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Thread Drops: Fun and Convenient Thread Organization


Today, I’m going to show you a fun and convenient way to organize your threads for your embroidery projects – Thread Drops! Have you seen these? Well, now’s your chance to see them! I’ll show you how they work, and I’ll tell you what I like about them.

Thread Drops for Organizing Needlework Threads

Thread Drops come in three styles, all three of which are shown above.

Thread Drops for Organizing Needlework Threads

The original Thread Drop is shaped like a drop (hence the name). It’s a drop-shaped thick card with a large hole punched in the middle, ample enough to hold your prepared skein of regular floss or even a larger hank of crewel wool. On the card, there’s plenty of room to write the thread type and color number. In the original Thread Drop package, there are 40 drops, bound in two groups of twenty on two metal rings.

Thread Drops for Organizing Needlework Threads

The second style is the Hop Hop Thread Drop – a bunny shaped thread drop, with two holes, one large and one smaller. The smaller hole accommodates threads that have been removed from the main skein. The Hop Hop thread drops come in packs of 20, all bound on a metal ring. On the card is a space for writing the thread type and color number.

Thread Drops for Organizing Needlework Threads

The third style of thread drops is the Flip Flop Thread Drop. It’s shaped like the sole of a flip-flop, with two smaller holes, one for threads from the larger skein, and one that’s perfect for threads you’ve already stripped from the rest of the floss, or for leftover long threads that can still be used. Like the bunnies, the flip-flops come in a package of 20, bound together on a metal ring, and with space on the flip-flop for writing thread information.

What I like about them: they’re a great way to set up lots of floss colors for larger projects, to keep them all bundled on convenient rings, and with a place to write thread info. I like all three styles, and I think the bunnies are really cute. I’m partial to the idea of the extra hole, because I always have stray single strands of floss that I don’t want to lose track of. Keeping the single strands out of the orts pile saves on thread, so it’s nice to have a place to hook up the single bits with the main skein.

The only disadvantage I see of thread drops is that once you’ve written on them, you’ve limited their use, unless you go a couple different routes: 1. use a pencil that erases easily; 2 you could use a removable sticker for your thread info, and peal off the sticker once the project is over (that’s the route I would go, if I were going to use the thread drops for multiple projects; 3. you could use permanent stickers that cover the previous-written color info. So the writing dilemma can actually be easily solved.

I’m all for any method of thread organization that works, that’s for sure, and I really like the idea of these thread drops!

You can find thread drops at your local needlework store. If they don’t have them in stock, ask for them. Maybe they’ll start carrying them regularly – but at least they could special order them for you if you want them!


(325) Comments

  1. I simply gather all my supplies and put them in a zip lock bag to keep them clean and usually only do one project at a time.

    Liz Williams


  2. I use envelopes with the number and type of thread on it. I then store these in a shoe box style rubbermaid container.

  3. Mary, my organizational style for threads is limited to say the least! For the project I am working on now, I have shoved the threads, beads, etc into a small plastic container and a box that housed a rotary cutter.


    Nita Carroll

  4. Hello… πŸ™‚

    Well boy do i need to sort out a thread organiser system. I have just started embroidery and got a delivery (today actually) of over 200 skeins of thread πŸ™‚ http://borninthewrongage.blogspot.com/ (see picture)

    My current method is hanging them over the lamp on my work desk:-) gets a bit cluttered. Would love any way to sort out the mess.

    Have a fantastic day,

    Sarah/Constance πŸ™‚

  5. I’ve been using a cardboard with cutouts for my colors. Similar to the plastic butterfly things they make with holes for the thread. But I was too cheap to pay $6 for a piece of plasctic. I like the idea if the bunny and flip flop for extra thread to save. I always save everything I can. Thanks, Kathy

  6. I use envelopes and photo albums. I write the name and the thread number on the front of the envelope and then tape a small sample of the thread right under the number. The numbers help if I am doing someone else’s pattern, but when I make up my own, the sample helps more.
    Mostly I hand quilt – although I can use a machine too. I love to crazy quilt and I used your videos to help me refine some stitches I did not know. I love the videos.

  7. I’ve been using cardboard with cutouts for my colors. I wasn’t going to pay six dollars for a piece of plasctic that was too small, like those butterfly things. I like the idea of the bunnies or the flip flops for saving thread.

  8. Please enter me in your thread-drop contest. All three styles look great.

    My favorite way of organizing threads for a project is on a ring. My specialty threads are on rings, so it’s very easy to transfer from that to a project ring. I have an “S” hook hanging on my floor lamp, and it holds the ring for the project I’m working on.

    I’ve made my own simple “thread drops” – rectangles of acid-free paper, with a hanging hole at one end, and two holes at the other (stacked) to run the thread through. I use an acid free pen to mark what’s on the card. [Came up with this to hold my DMC #5.


  9. Those are amazing!!
    Right now I organize thread by wrapping it around the label on the original skein. All the skeins are just in a sandwich bag. Not really the best method, but it works for now.

  10. Mary, are you psychic??? This morning I was skimming the web trying to decide on which system to use to organize my thread collection for projects!

    No, I don’t currently use any system to organize my threads for projects, so winning a package of thread drops would be a great impetus to act.

    Sharon Brodeuse in France

  11. I like the idea that there is a place to keep threads that have been removed from the main skein. Thus far I have kept embroidery floss on floss bobbins or on a strip. However, this isn’t a great way to keep track of loose threads. Overdyed threads are left on their origianl holders which often have a second hole which can be used for loose threads, but this gets in the way of putting them on a ring to keep threads for one project together. Wools are usually kept in small plastic bags. While all these methods work to some degree I havn’t been completely satisfied with any of these methods. The thread drops look like they would solve the problem — interesting. I haven’t seen them in any shops recently, but there aren’t any needlework shops nearby, just the chain stores.

  12. I haven’t gotten around to organizig my threads yet, and have just put one skein of each colour in a separate little bag..

  13. Please enter me in your thread-drop contest. All three styles look great.

    My favorite way of organizing threads for a project is on a ring. My specialty threads are on rings, so it’s very easy to transfer from that to a project ring. I have an “S” hook hanging on my floor lamp, and it holds the ring for the project I’m working on.

    I’ve made my own simple “thread drops” – rectangles of acid-free paper, with a hanging hole at one end, and two holes at the other (stacked) to run the thread through. I use an acid free pen to mark what’s on the card. [Came up with this to hold my DMC #5.

    (sorry if this came in twice – the Submit didn’t finish)

  14. Oh what a lovely giveaway – I tend to have my DMC’s on the standard cards then wrap the extra stray bits around the card – makes for a messy box after awhile. I’ve now just got into the hand dyed Country Garden Threads, which are just divine – I’d love to try these new designs to see what works best. I hold all threads together with the project, so as longs as the project get’s done reasonably quickly – they don’t get lost πŸ™‚ Cheers Jennifer

  15. I keep the skeins wound onto spools in a box and threaded needles stuck in a needle organiser.
    This can be a little difficult when stitching on the move. These are a wonderful idea.

  16. At the moment I’m not having a favorite thread organization technique … I’m a beginner and I’m still working on learning the different stitches. I read this blog every day from Italy. You’re great!

  17. Up to now I have used a piece of fairly thick cardboard, with sections cut out for each colour.
    I am so enjoying your emails.
    Best regards.

  18. Hi Mary,

    What a lovely way to organize threads for a project. I used to put 1 skein of the thread colors required in box before I saw thread cards like the ones you used in the Needle painting tutorial. Now I use them to organize my threads.

