OK. No, this has nothing to do with George Eliot's novel or misguided love or floods or anything like that. It just sounded catchy! Because this post is about - er - floss. The stitching kind.
I have a major collection of DMC cotton floss. For many years my free time was spent doing cross-stitch. I was working and raising a family, and there was little time for hand work. Cross stitch is something I can do in small blocks of time and I love the way the colors build up a picture.
Up until recently, I stored my floss in two small parts cabinets, sorted by DMC number. Finding colors specified in a pattern is really easy with this kind of system. Although it gets a little messy, it has worked so far.
More recently, however, my embroidery work has been in the form of embellishments. In some cases I have designed my own pattern and I hope to do more of that. Which means I am choosing my threads by color. Which is downright impossible to do in the current system!
So, I've been winding skeins of floss onto thread cards. And storing them in this:
They are still sorted by DMC number at this point. I still have some patterns I want to stitch. But I can also see the colors easily and choose just what I need.
Now, winding threads is kind of mindless work. Great for sitting in front of a TV show or video. Or, even thinking! Except for the tangling part, that is. So I came up with a system using these two jam jars. They are just the right size for a skein and the tangling is reduced by quite a bit.