me back up, and explain a lit­tle more about WHY I want to do it, and why I’d think any of you would have any rea­son to plunk down mon­ey to do it, too.

Every morn­ing, no mat­ter what else my email brings, I know there’ll be an uplift­ing mes­sage from Brook Noel. I’m hon­est­ly not a big fan of most gener­ic affir­ma­tions or inspi­ra­tional newslet­ters, but some­how Brook’s dai­ly Good Morn­ings don’t annoy me. They avoid glurge, and I fre­quent­ly add her quotes and affir­ma­tions to my Pop­Up Wis­dom file.

I first “met” Brooke through her book, The Change Your Life Chal­lenge, which I found at a local book­store a few months ago. I learned that the book is actu­al­ly based on a suc­cess­ful online pro­gram, looked it up, and was intrigued. It promis­es to teach:

  • A step-by-step sys­tem for con­quer­ing clut­ter and keep­ing your home clean
  • How to recre­ate the din­ner hour and man­age meal­times
  • How to make time work for you —instead of against you
  • How to dis­cov­er and live by your core val­ues and beliefs
  • How to imple­ment the sim­plest “diet” in the world
  • The “key” to nev­er for­get­ting any­thing
  • How to improve your rela­tion­ships with the “5-Minute Mir­a­cle”
  • How to end pro­cras­ti­na­tion
  • How to imple­ment a bud­get and man­age your mon­ey
  • And much more!

I was wor­ried because of the “70 day” part, though. What busi­ness did I have sign­ing myself up for yet anoth­er cal­en­dar-bound thing that I’d end up hav­ing trou­ble with?

Well, I list­ed to Brooke’s pod­cast last Mon­day, and she hap­pened to say that if she could go back and change any­thing, she would reti­tle the pro­gram as “A 70 STEP Life Makeover Pro­gram” and toss out the idea of tying it to the cal­en­dar. For­ward motion is impor­tant, but mak­ing it fit your life is more impor­tant.

So yes, the Chal­lenge is very much doable for any­one, includ­ing those of us who have chron­ic ill­ness­es. It’ll be even more so in a small group of women who under­stand each other’s issues.

So here’s my chal­lenge: I’m going to begin the 70 Step Chal­lenge on July 15. I’ve set up a pri­vate group for any­one who joins up to do it with me. You’ll have all the nor­mal (exten­sive!) sup­port of the orga­ni­za­tion — there are thou­sands of peo­ple on her lists! — as well as a chance to build friend­ships with­in a small­er group of peo­ple in my group. We’ll do some chats, set up “bud­dies,” and use oth­er tech­niques to help each oth­er suc­ceed. We won’t get tied up in rush­ing through the chal­lenge as much as in work­ing it with a sense of bal­ance.

Won’t you join me? I’d love to get to know you bet­ter, and it’s always good to have more friends and a bet­ter sup­port net­work.

I’m tak­ing the Challenge.….are you?
Take the Change Your Life Chal­lenge:
A  70 Day Life Makeover Pro­gram for Women


If you join through this link, I’ll be informed and will invite you to the pri­vate sup­port group with­in 24 hours. I do hope to hear from you soon!

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I want to do this

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I’ve thought about it for about a month. I’ve bought the book and looked it over. I decid­ed that I real­ly need bud­dies to do it with. Any­body will­ing to go through the pro­gram with me?

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