The last item to look at in our studio organization series is thread storage. Are your threads a tangled mess? Can’t find anything? If you happen to use a lot of thread colors or types of thread, storing them well is mandatory!
This unit holds my thread by color. It is made for paper, so it has shallow draws. That is the best part for thread storage as my threads are only “Two Deep” and I can easily find what I want. But it’s not as sturdy as I’d like so I do not move it around. So far so good!
I used to keep my thread in this unit under my sewing desk. These can be found anywhere that sells clear containers. I’ve had mine a long time. The problem with this unit is that the lower drawers are deep. This makes them less useful as I can’t find anything. And yes this is a REAL photo of the thread dumped in there! I have boxes of threads behind what you see, so it’s actually sort of useable as these are my most used colors from my collection with Aurifil.
And I have skeins and balls of hand work threads. I tried a lot of storage ideas and these are the best for me. The long skinny drawers help me keep them somewhat tidy. You and find these at craft stores. I have many of them stacked in my pantry storage… stacked high… but we won’t discuss that… wink!
Here are some other thread storage ideas:
- Thread, Thread Everywhere – Sonya’s Snippets
- Kerry’s Craft Room Storage Ideas
- June’s behind the door storage idea – Updated – more thread storage
- Vikki’s studio – scroll down for this creative one
- For a WOW factor, see how Christine stores her threads
We’ve had a few questions from our readers:
- From Susan … I have a question that so far I have not seen anyone address. I too like to sort by color, it makes it easier for choosing fabric for a certain quilt. But how do you sort multicolored fabric, when one color is not the focus?
My response… Most of the time a multi-color fabric has a BASE color.. white.. black… navy. Audition the fabric in the different groups you have until it feels at home. There is no right answer, just where it fits for you.
- Megan asks … How you organize by project? I have whole kits made up for quilts, how would you get those into your purging/cleaning?
My response… If my kit has not been started I have a box for those. My “future project box”. I must STILL love it for it to stay there waiting it’s turn. I regularly check to be sure I’ve not grown tired of it. If I have grown tired, and still love the fabric, the fabric is removed and stored with color.
- TheaM asks … When it comes to storage and organization, I need help with methods that work with sloped ceilings! All my previous sewing studios have had 8′ walls. Now I’m in a studio with 4′ walls and sloped ceilings! It doesn’t leave much wall storage or design area – and most of the ideas I’ve had so far have not worked out as well as I’d hoped – having to limit ‘standing areas’ and ‘short zones’ too, so floor plans are awkward. Help!
My response… This is very tough Thea. Maybe custom shelves that fit up to the slope nicely. If you have a cutting table it should have shelves under it as well. A design wall can be movable, so you lean it against the slope and move it when it’s in the way. I am thinking you need a secondary storage area that has more space.. wink!
We have several items to give away for today’s post. See below for how you can WIN!
Just last week, Melissa Stramel from Lilac Lane released this great pattern that you can make for keeping all of your rulers in one place: Quilters Rule! Melissa has generously donated five PDF copies of her new pattern.
Skill level: Advanced Beginner
Finished Size: 17″ x 28″
It’s time to get organized! Get started with a case that will hold all your quilting rulers as well as notions. It’s perfect for traveling to quilt retreats, but equally handy for keeping all your rulers together when you’re at home. No more searching for the lost one!
Book and Magazine from Interweave
The fine folks at Interweave have donated this book: Inside the Creative Studio: Inspiration and Ideas for Your Art and Craft Space and the latest copy of Studios magazine.
Dropbox and Evernote
Last week, Michele in her Digital Storage post shared with us how much she loves both Dropbox and Evernote for keeping her digital life organized. We have a few more upgrade codes to give-away with this post for both.
How to Enter
You have two ways to enter the give-aways. First, leave a comment below answering one of the questions from our readers above or share your favorite organization tip.. make it a good one! Second, enter the link party below showing off your “after” or “in progress” organized, creative space or your thread storage.
To join the link party: create a NEW blog post (within the last week) on your own blog, take a photo or several photos for your blog post. Link back to this post, or to the Learning Center main page. Come back to this page and add your post to our Link Party below.
All winners will be randomly selected Thursday, March 8th. If you have questions or need help joining the link party, contact Michele.
Please note: Links not following the rules indicated above will be removed.
That's a wrap...
This is the end of our Studio Organization series. Did you miss a post? Here's a recap...
- Organization 101 a la Pat Sloan
- A Space of your Own - Share your "before" photos
- Project Management & Storage Tips
- From our Guests: Creative Ideas and Tips for Storage
- More Studio Organization Tips and Guest Carrie Nelson
- Fabric Storage Tips and Share your stash to Win!
- Ideas for Magazines, Books & Patterns and Digital Storage Solutions
What did you think of the first month of the Learning Center? Fun eh?
Starting Thursday, the first day of March, our new topic for the month will be Quilting: Back to Basics. See you then!
Pat Sloan is owner and founder of the quilting design and publishing company Pat Sloan & Co. She has published over 25 books, more than 100 patterns, nearly 10 fabric lines, and has had her work featured in all the major Quilt magazines. In January 2010, Pat started hosting her weekly Internet Radio show called Creative Talk Radio.
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