Cross-stitch, Embroidery, Organization, Yarn and Fibers

Quick Tip: How I Organize My Embroidery Thread Collection

How I Organize my Thread Collection

Hello All!

It’s been awhile since I posted like always because I’ve been working on a ton of personal projects. I have an awesome full time position as an Assistant, but my real passion has always been fiber art. Though I dabble in weaving and knitting, I work primarily in cross-stitch and embroidery. I feel like these forms are almost akin to painting with thread, and match my artistic sensibilities the best as a result of their varied applications.

I use primarily DMC cotton and like to have as much of the collection together as possible so I can start any project at a moment’s notice. This requires less storage and clutter than you may think, as long as you implement a good system. I’m going to share with you how I organize all my threads and other embroidery supplies, and hopefully inspire some organization in your own collection!

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"Crafter" of the Week, DIY, Embroidery, Fine Art, Paper Craft, Uncategorized, Yarn and Fibers

“Crafter” of the Week: Nava Lubelski

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Yellow Cloth, 2009, thread on stained tablecloth, 60″ x 50″

With this blog and with my work in general, I’ve continuously tried to show the connection between hand-craft and art. While the impetus and the ultimate goal of the creator can be different, the individual sense of expression and translation of emotion remains the same between the two disciplines. Ultimately it is this quality – the reflection of life’s circumstances into physical works – that leads to things I find appealing and filled with substance. As a result of this, when I find an artist who not only uses traditional craft methods in their work, but also uses their creations as a jumping board for individual exploration, I instantly fall in love with their work. Nava Lubelski is one such artist who has received an impressive amount of recognition, proving that I’m not the only one who values these qualities.

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DIY, Interiors, Sewing, Yarn and Fibers

DIY Rustic Rope Knotted Coasters

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Hello all! Like the new look? It’s still sort of a work in progress, but I think it’s much more hipster-tastic professional than my old layout.

But today we’re talking coasters. When you’re a kid, coasters seem like such a stupid thing, but then you grow up and plop $200 on a nice table, and suddenly thousands of tiny beads of water are encroaching upon your hard earned cash. Not cute.

We started by making some pallet coasters awhile back, but they came out kinda crummy and fell apart quite quickly. After seeing this knot DIY, however, I figured it was the perfect thing for some rustic coasters. Easy to make and totally gorgeous, you could almost sell these babies at Restoration Hardware. Read on to see how to make them yourself!!

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"Crafter" of the Week, Cross-stitch, Yarn and Fibers

“Crafter” of the Week: Kate Kretz

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Art can often be deceiving. Sometimes the most stoic looking art requires the most delicate of applications, while other times the most delicate pieces are actually the most irregular. Similarly, sometimes something so beautiful is actually extremely disturbing upon a second look.

This is one of those last times.

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Pattern Projects, Yarn and Fibers

Pattern Project: Puff Ball Bookmarks and Balling Your Yarn

Well this is my first official post, YAY! I decided to start with something simple but still really interesting, and was instantly drawn to a pattern by Gabrielle Blair (aka Design Mom) for “Yarn Ball Bookmarks.” The link for the DIY is super simple that even an older child could find heads of it. Find it here: Design Mom

In working on this project I wanted to use a lovely red/brown/orange skein I bought in Arizona last winter on a visit, but as is usually the case with skeins, I can never figure out how to use them without making a huge mess. I usually ball skeins for ease of use, so I’m gonna share how I ball my yarn here.

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