    Thanks for offering this cool giveaway!

  19. Dear,
    I used to cut card board in to a long strip and make the thread string around it. Like wise I am storing threads.
    Here your photo shows very good way of keeping threads.

  20. Those cards are fabulous! I do lots of cross stitch (used to anyway) and I used the little cards that came with the design. But this is so much better!

    Even if I don’t win the give-away (I loved the flip-flops) it’s definitely given me ideas to make my own.

  21. Hi Mary!
    I would like to participate in the give-away!
    I like to store my treads on plastic bobbins. I have a box to put them in and there is also room to place your scissors, pattern, needlebook, etc. It’s not a huge box, though. I drag the thing everywhere I go. The downside of the Bobbins is that the closer you get to the ‘end’, the more kinks in the tread. So I would definitely like to try the Drops!
    Gwen Kok from Dordrecht, the Netherlands.

  22. Wow! I do need these! I don’t presently use any system, but really need to…and these look great!

  23. Mary,
    I have struggled over the years to find the thread storage I like. Still haven’t quite found it. I like the thread drop. First I have seen of that. Right now I have threads in large plastic boxes, arranged in color value, and all of them in a plastic file holder. Works for me. Individual projects are usually arranged on a card board holder with holes. No place for the individual threads like the thread drop though. Thanks for the info.

  24. Right now, I use the floss bags. I like the organizational aspect of them, but I find them pretty inconvenient, having to open them, unwind the threads, then close them up again.

    Just wanted to say kudos on the new site – terrific!

  25. I’m just catching up after reading your using metallic threads..I create art quilts (using beads and threads) and never thought of using those threads when I do my hand stitching. I keep my threads/perle cotton on D rings (I also staple the wrapper with the color # onto the ring, in case I run out!). Thanks for so much info!

  26. I organize my threads in similar way. Only I use zip lock bags instead of paper labels. I also put those bags on rings (bags have little holes which are just the size of the ring). I have several rings – one for remaining color threads, and others for the project I am working on – every project with its colors on ring.
    When I am working, I just take one ring, pull the thread from particular bag and stitch, stitch, stitch πŸ™‚

  27. Mary I do organize my supplies before i start a project and its simple i keep a small container with all the threads wrapped on a reel with the number of the colour written on one side of the reel (you know the wooden spool type i write the number on one side)i keep a photo copy of the pattern ,scissor a pencil every thing in the container ….this way whereever i go i just grab the container and am ready to do my job anytime anywhere.

  28. It depends on the project. Small projects floss cards are held together with a very large safety pin. Larger projects floss cards are held together with a knitter’s stitch holder.

  29. I confess, I don’t organize my threads very well for most projects. I just dump them all in a zipper bag and call it good enough. If I have too many different threads to do the dump method, I will break out the floss-away bags and put them on a ring.

  30. Erm, I’m kind of a new embroiderer and do free-form stitching, so I make it all up as I go. Right now my only organizational technique is to throw all my threads into this owl lunchbox I have. It gets pretty tangled! So these would be terrific!

  31. I just wrap my threads on pencil stubs. But they get an annoying curl on them if I leave the threads for many days. I am planning to use key chain tabs for my first project, on which I will use many colors of threads.

  32. Dear Mary, I already knew you were generous, now I see that you are also brave! I’m afraid my scatty and haphazard ways will give you fits! I used to leave my thread in its original state and just wrap any left overs around the middle of it (and as like as not, stick the needle in there too!) Which of course resulted in a tangled mess. Now I use bits of paste board or stiff paper (usually those annoying things that fall out of magazines…bonus points if they smell nice!) or cardstock that sometimes comes in junkmail to cut out a squat “I” shape and wrap the thread around that, still wrapping the cut off and separated threads on top…Every once in a while I dump out my thread box and wind all the bits and pieces long enough to use on stray bits of rolled up paper or pasteboard and put the unuseable stuff in the garden for birds to use in their nests. Since I have never followed a pattern to the T in my life without making some changes, I don’t bother about types and color numbers–I generally just use whatever I happen to have on hand that looks best or take my work out to the shop and get whatever looks good with my other colors. Horrible, I know, but you did ask! Thanks for the thoughtful and useful give-away! I think you will agree I need it! barbobbi

  33. I use the cards with 8 holes–I’m not sure what they are called, but sometimes I use the arm of my chair. I guess I’m not very organized. Love your website.

  34. How neat are these ! What a great find Mary.
    I took your long and short embroidery lessons and I’ve started putting all my threads that I am using for a project like you showed us in the lessons.
    I have them all stored in a baggie, I know I shouldn’t but that’s where they are at. I have lots of threads on those thread cards on the quilt I am working on the Long and Short stitches out of Trish Burrs book.
    The rest of my floss is on floss cards , some I just recently died are on floss bows.
    You can see my dyed threads at
    Gotta love those floss bows for dyeing threads. Thelma B.

  35. Wow! What a wonderful idea. I have no thread organization except for a plastic box that holds it all. This would be so much more convenient – and pretty too. Love your emails. Have recommended it to all my stitching friends.

  36. I organize my threads using the plastic that comes from a six pack of soda, or beer, etc. It has six or eight holes that you can tie your threads to.

  37. I pull my colors for a project and then put the cards on a ring, sometimes two rings.

  38. Hi! I organize my threads with home-made cardboard thread-drops (almost drop shaped). I’d love to try the other shapes as well!

  39. I’m in the “not much organization” group. I try to keep threads in their original skeins as much as possible. Generally, I dump all threads for a project into a ziplock bag, which gets put into a larger ziplock with the fabric, instructions, etc. If I have lots of threads for a project, I’ll sometimes separate them into multiple zip locks, either by type of thread or by color family. Often this system works really well. . . other times not so much.

  40. To organize my thread or wool for a project I use a plastic clothes hanger with a hook that swivels (so I can hang it any which way). Along the bottom I loop each color the same way you show it looped into the drops. Thanks!

  41. Hi Mary,

    I LOVE this idea! Right now, I keep all of my embroidery floss in a giant Pyrex bowl (I’m a sucker for vintage Pyrex in those lovely colours). My unused colours stay in the bowl with the bands still attached. Once I use a colour, I wind up the excess and place it in a smaller felted bowl that I made. It holds my little pieces and a pair of embroidery scissors.
    Whenever I start a new piece, I try to use the colours in my little bowl first, but I have so many on the go now that this method is proving to be a little tricky! (I’m getting a nice little tangled ball of floss)
    So, Thread Drops look like an amazing solution! Not to mention how cute they are.
    Terri P. (from Toronto)

  42. I have made a roll like one for cutlery where I slide one skein into one pocket. The cut-off’s are just placed on top and make a bit of a mess, but who’s perfect? It’s ok as it doesn’t take up much space as the “book boxes” from DMC.

  43. I’m embarrassed to say that I do not have a method to organize my threads. Sadly, this hampers my efficiency in completing projects. Maybe thread drops will be the solution to my problem. Thanks for featuring them. I’ll check them out next time I’m shopping.

  44. Wow! These are really cool! I haven’t seen anything like these. I use multi-drawer units bought at my local hardware store for DMC floss labelled in numeric order, and for over dyed floss I have a photo box. My projects are all kitted up in large ziploc bags, with the floss in individual small ziploc bags, so I can store the full skiens and any smaller pieces all in one place.

