Friday, August 11, 2006

SBQ 8/9/2006 - Everything in it's place

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

Until just a few months ago, I didn't have that much hand/over-dyed floss. The few skeins I did have were in individual Ziploc baggies in a little plastic box. However, when I won the hand-dyed collection from The Gift of Stitching in May, I knew I had to come up with something better! So now my hand-dyeds live in plastic drawers. The top set of drawers is a full set of Six-Strand Sweets, sorted alphabetically. The bottom set is organized by color. I also made a database where I can search by floss color, name, maker, or fiber type. Now I just have to remember to update the database when I use up a color....

I haven't been doing much stitching this week, sadly. I did just one little length of metallic on the mermaids last night - hopefully I'll have a bit more to show after next Monday's session! I've also puttered around with the Debbie Draper sampler, and started a pattern from the Shepherd's Bush "Father Yule" booklet that I think will make a cute little ornament. (It can't be anything else, since I cut my fabbie a bit too small. Guess that is what I get for trying to "stretch" my hand-dyed fabric!)

Oh, and I have a question for those of you who do ornaments with matboard - where do you get the matboard? And how do you cut it? I don't want to do anymore pillow ornaments right now, I'm kind of tired of that look. I like the "crisp" corners and limited poofiness of the ornaments done the way Dani outlined in her tutorial.

Have a lovely weekend, all!!

7 comments:

Jenn said...

I get my matboard at Hobby Lobby. They usually have it with the artists supplies rather than with needlework, though. I think most stores carry only 1/4", becuase I've only found one (out of 8 I've hit) that carried 3/8 or 1/2.

Juanita - aka flosslady said...

Oooh... nice thread collection!

jymisgurl said...

I get matboard at the LNS. They give out scraps free, and I can either cut them myself with a razor, or ask them to cut it for me. I usually let them cut them, since I can't get the lines straight.

Darla said...

Your local frame shop should have mat scraps available.

tkdchick said...

You could go to Michales or a framing shop and buy yourself a full sheet. Or ask your framer if they are willing to give away/sell scraps! They don't keep full sheets in sight you have to ask at the counter.

I use the scraps from my framing. I'd send you some but mat board gets heavy fast.

You could aslo try art supply stores.

I get mine at my framing supplier

As for cutting, since I have one I use my mat cutter. If I didn't or I don't feel like getting it out a heavy duty exacto knife and a ruler does the trick!

Karin said...

That's an awesome storage cabinet! I'm very envious.

Meari said...

Nice storage cabinets!

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