Beginning Embroidery Floss Tips

I’ve recently picked up my embroidery projects again and I’m loving the simplicity of stitching while I watch TV at the end of the day with my husband. I’ve got my big zenbroidery project that I’ve been playing with again which meant I needed to pick up a few new colors of floss to round out my collection that I’m using.

That got me to thinking about the way I’m organizing my stash. Originally I had my floss collection all wrapped around some plastic Darice bobbins and tucked away in a clear box that was falling apart and looking pretty shabby. I mean, to be honest, it was the same box I used as a teenager to make friendship bracelets.

With my new floss in hand, I sat down to declutter and organized my collection. I’m a huge believer in using the plastic Darice floss bobbins* because I find that these are more sturdy than the cardboard ones.

I also don’t write my floss ID number on the bobbin. Instead, I cut the number off the floss and wind it with the thread.

It makes for simple identification of each color and also makes organizing super simple.

I added those hearts when I was younger and I’m thinking of sticking to it. It adds a little pizzaz to each bobbin.

I have an adopted set of floss from a friend and those are wrapped on cardboard bobbins and a pen and/or pencil was used to mark the colors. Those, I’m finding, are fading and can be hard to read. A good example of why I choose to mark and store my floss the way I do.

By some luck, my husband had some clear plastic cases in his new tool kit that he wasn’t going to use. They are meant for nails and screws. I took one look and realized they would be the perfect fit for my floss stash. And they are smaller so I can take them away with me and carry them in my purse rather than hauling along the big ol’ plastic cases.

Ah! There is something so satisfying when I see all those well wrapped and organized colors lined up. Very comforting.

Well, hobbyists, if you are a beginning embroiderer, these might be some worthy tips to consider. Now if you search on Pinterest, there are LOADS of other tips so use your fingers and do some Googling to find the methods that work best for you!

And if you want to see more on my reorganization of craft room and all my supplies, check out my Youtube video on my recent decluttering! Don’t forget to subscribe that you don’t miss any new videos!

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The Splendid Sampler: Block 3 Lots of Love

Block 3 for the Splendid Sampler went live while I was in Pasadena at QuiltCon. So I came home and instantly printed it so I wouldn’t fall too far behind. I was already finished with block 1 but I had yet to start block 2. While this whole process isn’t a race I definitely wanted to stay on track so I didn’t get frustrated.

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This blocked looked fairly easy from the directions except that I’m having a difficult time seeing the true size of these blocks. They seem easy because in my mind I’m seeing a huge block, not a 6 in finished product. Yikes…

This would make most of the pieces used to create these hearts miniscule. But never fear, I’m on it and I plan to take on every block no matter how difficult!

Luckily for me I have a good friend Sherry who sent me a link to a great blog posted at Bits From The Scrap Basket: Piecing Lots Of Love. This post saved my sanity! I really found it easy to follow.

Especially when the blocks are THIS little. I mean, really, these things are tiny! I’m not used to sewing anything this size but I made it through and felt pretty good about the whole process!

Luckily for me we had no plans Saturday and I had a head cold so I wasn’t going anywhere even if I was asked nicely. Instead I rested all morning and sewed all afternoon, get block 3 done in one day!

It’s so cute!!! And I love my color choices. Having that red to add a little pop to my Little Black Dress 2 set really makes the whole thing pull together nicely.

After making this block and posting a Periscope broadcast to show my progress, I realized there were a few things I had learned along the way that helped me make these teeny tiny blocks. So I sat down in my sewing room and put together a list of great items that I find necessary to get through this sampler project. Feel free to check out my Youtube video here or read the list below.

For me, I find these things have really helped me along.

  1. Starch. And lots of it!
  2. My purple thang. This tool really comes in handy to measure this seams.
  3. Sticky notes to write down anything thoughts on the patterns or to organize your cut pieces before sewing together.
  4. A fabric marker/pencil to help mark the diagonal stitching lines
  5. My Omnigrid 2.5 in ruler is a rock star!
  6. Using a fat quarter bundle with coordinating fabrics helps lessen the distractions of other fabrics and streamlines my color choices.
  7. The big one: Create a pattern binder. It keeps all the patterns together and you can store scrap fabrics in the pockets and your finished blocks in the sleeves with their corresponding patterns.

On to the next block!!!

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