    I had just discovered your site, and I love it! I come back to it all the time! And I love your video library, so helpful! Thank you for being there and helping me stitch!

    Melissa Joyes, SW Ontario, Canada

  45. I love these thread organizers!! What a great and astheticaly pleasing method! I have been using index cards that I cut in a similar fashion, two hole and a ring. they work but they don’t look so nice!
    Thanks for offing this as a give away!

  46. Interesting enough, I have organized threads using a large 3 ring binder type ring with each thread in an indvidual mini plastic bag. Sometimes I write on the bag, other times I put a small piece of paper with the thread’s infornmation in the bag.
    At home, I hang related threads on hooks on the wall. For taking away, I pop the threads, ring and all, into a large ziploc bag.
    Ruth Ann W. in London, Ontaris

  47. What useful little things! Right now I have a little fabric pouch I made to hold my threads while I’m working on something, not really the best system, but hey!

  48. I tend to use those metal rings for my threads, I can hang them off the edge of my frame, or even put it on my fingers.

  49. Well, that’s my problem — NO system. I pull the threads I need from either a plastic floss box (thread is on cards) or from a hanger with floss bags. They all go into a plastic bag. Not very satisfactory.

  50. Favorite thread organization hmmmmm…. let me think. On floss packages that are stapled with a card describing the brand and color etc.
    I punch a larger hole and put my threads on it and then put them in the half zip baggies so they stay clean. The thread drops sound wonderful!
    Thanks for all your inspriation!

  51. I would love to win this on behalf of my Mother. She loves to cross stitch but is always getting confused with her colors. She is retired and money is very tight as she lives on social security alone, so she does not have the means to buy a lot of supplies that would aid her in not mixing up her colors. My name is Teri D from Kentwood, Michigan.

  52. Mary,
    I enjoyed the review of the thread organizers. When I am working on a small project (12 different threads or less) I use the arm of my rocking chair to put the threads on just as shown in the large holes in the thread organizers. I do think the Hop Hop Thread Drop is a better way as I always have to hunt for the left overs that drop on the floor. I will ask my local needlework store to order some for me.
    P.S. I ordered two of the books that you last reviewed. I am really enjoying them. Keep those book reviews coming.

  53. I don’t have a good way to organize the thread. Wait, can I count hanging the extra single strands on the lampshade beside my chair? lol.


  54. Drawers are okay for long-term storage, but I struggled with storage for the threads in use for a given project. I’ve used the floss bobbins in the past, but I wanted something different for my more expensive threads that would allow me to keep them wound but not kinked and easily accessible and untangled while working on a particular project. I wanted something like a spool that I could obtain easily and inexpensively.

    After some experimentation, I found that empty prescription bottles work well. After removing the label, I use the tab on the body of the bottle to secure the end of the thread–there is a small gap on each side of the tab that is just right for the width of a skein–and then wind the floss around the outside of the bottle.

    Any loose or single threads can be stored inside. If necessary, the wound thread can be secured by tucking the end across the lip of the bottle and closing the cap onto it. I haven’t needed to do this yet, and I am sure it would crimp the very end, but it would be secure.

    As far as identification, I can tape on a label from the skein, or just write the color on a piece of tape that can be removed later for another color.

    I also tried this with film canisters, cutting a small slot into the side and then taping the cut edges to prevent snags, and that worked all right, but the prescription bottles generally have more room and I don’t have to cut anything.

  55. My DMC floss are on plastic bobbins, so when I am working on a project with floss I use a TV tray and spread them out in numerical order. If I am doing a crewel project, I put my wools in baggies by colors so I can just grab the bag with the color I’m working on. I use 2 or 3 gallon zip lock bags to keep my projects in.

    I would love to try the Thread Drops. :o)

  56. Mary, I would love to win some thread drops. They’d be perfect, not only for my embroidery thread, and crewel thread, but also my tatting threads. I have used a couple of plastic thread holders, but there are limited holes and no way to note the thread numbers. I have been using old bobbins and cardboard thread holders, but neither are very good solutions.Thanks for the opportunity.

  57. Well I have used the little card thingee for years…but mainly for storage…when I am working on a project, I have loose thread everywhere!!! Help please!!!

  58. Unfortunately my threads are not organized other than put in a plastic bag which I’m sure is probably not good for the thread. I am wanting to start a Fractile which has a lot of threads so some type of organization I’m sure would be beneficial.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Leslie from North Dakota

  59. I love this idea! I’ve been doing redwork for awhile and recently found your site which has inspired me to spread my wings. I’ve been using a product that comes in packing boxes. it’s kind of like styrofoam but more rubbery. I cut my floss about 20″, thread a lot of needles at one time and then I’ve cut the foamy stuff into small 2″ pieces. I bury the needle into the foam and gently wrap the floss around it. It is so handy to just grab it and go. I soooo hope I win!!

  60. i unfortunetely dont really organise my threads when in working on a project.. well i sort of do i use a project box but my treads for the project are loose and its often a pain especially whem the colors are very simmilar.
    thanks caroline

  61. I have a floss organizer that is plastic and a soft foam. The plastic runs down the center and has pegs to wrap your threads around and then the foam extends beyond the plastic on each long side with slits that keep the threads in place. The plastic has a slot on each end to insert these long narrow pieces of thick paper. You can write the symbols on the paper and see them along the top in theory matching up to the threads. I’m using it for the first time for a project I’m working on and I will not use it again. The paper won’t stay in place; the spaces for the symbols are so small that humans can’t possibly manage to write/draw in them; the paper is slick so you can’t use pencil and with pen you need to apply a lot of pressure for it to show up; getting the spaces on the paper to line up with the plastic spaces is next to impossible; the slits on the foam are so tight that if you have a stick skein of thread it won’t stay in place securely. I still think the idea is great, it just needs to be executed more effectively. It makes me think of something a man would devise to try to help you with a craft – kind, ingenious, and completely useless/impractical. LOL

  62. I usually keep my threads on their winder cards. When working on a project I will pull all of the colors needed from the storage trays and place them in a small “project box”. I love going to the dollar store for different color or shape boxes. Many projects = many little boxes.

  63. The method I have used for 40 years is small envelopes-the letter size not #10 – I usually write the type f thread, the symbol if necessary, the number of strands for BS or fill stitch, and the number if repurchase is necessary. This has helped me keep the left overs together to save on thread! BUT I love the idea of the drops. I would throw the ring in a zip bag to protect them and go! The new site is phenomenal.

    Debbie Czerwionka, Chicago

  64. Hi Mary,
    I use Ristal plastic pockets to store many of my threads. These enable me to store my threads in pre-cut manageable lengths. I also find them great when working with stranded threads as I can very carefully draw one at a time. Whilst it takes some time to set up initially it certainly makes managing stray threads significantly easier. With space a constant issue in our house I also find this system very compact.

    The thread drops look fabulous!! I can imagine they would look quite spectacular filled with thread.

    Kind regards,
    Jo G

  65. These thread drops look like fun! The way I organize my threads is to wind a skein around a little plastic bobbin, then tape the number from the skein to the bobbin. The thread then just goes with the project and when the project is done it goes into numerical order with the rest of my thread on bobbins.

