Hello, and welcome to another edition of “Ask Jo”. I get many comments and questions from all sorts of places, the comment section here, Youtube, email, and from our Facebook group. Sometimes I think others of you might want to know the answers as well so I answer them here on the blog. Today I’m tackling a question about embroidery floss.
Sally asked this question after I talked about floss bobbins:
“What are the floss ” bobbins” called and where can I get them?”
I had shown this picture. I had floss and was putting it on “bobbins” while traveling in the car. It’s a great car project. We’re going to Buck’s for Easter and I’m hoping Karl will drive so I can bombinate some more.
There are MANY ways to store floss. MANY.
I’ve tried many of them over the years. The problem is there is no “right” way. So many people do different things.
A blog reader sent me a set of floss that was in a storage container like this.
It’s a very popular way to store floss. I did that for years. The problem is, a little kid bumps it, the container flips over and you are left resorting LOTS of floss.
Another problem with this method, the numbers can fall off. If you write on them with a pen or pencil, I’ve had the ink rub off. Yet another is to try to find the exact same bobbin cards so that they look good together. There are dozens of different bobbin cards. Some are plastic, some cardboard. Some colored, some with a design, some heavy cardboard, some light, some with rounded corners, some squared. So, if you lose or need more bobbin cards unless you buy them all at once with plenty of extras, it can be frustrating to find the original ones back.
There are even thread winders for those putting their thread on the bobbins. You can find them HERE on Amazon.
Lori Holt designed these cute flower-shaped floss bobbins. These are super cute, but honestly, too expensive for me.
Another popular way to store thread is…
on thread drops. Since floss tube started, these are all of the rage.
They look like this in use…
Floss tubers like them as they can easily show off the colors they are using for their project. Me, I don’t like this method as I have yet to master a good way to get an individual string off without taking it all off and that’s a pain. I’ve seen flosstubers show how to get one thread off at a time without undoing it all. I’ve tried but to date, I’ve had no luck of consistently doing that.
Another way to store floss is in these Floss Away bags. I do this with my fancy variegated floss. I actually don’t mind this system. If you hate wrapping floss, this is a good way to store it.
I was really excited after I recently purchased this set of floss at the thrift store.
You might remember that I was wondering if I had spent too much money on it. I had two binders full of floss along with a file box with cross stitch charts.
Well…I’ve figured out that I did great. The floss alone there were 267….the binders are $12 each. Yep, I did okay.
Well after closer inspection of the bobbinated floss, I saw that this was a new style of bobbin that I had never seen.
They work like this…
Take the number off the floss. Slide it onto the tab on the bobbin.
Wrap the floss.
I loved these.
I had to hunt to find these bobbins. I’ve decided that I am going to put together a set of floss using these bobbins and will gradually phase out my Floss Away bags for DMC floss. You can find the new bobbins I’m using HERE.
Happily, there is no “right” way to store floss. People can pick whatever works for them. I love that.
So, the short answer to your question Sally is: You can find the new bobbins I’m using HERE.
I’m curious, those of you who cross-stitch or embroider and use floss, what storage method do you use.