Can you believe we have been exploring creative spaces for five weeks now??! I know - amazing. I don't know about you, but I'm loving all of the terrific ideas and fabulous spaces everyone is sharing. So.Much.Fun.
This week I'm diving into the embellishment dilemma - all of those little itty bitty tidbits that are absolutely necessary to the craft, but can be a real pill to deal with. Because they are so small. Because there are SO many of them! Yikes!
How do I deal with all of those colorful, plentiful spools and buttons? Well, if you've been visiting me each week, you already know I'm a HUGE fan of closed storage. Therefore, it's no big surprise that for most of my little goodies, I use - yep, you guessed it - closed storage!
I dream longingly of beautiful, elegant wooden thread cabinets. Dream.....yup, but don't have. What I do have - and works pretty good, I must say, are these adorable little cardboard drawers. Inside are my most frequent go-to threads (why, yes, fellow quilter, they ARE Aurifil threads. Are there any others????).
Each drawer is organized by thread weight and type (40 wt, 50wt, and a personal favorite - wool). When I pull open a drawer, I can easily which threads I have and the color. So while it's not super fancy, it's working pretty well.
Once I filled those up - and let's face it, you REALLY can't have too many threads - I of course couldn't find more drawers just like those. So I had to find something different. And in came these handy dandy wide cardboard drawers. You're in luck - I found these last year at back-to-school time, so you can probably find something similar.
While the spools won't stand up in these flatter drawers, the plus side is they WILL lay nice and flat. So again, I can pull open the drawer and see which Aurifil 12 wt I have when I'm looking to do some top stitching.
Or which Aurifil floss color I need (and YES - I MAY have a thread problem...or maybe I just have a proclivity toward awesome colorful threads......just saying).
I also have a fondness for all things vintage. Such as my grandmother's wooden spools and cotton threads. Beautiful. Can't be used - but lovely to look at. So I house those in an antique Lance cracker jar, salvaged from the small country general store she and my grandfather ran years ago.
And her button collection (vintage now, but not in her day!) sits right next to the thread jar, safe from dust in an old mason jar. Remember the open cubbie bookcase from last week's post? These sit on top of that curtained cabinet, safe from the playful Felix (my ever present Quality Control Inspector) and his paws.
But not all the storage is closed. Some frequently used items (mostly pins) are guarded by Ralph, my faithful elf, in open buckets with cheerful ribbon handles. I like the ease of the buckets - easy to grab a bucket, pull what I need from it, and tuck it back on the shelf.
I can't wait to see what Cherry, Jackie, Toni, Vicki, Swan and the rest of the designers have to share with you about dealing with thread, buttons and embellishments! I'm sure they are going to have some great ideas and suggestions (and I may just have to borrow a few of the ideas myself!).
Share with me how you handle your thread, button and embellishment storage! I'd like to see how everyone deals with all of the little tidbits of sewing!
Before you leave - there are some AWESOME giveaways for this week. One lucky winner will receive a thread collection from the always amazing, ever inspiring folks at Aurifil.
And because so many generous folks want to share with you, I'll select one lucky person from the comments on my Instagram feed (don't forget to follow me while you're there!) will win a super stack of felted wool from the folks at National Nonwovens. AND....drumroll....I'll choose one person from the comments on my Facebook page to win a mystery fabric prize as well. Yes, that's three different prizes!
All winners chosen randomly from all entries in the Gleam widget, comments on Instagram or comments on Facebook, as mentioned above.I'm so glad you stopped by - and I look forward to seeing you next week! In the meantime, set your calendars to check out everyone's posts. Comments and giveaway for this post have closed. Thank you.
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