Monday, November 10, 2014
Alphabetically, numerically, color family
The last couple of times I have been together with the stitching girls there has been discussion about fiber organization. From the looks of this photo, my fibers are looking for some organization.
How do you sort/file your fibers: alphabetically, numerically or by color family? Just like filing my charts and stash, I file using all three methods.
For my Needlepoint Silks and Au ver a soie, I file numerically using Floss Away bags, grouping or dividing them together by number in hopes they will be easier to locate. (I have wasted an inordinate amount of time searching for fibers)
The Gentle Arts, Weeks, and Cresent Colors are filed alphabetically. One of the stitch girls (who happens to be a designer) organizes hers by color families. WOW! The fibers look beautiful organized this way, but for a stitcher (me) this system did not work because it took me forever to locate the called for color in a design.
When I am choosing/pulling fibers for a design, I often select either lighter or darker values of a color--sometimes because I like the lighter/darker color better and sometimes because I do not have the specific color but a lighter or darker version and sometimes the color gets lost on the linen. Confused?
My last visit to The Old Mercantile, I ordered a cabinet which will house my fibers. Shh don't tell AppleJack but this is his Christmas present to me, I took the liberty of helping him with his shopping.
One of my goals for 2015 is fiber maintenance. ALL my fibers are going to be stored in the cabinet--no more kitting, no more sitting aside fibers for projects. Am hoping this organization will result in more stitch time and much less frantically searching swearing I have that fiber time.