  66. I purchased a box of unprinted business cards. When I start a project I put thread winders containing unstripped threads on a ring. I use a hand-held hole punch to make holes in a couple unprinted cards, and place them on the ring. Additional holes are punched in the unprinted cards as needed to hold stripped threads. I note the color is noted on the card. As the cards are inexpensive, I don’t worry about reusing them. At the end of a project, if any significant amount of stripped threads are left on the card at the end of a project, I may re-wind them on the winder with the unstripped threads, but most often I toss the card with all the stripped threads in a box. I go to that box quite often because each card contains an assortment of color-cordinated threads I can used for small projects, testing stitches, or basting with a color that is easy to see, and therefor easy to rip out.

  67. Right now I have no way to keep my threads neat and tidy. I usually just tie the used portion around the skein. Or sometimes I use a cereal box. Cut out a cardboard strip and punch holes in the side and write the name or number next to it. Depending on how many colors you need it gets a little messy. Thanks Mary for your needlework expertise. I look forward for your e-mail daily.

  68. If I’m using stranded threads I use cardboard with holes cut out and if I’m working on goldwork or stumpwork I use what I call my project box: a plastic box where I put all the threads, tools etc that I require for the project. I often have several on the go at once therefore the thread drops would be really useful. Thank you Mary for such an interesting and educational blog.

  69. I haven’t been very organized to this point;
    usually only do small projects that don’t
    require a large number of fibers. The system
    you have illustrated looks like a great idea.

    Pat S.

  70. Would love to try these. I love organizing my stash! Right now I’m having a cabinet built into my work space and everything is a mess. Since I don’t have an area that I can close off, I have to come up with creative ideas to keep things neat or part of the decor. I try to organize my threads and ribbons by color but after a project, they always need serious sorting.

  71. Wow these are neat and sound like just the thing for your thread storage. Thanks for letting us all know about these!

  72. Mary,

    I would be very embarrassed for anyone to see my thread collection. It is all contained in a sewing box but when I work a project I collect the thread I’m going to use and put it in a ziplock bag. I have had a problem when colors are very close and I sometimes end up throwing thread away because of this. Time to get organized!
    Claudia B in Seattle

  73. How cute! I have all my threads wound on paper cards and stored in plastic bins. But I would love a new system!

  74. I’d love to win these. Right now I use the DMC cards, and they’re organized by number in an old cigar box, of all things. When I plan a project, I usually just take what I need and put it into a smaller cigar box (or a small tackle box).

    Frankly, I’ve passed my one year embroidery anniversary and I need to reorganize!

  75. If I am carrying a project with me I use a large key ring, but if I’m at home and want to work on my project in another room, I just pull the threads I want and put them in a ziploc bag. These drops look like a much better solution.

  76. Hm, how I organize thread or a project generally depends on the project and the thread. Stuff that comes on a spool I generally just keep on the spool. Skeins I typicaly use “floss away” or similar baggies. For small projects, I generally just toss all the spools/baggies into a larger bag. For really small projects, I’ll admit I often just fold up the threads in the fabric for “toting” purposes.

    The drops, however, sound perfect for my upcoming Bayeux-style piece. Which *will* be begun soon, maybe this weekend….

  77. I have a fairly pathetic organizational system. It begins with the bag from the fabric store, which is for unused colors. Once I have “opened” a skein of thread, it moves into my needlework case. While I am working with it, the skein lives on the back of the sofa. When the skein gets too low to keep bundled with the color number, I tie the paper number to the end of the thread.

    Scouts honor. This is my system, but it works in a weird sort of way.

  78. When I use my Mulberry silks they come wrapped around a small cardboard tube (like a section of a drinking straw), and I just sort out the colours I need and stash them in a little hard plastic case with a belt clip, which I got from a DIY Store.

  79. wouldn’t that be nice organization is not my strong
    when i am working on a project i end up with more time spent with knots than work on my project
    go figure
    maybe with the thread drops i would be able to keep things neat maybe

  80. i use the card method but no matter if i win or not i will be using the drop method from now on then i will be storing the threads in groups of colours in large zip lock bags i wrap the threads in acid free paper this way i insure that the colours stay in mint condition especially those colours that i do not use as often as we al know we pick up and put down our work as we usually have so many projects on the go i am so glad that i found you site and i thank for all the infor that i receive
    marie landry

  81. Nothing fancy. I use the old DMC floss bobbins and collect all the colors needed for a project in a zipper-seal bag.

  82. Hi! NI already use tags to organize my floss but I really like the drops tags the best. I make some of my own by using a 1″ hole punch and garage sale tags ( the 2 3/4″ ones)

    Thank you so much for having this giveaway! I haven’t tried the flip flops or the bunnies yet!
    Jennifer Vaughn

  83. Tengo los hilos organizados en cartones de cada color, pero nunca habΓ­a pensado en un agujero auxiliar para esos hilos que van quedando, me gusta la idea!

    Me encanta el conejo y la sandalia les veo muy originales y divertidos.

    Besos, Aderi.Spain.

  84. The closest that I’ve used to something like this is a card with many holes. My current solution is to use cardboard thread bobbin cards. I would love to have and use these thread drops.

  85. Honestly is the best policy, so I have to confess, I am a messy stitcher. Picture this, I am starting a new canvas,the excitement is building and I find the thread, use it to create the perfect stitch and then rather shamelessly leave it on my table.I admit, this practice isn’t ideal as I then have to search for my leftovers or have to find them a home when it’s time to put the canvas to bed. Oh, if only I was organized!

  86. Whoohoo first, or almost. πŸ™‚

    Bunny drops? Mine! Although..I think I prefer my braided-on-a-ring-with-label method, I’m all for something that fits my hobby so well!

    What else would suit a rabbit raiser who embroiders? πŸ™‚

  87. Hop Hop Thread Drop – love Bunnies!! I too love the extra hole!! This is a fantastic idea – I’m surprised it wasn’t invented sooner. I love your blog and benefit from it so much. Thanks!!!

  88. I dont organize very well. I do have a little winder that puts the thread on a squarish bobbin and it does a good job when I use it.

  89. For cotton floss I put the skeins on DMC stitch bows and then pile them into a lock and lock container that is just the right length. Recently I have acquired more larger skeins of floss and usually just jam them into a lock and lock as they are. I can see this system is going to let me down soon and leave me with a (beautiful) knotty mess, so I’m looking for a better way to organize this floss. I think hanging them on something like a thread drop might just do the trick.

  90. Mary – Thanks so much for this organizational tip. I am new to needlepoint, so I really appreciate this. Happy embroidering!
    Meghan M. – Newbury, MA

  91. Hi Mary – I enjoy your blog so much – I appreciate all the podcasts showing techniques and the time you spend is awesome! I would love to win the thread drops – I’m afraid I’m not the most organized person in the world – I do use the metal rings and attach threads but mostly for canvas projects – some companies have a handy hole at the top for putting on the ring. In stitching my samplers – I seem to just throw the threads (yes even silks) down into the chart pack – AAACKKK – I know – I need help! I need these thread drops LOL – thanks Melody

  92. I do not have any special way I organize my threads for a project. I keep them in baggies with my work. Sometimes the labels with the color number come off and get lost, then you have to guess the color. At times it can become a tangled mess. I have not seen the Thread Drops but they look like a good way to organize my thread.

  93. I’d love to win the thread drops. My working threads are fairly haphazzard. I store my threads wrapped on platic cards in plastic boxes. I take out the threads for a project and put them into a zip-lock bag, and I work from that. Inevitably I have short threads, stripped threads, new skeins, etc. all jumbled up in my bag, so an organizer like the drops would be great. Our last remaining needlework store here closed last year. I buy when I travel.

