tipsy-tuesday {floss and needle storage}

The more you start to love embroidery (or any craft for that matter) the more you start to pick up supplies and other tools and then are left with how to store and organize all the required tools. Embroidery floss is one of those things that is a bear to figure out how to store.

Needle and floss storage ideas

To start with you have this lovely skein of floss that looks so nice and neat. Then as you start to pull out strands to sew with you eventually end up with a mess.

There are a myriad of ways to organize and store your floss and I’ve gone through a couple of different types.

Needle and floss storage ideas

1. cardboard thingys: back in the day when I was a big cross-stitcher (and had no children running around) I would sit and wind all my floss on these little cards, write the corresponding number on them and then file them in a lovely little box. It’s a fairly cheap way to store your floss. As I started to grow my embroidery business and gather up more and more threads, I realized that I was never going to keep up with winding my floss on these cards and furthermore I didn’t like the plastic thread boxes. Now, there are many amazing embroiderers out there who have absolutely stunning thread boxes. So if this is the way your brain loves to organize…go for it.

2. clothespins: this has become my favorite way to store floss. I usually keep my floss as it comes as long as it stays intact and doesn’t knot up (see the yellow floss above). When it does start to get all knotty, I just wind it on a clothespin. This is what works for me.  Clothespins are also great because you can clip them on your embroidery piece if you need too.

3. dmc thread things: these are crazy. I bought a pack of these and the idea is that you just slide your skein of thread onto these and voila…no winding or anything. These never worked for me and honestly they are the most expensive of the three options.

Another little tip I’ve discovered is an easy and fun place to store your needles. There are lots of awesome vintage and handmade needle holders, but I opted to make a quick one out of an empty pencil lead holder.

Needle and floss storage ideas

All you need is an empty lead box, some fun washi tape and you are done.

Needle and floss storage ideas

throwback thursday {my first custom order}

On Thursdays I pull from my years of archives and look back and where I’ve come. It’s a funny little journey I’ve been on and looking back like this gives me an opportunity to count the many blessings along the way. Today we look back at my first custom embroidery order. Custom orders are the joy of my shop right now and I love nothing more than designing and creating the perfect, one of a kind embroidery for a customer. It’s awesome to look back and see that this was the point where my custom designing got started.

 

Receiving Blankets
custom receiving blankets

Custom Monogramed Receiving Blanket
this is the first monogrammed one I’ve done and I really love how it turned out. Probably one of my favorites I’ve done in the past little while.

I'm a Little Teapot Receiving Blanket
The teapot was a request and while I think it’s pretty cute, I’m not 100% satisfied with how it turned out. The last time I did this one it was on a little t-shirt, so it could be that it just wasn’t large enough. Not sure.

Cute as a Button onesie
Last was this “cute as a button” onesie. After doing nothing but backstitch for the past little while, it was fun to throw a little spice into the mix and sew on a “button” with a special edge around it.

tip-sy tuesday {trick for threading a needle}

Introducing a new goal for myself: tip-sy tuesday! On Tuesdays, I hope to offer a quick little tip that I’ve learned or use with sewing or maybe just in general life.

Today I’m going to show you a neat little trick for threading a needle; especially good to use with new little seamstresses. Last spring I was introduced to the Loran needle threaders. They are pretty neat and do a great job threading needles. I bought them for all my 7-14 year old sewing school students and it opened up a whole new world for them (and me…not having to chase back and forth re-threading needles).

loran needle threader

These little threaders are pretty inexpensive, at roughly $2 each, but having to buy a whole class set got pretty pricey. When I went to do my introductory class for using my new serger, my teacher there introduced me to floss threaders. While the Loran needle threaders are roughly $2 each, I can buy a pack of 50 of these floss threaders for less than that!

 

So here’s what you need:

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~ A pack of floss threaders (I found mine at Walmart for less than $1.50 for the pack of 50 and it came with a case!)
~ a needle (we use chenille size 22 needles in my sewing classes)
~ some thread (in class we use crochet thread…which is a little bit thicker but holds up better for stitching with and it’s way cheaper than buying embroidery floss)

And here’s how to do it!

throwback thursday {notes from the archives}

Every Thursday (that I remember) I’m trying to pull from my years of archives. It’s fun and yet scary to read back through years of my life via this little blog. It shows all the many roads the Lord has taken me on and makes me realize how crazy it is that I’m making some sense of a living sewing. Today I bring you a repost on a stuffed doll I attempted to make back in August 2009. I think it’s the last time I attempted to make a stuffed anything. Enjoy

Whimsey Dolls

Every time I attempt to make a stuffed doll it all comes back to me why I never try to make stuffed things. Nevertheless, I tried this doll once. Gave up.

Whimsey Dolls: flowers

Tried her again.

Whimsey Dolls: Cat

And seriously don’t know if I’ll have it in me to make another.

But the chick loves hers and hopefully our little birthday recipient will like hers too come Sunday.

p.s. the pattern isn’t mine. It is from bitofwhimseyprims etsy shop. Hers are much cuter! :)