Is this how you organise your floss?

Have you ever been overwhelmed by tangled threads and lost colors? I’ve been there, and that’s what inspired me to create the DMC Floss Organizer Cards, ideal for us cross sttichers. Join me as I share the evolution of this handy tool that’s kept my threads in line for over 30 years!

The Beginning

It all started when I spotted commercial thread cards at Lincraft about 30 years ago! I’d go there every pay day to pick up a few more skeins of floss so you can imagine that the cards were out of my budget!

I was working on stitching up my little girl’s name, and the threads were getting out of control!

Tiny perfect little cross stitches on linen
tiny perfect little cross stitches on linen – part of my little girl’s name

So I decided to make my own from a cereal box. It worked a treat!

I loved being able to pull out a single strand of any colour, no more pulling floss out of the skein and cutting it, pulling two strands and tucking the other strands back into the skein somehow. I was pretty broke remember, so I didn’t want to waste any strands!

To Bobbin or Card?

When visiting my mum in Brisbane (we were living in Rockhampton at the time), I saw her using bobbins. I considered them of course – but then I saw the knot of loose threads in her bobbin box and how the floss kinked. Any temptation I had to switch to bobbins quickly left me, and I’ve never considered them since.

(When I was making this new card set, Mum decided to pass on on her bobbin boxes to me and I filled up some gaps in my set – I unbobbined and carded them! Luckily those kinks seemed to improve when I braided the floss.)

Card or bobbin for your embroidery floss
card or bobbin for your embroidery floss

But of course by this time I was hooked on (dare I say Lost In) cross stitch, so my thread collection kept building. I bought a huge sheet of card from Spotlight – probably about 250gsm weight – drew up cards and cut them out with a craft knife. I got as many cards as I could from that sheet and they were long! So I sewed up a bag to keep them – that was my first floss book!

For a project, I’d simply make a small project card – or set of floss drops – and transfer the colours to the card, then back into my floss book when the project was done.

When I had more than one WIP (who doesn’t), if I needed to I’d split the braid – the work of a minute.

Why Make Printable Floss Cards?

Then DMC released 35 new colours in 2017, starting at colour #1. I thought – I’ll just make a new card.

But that made me take an honest look at my old faithful set. It was frankly, tatty. I’d redone the set a few times as my stash grew (see the stickers?), and it was very well worn, despite being protected in its calico case all those years.

Old floss cards
sandy’s first floss cards

I thought about cutting up a new sheet of card but the idea just didn’t appeal – I wanted something more, something that would make it less likely I’d mix up colours when moving from a project card back into the main floss book, something a bit easier to manage. Those long cards were a bit unweildy! Ideally it would be a colour card and storage card in one!

No such thing existed – believe me, I looked!

But I’ve worked in communications for over 30 years so have reasonable design skills. Why not make cards that I could print? I designed them to fit on standard paper, and did a few trial runs. Kirsty was fully on board so she scanned the DMC thread card and added the colour swatches to the cards.

Next: Make Them Last

My first set of cards did pretty well for 30 years. But we could do better now. My printer doesn’t cope well with more than about 220gm (60 pound) paper, so I thought of making a kind of paper sandwich to make the final card thicker. I printed onto sticker paper, stuck that to the card, and then we laminated it.

Sticker paper

 

It was perfect! Thin enough so it’s not bulky, firm enough so it holds its own weight when fully loaded, and bright!

Floss card thickness

Then Into Trimming and Punching

Yes, it takes some time, but so does bobbinating, and then cutting thread off the bobbins every time you use them, and dealing with the orphans if you don’t use all six strands.

We sat and chatted while we laminated, trimmed and punched – several cups of tea were had!

 

Punch pile2

My DMC Thread Book

Today, my thread cards are neatly organized into what I like to call a ‘thread book,’ tied up with a ribbon for easy browsing.

So much less waste with floss organiser cards! Every time I pull that single thread off a card, I feel it’s like a gift from my past self!

With our dmc floss cards, you can pull a single thread, already cut to length!

 

The system is compact, even when full, and it’s received rave reviews for its efficiency.

No more kinks in the floss like you get with bobbins, no more stray 4 thread orphans, and no more tangled messes.

My dmc floss stash organised into a thread book
my dmc floss stash organised into a thread book

 

The Future

I’m pretty set with how our floss organiser cards work now, but I’m always thinking of little extras.

Next up? A custom bag to store them stylishly, and maybe even a pattern for it (if others are interested).

Creating your own DMC Floss Organiser Cards isn’t just about neat threads—it’s about making it faster to get stitching!

I’d love to hear about your organizational hacks or see the creative ways you’ve kept your threads in order.


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