  94. Oh my gosh! What a wonderful invention. I don’t have a way to organize threads I’m currently using so they are sorta, kinda scattered. The idea of an extra hole to store the bits and pieces is the best thing since sliced bread. You are so clever to find the very best tools and share them with us. Thank you so much.
    Hanford, CA

  95. I’m pretty new to needlework, so my “system” is to put all the thread I’m using on those cardboad squares, then put them all in a small plastic baggie. I then put that baggie, scissors, and the project into a large plasic baggie so it’s easily portable. Love the idea of these drops! Would really make things easier.

  96. My favorite thread organization technique? that is difficult because these ones are really new for me. I have only used some cards that I made myself or the little DMC cards that are more common.
    I would like to participate in your giveaway.
    My email mbtobarl@gmail.com
    Thanks a lot…

  97. I would love to have a good thread organizer. At the moment I put my threads in zip lock bags. They are easy to see but slide around a lot. I always put each project in a 2 gallon zip lock bag. Don’t ask how many bags I have.
    Louise B.

  98. I reentered the world of embroidery this year after a long absence. I have a 20 year old Lo-Ran system filled for a large throw that I am working on again. There is a “table of contents” card where you write the color number and page number of the skeins and then separate cards that fit a number of skeins. It is a little bulky and I basically use it for storage. Then I end up with loose threads. I was wondering about alternatives and – lo and behold – your site has it. I discovered your site two weeks ago and love the many inspiring ideas and tips!

  99. Now this is a great idea! I’m fairly new to hand stitching (machine stitching) and recently re-organized my threads. They currently hang on rings and I created something similar to the thread drop above but a small rectangle about 2 1/2″ x 1″ wide with a hole in the bottom cut from clear heavier acetate (for stencils). I really like the idea of the additional holes for “singles”. Thanks so much Mary – love the new site….

  100. I use snack size baggies. They hold the skein and left-over bits and can be sealed. But I’d love to try the thread drops. Thanks for sharing, Mary.

  101. Hola
    Me parece una muy buena idea especialmente los Flip-flops. Yo utilizo unos cartoncitos de DMC que guardo en cajitas. Nunca he utilizado la anilla para mantenerlos todos juntos. SΓ­ que para un trabajo determinado busco una caja o estuche determinado. Gracias por tus consejos y mensajes.
    Un saludo

  102. Hi Mary,
    Thanks for the information on thread drops. I would love to try some of these. I currently wind my threads on purchased card stock bobbins that are available in the needlework section and when working a project I pull all the bobbins I need and put them on a metal ring that is also available in the needlework section. Problem with this is if the project is using a lot of colors the ring gets full pretty quick since the bobbins are plump with the thread. I always write the color number on the bobbins with permanent ink and never worry about rewriting since I would just refill the bobbin when that color runs out.
    I love to read all the helpful tips you post and enjoy reading all the information you have. Have a great vacation!
    Mary Ann

  103. These are terrific. I have all my floss on those cards that I can store in plastic boxes. But for a project I either pull the colors I need and put them in a smaller box if I’m using 30 or more colors. Smaller projects I use a piece of cardboard and use a hole punch to add holes. Kind of tedious. These cards look much more user friendly, especially the flip flop drops. Great way to keep the left over bits separate without tangling up.

  104. Oboy!! Do I need to win this contest!!!!
    I have a big rubbermaid container with tread in plastic baggies according to number. I got most of these from my mom and from school projects when I was teaching.
    When I’m working on a project I just pull the colours I want to put them in a chocolate box.
    They do get tangled.

  105. Hi Mary

    I have a large selection of threads – soft spun silk that I bought from vickie at Hand dyed Fibers and they came on a small card with their name on it. I punched a hole in the other end and hung them on a large ring. I can see what I need just by looking. I hang them in my laundry room. Have done this with any large grouping of threads. Others are left on cards if wrapped that way and others I have wrapped myself on embroidery cards and they are stored in large plastic toolbox type cases with handles for carrying. As I write this I think this gal has too much thread.

    Have a great vacation and drive safe.





  106. For works in progress, I use one of those comb-shaped thread organizers. For longer-term storage, it’s tiny ziplocks in plastic shoebox-sized bins.

  107. It depends on the type of needlework I’m doing!
    For cross stitch and plain DMC/Anchor floss, I’ve got them on plastic bobbins, and when I’m working a project I slip them onto a ring that I hang from the side of my accessory tray on my frame.

    For gold-work… I simply stick the threads in a box next to me. Doesn’t work REALLY well, but I have yet to figure out anything better. Suggestions would be appreciated.

    For Crewel, I have a big, 4 inch brass ring that I bought in the macrame department years ago and i hook my threads on it the same way you would on the drops, but all the colors on one ring. Since I don’t usually do crewel from kits where I need to know the color number, this works just fine for me right now! πŸ˜€

  108. I use a regular thread organizer even though I find the holes too small whole skeins. These drops look like they can accommodate more thread (more than one skein).


  109. I have plastic embroidery cards put in a box. I really would like to win those thread drops.

  110. Whoever came up with these is brilliant! Must admit that I’m not overly organized with my threads. All of my floss is wound onto those cardboard spool-shaped holders and then sorted by colour families into the plastic boxes meant for that. When I’m working on a project, it generally is kept in a plastic container of some sort, along with the threads I’m using. Unfortunately I’m not organized enough to take note of the colour # OR who made it, so if I run out I’m up a creek. I’m shortly going to be starting to work on a new cross stitch piece where I (gasp!) actually bought all the correct colours. These drops would be a fantastic way to organize!

  111. London calling! Just found your site and have spent a v wet afternoon here in the UK entertaining myself with the many varied sections.
    okay here we go – I use those plastic boxes with the wrap around cards for my main thread storage, then my back up skeins are in an indexed box file type thingy and actual treads in use are threaded onto cereal box cardboard strips with holes I have punched with a hole puncher. I can definitely see the benefit of the drops, the multi holes are a seriously good idea altho I have to say its the bunnies that have caught my eye – why have just practical when you can throw in some whimsy!!

  112. Wow, these are cool! I just organized some crewel wool from a kit, and all I could find was the floss organizers to use. I really like the extra hole (and the bunny) because I’m alway trying to figure out where to put the stripped pieces.

  113. I mostly work with plain old DMC thread, and I store it in little baggies on a ring (I think I got them at evil Walmart). During a project, I keep them in the skein. Cut threads are wrapped around around one end of the skein with the front end on the inside; I always keep track of which end of the thread is the front, but otherwise I’m not terribly organized.

  114. I actually do use cards or things with holes in them. When my grandmother taught me embroidery she would reuse thin cardboard from packaging by punching holes in it to organize her threads. These days I use the plastic organizers from DMC, but there’s no place to write any identifying information on the tread. These look perfect for the job. Thank you for introducing them.

  115. I absolutely love the idea of these thread drops. I think I like the bunny drops the most, because I tend to have some regular threads, along with a few strays of two or three strands. I don’t have a really decent way to keep these two types of the same thread separate, so these drops sound like an answer to a mess. Right now I just wrap both strand lengths on the same spool. My spools (thin white cardboard) don’t have a decent amount of space to put anything except the thread number and no name. Thanks for all you do to make working with needle and thread so much more enjoyable.
    Big Cindy (yes, there’s a little Cindy, my niece)

  116. What a great idea! I have used something similar for cross stitch but you have given me an idea for other stitching projects. I often take applique with me and usually take lots of spools which take up a lot of room. I could use these to winding some thread and note the color number something I failed to do in the past. Then when I needed more I would have the color.
    Thanks, again! I love all the ideas and the new products.

  117. I use small plastic pill pouches that I purchase at my local pharmacy. They are half the size of plastic snack bags. I write the color of my thread on the outside with permanent marker then place the thread in the zip lock bag. I paper punch the corner of the bags and slide them in numerical order on the ring. This makes it so simple to keep thread organized for each project and is easy to take along with you.

  118. I use the smallest baggies (snack size) and I make sure that the skein label is in there. I write on the outside of the baggie with a fine Sharpie. Longish orts can go in there too.

  119. Thread and wool organization is often the bane of my existence. When I embarked on needle painting the many shades of each color, and all the attendant odd strands left over, were on the verge of driving around the bend. After several unsuccessful attempts at organizing what had been removed from the skein, I settled on using Trish Burr’s technique of removing only the strands that I need from the skein. The skeins themselves, I arrange in order of use in a sandwich baggie. I’m very careful to keep this bag flat and unjumbled. When the project is complete, I carefully pull any loose ends back under the paper bands of the floss skein (so they don’t wrap around each other and get all messy). The system isn’t perfect, and fairly long leftover bits end up getting tossed, but at least all of each color is in one place.

  120. Mary,
    First of all Many Thanks for all your educating postings you list everyday. Very interesting, helpful and fun to read.
    As for organizing, I’m still working on creating a system that works good and the thread drops look like a good place to start.I did purchase some square bobbins, but the thread drops look like they would work better as the thread would not be as bulky when put on the rings.It has been awhile since I have embroidered and I’m wanting to get back into the swing of it and I need to simplify things to make this a fun hobby. The thread drops you show would definitly simplify organization.
    Thanks for offering this contest and can’t wait to see who is the lucky winner πŸ™‚

  121. I inherited a lot of floss when my mother-in-law died, and I basically have them group by shade into large baggies. Once I start a project, I pull the colors I need and wrap them on the plastic bobbins. I then put them in a smaller baggie along with thread conditioner, embroidery scissors, needles, etc.

    I’ve never seen the drops before. I like that they have extra holes to keep the floss you’re currently using.


  122. Mary, I have not seen anything like this before and would love to try this. I have all my threads on bobbins in a plastic container and I pull out all the colors I need for a project into a ziploc. Then I wind the unused portion of thread into respective colors of the same bobbin, so that I dont lose track of then and they stay organized, but yes, they do unwind at times. I always thought this was a part of thread work until I saw what you posted. I think both the flipflop and the bunny ones look cute specially with extra holes.
    Thanks for this wonderful opportunity
    – Ramya (Davis, Ca)

  123. I use the DMC bobbins and Baggies. But I still have a big container full of unorganized thread. Thanks for offering these up! I especially love the bunny and flip flop. being able to separate would be wonderful.

  124. I like to wind the floss for the project on the regular plastic cards and keep them in a little box. I always have problems with the separated strands, so these floss winders are great.

    Betty Z

  125. I have several waysto “organize” my threads…but they still are somewhat disorganized. I like the flip-flop “drops”. I like the way they have the smaller holes for separated and leftover threads. I think they would come in really handy for each project! Maybe I wouldn’t lose a floss or thread while in my travels or even sitting by my chair( they tend to slide down the side of the cushion). The ring holding them together would prevent that!

  126. I usually use a wooden board meant for organization. It has 20 holes to place your threads and an attached magnet to hold your needles. I love it except for three drawbacks: 1) if you have more than 20 threads for a project you have to double up, 2) if you have more than one project going, you would have to have a bunch of them and they are not cheap, and 3)you can’t easily label the color numbers.

  127. i put my threads in clear binder pages with pockets. i put them in color order. i wrap them on a snakk cardboard then put a rubber band around each one so they will not fall out.

  128. I just finished my first embroidery project, thanks to the inspiration of your website! I just kept all my threads in the plastic bag from the store where I bought them πŸ™‚ Some of the little labels have come off. I can see how these items you mention in this blogpost would be very useful!

  129. Wow, what great products! Right now I am still using the same method I did in High School – box with lid. It works ok with the limited number of standard 6 strand cotton embroidery floss I was working with in High School but now that I am venturing into other fibers and hand dyed twisted skeins, the box method doesn’t work at all! Not to mention that I can afford better thread now so I have more! Justine

  130. I am so glad to see you endorse Thread Beds since they are my favorite way to organize my threads for projects. I keep my DMC in plastic bags in a box with rods that hold the bags, so I use those bags if I am using DMC. For the others, I love Thread Beds, in particular, the ones that have two or more holes to hold the used skeins. I think they are wonderful for silk.

  131. Hi Mary, The thread drops look as though anyone could be more organized with their threads. Love your site and would like to be entered in the contest.Thanks. Linda D

  132. Hi Mary, Many years ago in my very early counted cross stitch days I got a small tortoise-shell plastic butterfly with numbered holes
    around the edge. I still use this for my project threads when I am at home. If I’m away, snack size zip-locs and a small zip case are easy to pack. Thanks for your very fun give-aways!! Lynn Stiglich

  133. I don’t have any organization method figured out yet. I’m kind of a beginner. These look great!

  134. My favorite floss organization is wound on emptied thread spools. The traditional spool dowels can then be used to store them and floss colors/ type easily retrieved.

  135. I use different methods for big and little projects. For the big ones, I use wodden sticks with holes in them. They seem to tangle less than rings – but the flip-flop type or the bunnies have a separate place for ‘in progress’ separated strands. This looks like an improvement.

    For little projects, I keep the thread in the little plastic bags where I store them, in the bigger plastic bag with the pattern information.

  136. Ik doe de kleuren in aparte plasic dozen.Zoals alle blauw bijeen, alle rood bijeen, alle geel bijeen enz.
    deze drops zijn veel beter, maar helaas i have’nt. Ik wil deze heel graag proberen!!

  137. Hi Mary,
    If I am working on a larger project, I like to use those plastic containers that have about 17 little compartments. I wrap my floss on the cardboard floss bobbins. I put my floss in numerical order. I then can store any and all my beads that I will need for this project.
    My directions fit right on top when I am finished stitching for the day or night.

    If I am working on a smaller project, I put my floss on the floss bobbins and clip them altogether on a shower clip that closes.

    Happy Stitching,

  138. Thank you for posting info about Thread Drops. They must be the best thing since sliced bread! Wow! Must find some pronto. Currently when working on a project, I use a rectangle of heavy card stock about 3 inches by whatever length, make cuts about an inch deep every two to three inches or so apart and actually remove a small piece of the card to accommodate a bundle of floss, slide the floss in the slits, mark the numbers under the slice mark, make a small slit next to floss bundle for long threads removed and leftover. However, this method isn’t good for using with silks and delicate threads.
    Karen S in OH

  139. I keep mine in a standard (not “legal”) size box of envelopes. Just take off the outer wrapping and leave the envelopes in the box. Then number each envelope from 1 to whatever, label with the color name, and keep them in order in the box. Keeps it all in one place and easy to find and transport when traveling.

  140. Hi, Mary! These are really cute thread organizers. I embroider, crazy quilt, and do Brazilian embroidery, so I’ve been accumulating a lot of different threads. I’ve been experimenting with different ways to store them. I came up with a great way to store my sewing threads and silk ribbons on the inside of my cabinet doors that is fantastic….I can send you a photo if you want. I have my cotton and silk threads on the DMC cards in plastic boxes, but am trying to find something for the rayon threads offered by EdMar, etc. I have them hung on shower hooks and then the hooks on curtain rods on the wall right now, but have just ordered out some Annie’s Thread Storage units to try. They are organized on slide units that fit into file drawers or plastic file boxes. I’m hoping this might be the ticket. These that you are offering in the drawing look like they might be great for portable projects, though. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks for your great blog….I enjoy reading it every day.

  141. Whoops….Didn’t give my last initial and I’m from MN. Pays to follow directions πŸ™‚ Sorry.

  142. Several years ago, I graduated from using nothing (just loose skeins – very messy!) to DMC Floss Bobbins. At night when I’m relaxing in front of the tube, I wind my large collection of cotton floss onto bobbins so they’re ready to go when I am! I’ve never heard of Thread Drops before and would love to try them!

    Thanks for letting us know about this product, Mary!
    πŸ˜€ annie

  143. Hi Mary! I usually keep all my floss for a project on the original tag they come on. And then keep them in a baggie by project. Really like those flip flop ones for the extra holes. Always good to have extra holss πŸ™‚

  144. Mary, organized is not how I would describe my current system. A small baggie holds my floss along with the stripped and left over threads. A good way to end up with a tangled mess. The thread drops look like a great idea & I like your suggestions for labeling.

    Linda A

  145. Hi, Mary!
    Answering your question, if the project uses few threads, I don’t use anything to keep them apart. But for larger projects, I usually get some regular computer paper sheet (that’s already in the “paper for drafts” pile), fold it so it will be thicker and then make holes in it. Just to make it more fun, I use a punch that I have in the shape of a fleur de lis – just because! πŸ™‚ and then I write the numbers of the colors above the holes.
    Thank you for another give-away! πŸ™‚

  146. Mary,

    I started out with the cardboard floss bobbins and diligently wrapped each skein of floss around them before a new project. I found a couple problems with this. First, I absolutely hated having to cut off a new length if I wound the entire sken on the card & it was even more difficult if I pre-cut the lengths before winding on the bobbin.

    Currently, I use the little plastic bags hole punched and arranged on a large ring. There is lots of room to write the thread details and it’s easy to keep pre-cut threads and partially used ones clean & organized.

  147. Hi Mary.I like this idea .Personally I cut one side of a square thick paper in order to stop the thread . I wish you a nice day.

  148. Unfortunately all I have now is some DMC organization supplies — cardboard bobbins and some of those stitch bow things. They work okay for DMC, but I’m not a big fan, and I do buy threads in other form factors than a typical DMC skein. Other threads get left on the tag if they have one at all. However, I like to keep supplies for a particular project together on a metal ring.

  149. Hi Mary,
    I mostly store my thread in plastic bags (making sure that air can get in by cutting off a corner) and when I am working on a project, I pull the required threads and put them on a ring which hangs from my frame. I like the bags as I can put left over thread inside very easily. I sometimes use a home made (with a hole punch) thread holder, but really prefer the bags.


  150. Hi Mary,
    I use the Floss A Way bags to organize my threads. I put each skein in it’s own bag, label it and put all bags on a BIG ring. Works great. I can roll up any threads removed from the skein and add it to the bag.

  151. I have recently “graduated” from using DMC cotton floss to the wonderful world of silks and specialty threads. With the DMC, I wound the floss on those squarish bobbins and hung them on a metal ring. That worked well with the DMC but I have been searching for something “a little more” These thread drops would be perfect.
    If I don’t win these, I will need to go shopping!
    Thank you. Love your website

  152. Hi Mary! I’d love to try some new organization techniques. I currently take off the label with number, tape it a the small plastic winder (looks like a spool) and transfer to the winder. Then I organize numberically in boxes and hopefully return them numerically when the project is completed.

  153. Hi Mary, I have some DMC cardboard little squares but I don’t like them as they leave a crease and also overtime if left in light you can get a colour change. I also use empty cardboard toilet rolls, by cutting a slit in the edge and winding the thread on, with another slit for the lengths already cut, archaiac I know but cost effective.

  154. How do I organize my project thread? Is that a trick question? It’s usually just in a tangle. Cute product — thanks for the opportunity to win.

  155. Hi Mary,
    Thread organization for me depends on the needlework type of project, size of the project and projected time I will be working on it.
    So, for samplers etc. I use Floss A-Way bags, for needlepoint projects I use either the bags and/or floss-sticks, for hardanger/pulled thread etc. I usually chorale the threads in a shaker box, Japanese embroidery silks are kept in large plastic boxes by project and trays when in use, Japanese beads are also sorted by phase and kept in plastic containers for beads, gold embroidery threads are kept in project boxes in the plastic containers they came in, all DMC threads are kept in a wooden cabinet wound up on plastic spools, Appleton and other crewel wools are kept in larger Ziplocs by color/per project. Life used to be simpler when my wooden cabinet was all I needed to work on my projects but then now I have four large cabinets with architect style drawers that house my collections of threads when I am not using them for a project… central/main storage area arranged by thread type etc.

  156. I have been working on blackwork lately, so I haven’t had to keep multiple threads organized. I just safety pinned the hank to the edge of my work.

    I learned my organization method from my mother – cut notches in index cards and wind the thread around it. Rewinding the threads can be a pain at the start of a project, but it does keep them neat in a drawer. I used to reorganize her threads all the time – by number, by color, by whatever system I came up with.

  157. Ooooo . . . I like all of those thread drops. I’ve never seen them before and I see how useful they would be. Right now I just toss my threads that are wound on the old paper bobbins into a small plastic baggie that gets tossed into the project. Not very exciting and can be very messy.

  158. I take all of my threads that I think I am going to use and put them into a half shoe box sized plastic box.

    I normally keep my threads wrapped on the small plastic floss cards and in a floss box.

  159. Hi Mary,
    My beagle, Sally, is my organizer. She decides where she will store all the leftovers, after she has tasted them to determine her favorite. I can’t figure out how she ties so many knots with her paws! I can barely tie a knot in the end of a strand and I have 10 fingers!

  160. I think the thread drops look like a really great way to organize your thread. Currently, when I work on a project, I use ziplock sandwich bags with little pieces of paper that tell the thread number inside. I have a binder that these go in, but unfortunately that one is full so I am using actual sandwich bags for my latest project that I am working on – a pillowcase set called “Oriental Garden.” Its a pre-printed cross-stitch pillowcase set, but instead of using the suggested colors and stitches I am using my own colors and using stitches I have learned from the video tutorials on this site. Good stitching everyone!

  161. Each project I organise differently. Often by colour co-ordination. So that you can see this new system would be ideal for me especially as I’m preparing a new project right now.

  162. What’s your favorite thread organization technique while you’re working a project?

    I just use the little DMC thread bobin cards. I keep them in a box and put the strands I’m not using through the hole instead of putting them all on a ring. I just let the loose threads sit on top of all the others inside the box until I’m done with them. Then I roll them back on the bobbin card. I take the wrapper of the floss and tape it to the bobin card. I write the # & Mfg. at the top of the bobbin. This works pretty well for the stranded flat silks as well as other stranded floss. The only problem is that when I get new floss, I have to sit and wind….and wind… The last time I spent and entire evening just winding floss. This was when I updated my stash, though. I don’t do that all that often.

    For other thicker and twisted threads I use the, oh, I don’t know what to call them, but I call them “bones” – the plastic things that are about 6″ long. They hold thicker threads better. I keep the one’s I’m using in a spare envelope within the box they are all in.

    I’m enjoying reading what others say about this. Being unorganized leads to thread piles and shorter stitching time. I used small baggies at first, but found they slid all over the place. I never tried the ring idea yet. I really like having them all in the box arranged in color wheel fasion. It lets me know what I have.

  163. I have used index cards with holes punched in, wood sticks with holes and a magnet, a plastic butterfly with holes on her wings, flat donut shaped beads on a huge safety pin. The thread drops seem to be an improvement over all my other “systems”. I think these could be my new favorite.

  164. Dear Mary

    I currently wind my threads onto cardboard bobbins. I write on them with pencil which means they could be used again, however they are quite bent by the time the thread is used and not much good for a second use.

  165. i do a couple things – my DMC floss is in the floss away bags in the beautiful cabinet made to house them on pendaflex style rows.i pullthe ones i need and put on a ring, then my carded threads like silk lame etc are on metal looseleaf rings. i pull all the threads for a project and put them on rings – velvets on one, metallics on another, looped silk and ivory etc on the rings directly thru their looped twists and the only thing not on a ring is krenik spools which i put in the beautiful bags i get on all those cosmetic specials at the stores – my two favorite “hobbies” combined – make-up and stitching!!! it’s so nice to be a girl!

  166. Up to now, I’ve been using a Flip Flop Thread Drop. Now, I think I’ll rather used the Hop Hop thread Drop one as it gives me the opportunity to write the name of the thread and safely keep the one I just started. When colors a similar, I have lots of trouble identifying the tread.

  167. I’ve been planning to pick up an. embroidery project, but dread going thru my stash of threads. These drops would make the chore a treat!

  168. I use a small plastic box for each project. I start out all nice and neat, but usually by the time I’m finished it’s an embarrassing mess. I could certainly need some organizational help!

  169. Hi Mary,

    My prefered method to store threads is to make a thread organiser out of thick cardboard and a single hole punch, 2 holes per colour. One hole for full lengths of floss and one for stripped lengths. Easy to write on the cardboard and then at the end of the project can be filed away in case I do the project again. I would love to try this alternative.
    Fingers crossed and thanks for the giveaway.

    Trish, Whangarei, NZ

  170. Good info and great giveaway, as usual, Mary! I keep my threads on large rings attached to the sides of my Elfa storage frames or on the rungs of those multi-rung over the door hangers with clips made for storing “gimme” caps. Fibres on card (RG) or large tags (GA SS) go directly on the rings. Floss and skeined fibers go in snack or floss bags. For large tag fibers like Gentle Arts, Gloriana, Thread Gatherer, I punch additional holes in the tag when I use them for projects to keep partial strands and still usable lengths separate. The problem for those fibers with small tags (Weeks, Dinky Dyes) is what to do with the partials – the drops would be perfect for this.

  171. Dear Mary

    I use those DMC thingys to store my plain stranded cotton but the ‘special hanks’ silks etc I leave to admire by placing them on antique glass dishes with stands. When they have enough admiration I store them away out of the light. Sad ek? I love the new Flip Flop thread drop since it allows you to conveniently stored both the stripped thread and also the length from whence it is taken. How handy is that for thisSoie d’alger fan.
    Cheers from a chilly New Zealand

    Robyn K:-)

  172. I put my threads into a ziplock bag and hunt and sort as needed. I KNOW there is a better way!!!! Just lazy! So this looks very useful for me!

  173. hi Mart, would love to win … i am an amateur but have my threads on wind on bobbins.many thanks . Pam in Oz

  174. Hi Mary

    I use cardboard bobbins in the plastic section boxes. I have my general collection from which I draw from and then other smaller boxes for specific projects. This system doesn’t work well with the variegated threads that I love that come in precut pieces.

    These thread drops would be great for these and they would also look absolutely gorgeous with all those variegated colours. I think the creators have been very clever in coming up with bunny and the flip flops rather than just an oval shape.

    Thanks for all your input

  175. I keep most of my threads wound onto DMC plastic floss cards in plastic boxes and am happy with this – except for the fact I can’t write on them. It is not really satisfactory to include the ID band, which can slip out. I have no idea any more what number my colours are. Lucky I am not doing a serious project.

    The rayons, crewel wools and more delicate threads that come in skeins need something better than the floss cards and Thread Drops would be perfect.
    Currently, most live in plastic grip bags in boxes.
    When doing a project I keep the threads laid on a tray and leave them until I finish the work.
    I remove the Edmar threads from their covers as I need them.

    Maureen B

  176. I have my threads on rings made from sea shells. Luckily I mainly use only one type of thread. But things sure got tricky when I wanted to try some needlepoint. My organising system circles around colours. My shell rings come in various sizes and I bought them at a cheapies shop. They are imported from an Asian country. I really like the idea of recording what colour and a bit of other trivia on the Thread Drop card. These little gadgets will save my sanity.

  177. I use snack sized baggies, punch a hole in them and put them on a ring. It gives me a place for my odds and ends and keeps some of the cat hair off…

  178. How do I store my threads? After I cut the skein, I do the same ‘knot’ that you show with the Thread Drops. When I split the ply, I tie the loose threads the same way onto the loop formed by the first knot. The Thread Drops seem to solve the problem of searching for colors or sometimes losing almost finished groups (they sometimes fall out when searching for a different color). It seems to me that all you would have to do is take out the ring and you have all the threads safely and quickly located and organized.
    Thank you
    Rachel R.

  179. I use the cards you write on, with holes for the thread, and a magnate at the end to “hold” the needle. I’d prefer something that I can just take one color with me when on the go instead of 10 colors at once though! these look fab!

  180. These are so neat especially the bunny ones! I keep my thread on the small spool shaped ones and pull out the colors I need and keep in a in a ziplock bag while I am working on a project. I love your blog with all the designs, tutorials, and neat new ‘stuff’ t make our crafting easier!

  181. I use snack sized plastic baggies, contained within a larger storage baggie, and sort out what I want into a separate baggie for a specific project. I can usually fit my cloth and hoop in there too so it’s all nicely contained πŸ™‚

  182. Love the idea of thread drops, especially for some of the specialty threads that come in a skein with very little packaging – like gumnuts poppy. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  183. I use the stitch bow system for storage, by color and then number. Once I’ve started a project the strands are put into snack sized bags, but then I need to still separate the strands which have now decided to make a nest in the bag… the drops, especially the flip flop, would be a nice thing to try.

  184. Hi MAry, I follow your column daily. I have used your tutorial for many stitches in my Brazilian Embroidery.
    Ann Rakip

  185. Until I started working in a cross stitch shop I was a die hard bobbin winder. When I started working everyone used the floss baggies and I felt like an alien because I was still using bobbins. I was stubborn for a while but soon caved and bought some baggies. It didn’t take long for me to see the convenience of the bags and now I am a baggie lover. I use them for all my threads, overdyes, pearl cottons, DMC. The threads that are currently in use are placed on rings and the idle baggies are mostly filed away in a drawer. On small projects I have left the Weeks Dye Works, GAST, or Carrie’s Creations on the hang tag that they come on and just put them on a ring as they are.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    Brenda Schiesser

  186. I use lots and lots of zip top bags to store and sort thread. It keeps them clean and cat hair free πŸ™‚

    While I’m working a project, I may hang my prepared thread on a plastic or mother of pearl ring and attach them to the frame I’m working on. But they always go back in a bag between times.

    Juliet O

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