Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Thread Storage - A Piece of Cake!

I saw this idea on another blog - I think it may have been the wonderful Kitschen Pink, but, you know how it is, you see so many great ideas....I cannot be the only person who finds horrible tangles of mixed thread in the sewing box, so I've been looking for alternative thread storage for a while. I know there are other ways, but I thought this would be a bit of fun for now, and it motivated me to sort out my whole downstairs sewing area at the same time - shame about the speaker, but that's life!
In the photo above, from left to right, are the 60s mending basket I bought at a VG, a 70s flowered basket I got at Veti Relais and a cane basket which was a present from my mother in law. Above that you can see a clipboard which has my scarily long mending list on it - I sorted through the things that needed mending and listed them according to colour - I've mended everything that needed either red or white thread already! It makes life a bit easier, so I actually get things done...
On the table (left to right again) are the '30s embroidered pin cushion I've already shown you and a needle book from my mother in law, the cake stand from Troc Tout with threads and other vintage sewing things, a pin cushion/thimble holder and, on the speaker, a basket of vintage threads and the wonderful ribbons Sarah sent me from NZ.
You can see the threads Son 2 gave me for my birthday, and....
...the sweet vintage pin cushion and thimble holder, with its two shabby little birds, which Son 2 bought in our 2 Euro Challenge last spring!

I'm quite happy with how it's come together, given the eclectic nature of my sewing things and all the other stuff (speaker, electrical lead etc) that have to be fitted into that area too. I hope it makes sewing easier and finding the right thread a piece of cake!

18 comments:

Cal said...

Well we know that Rennie Mackintosh said 'only have it in the house if it's beautiful or useful.' And you've combined the two ;> Great idea. xx

Jackie said...

Floss ~ what a lovely idea! At least you can see at a glance what threads you have. I love that little vintage pin cushion too :O)

Shabby Chick said...

I love that idea Floss, I've never seen that done before! You have some really sweet things there.

And speakers, I live with four surround sound speakers in the living room (I resisted for years but finally let him have his own way!)

Mel xxx

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

A GREAT AND SIMPLE IDEA!
I TOO HAVE BEEN DOING THE SAME THING...
IT`S AMAZING HOW MUCH ORGANIZATION A CRAFT ROOM, MUST HAVE... BIG OR SMALL!
THANKS FOR YOUR LOVELY COMMENT!

ENJOY LIFE`S SIMPLE TREASURES,
DEBBIE MOSS

Rose Charles said...

Hi Floss,

what a fab idea :-)

Rose XXX

Josie-Mary said...

What a great idea, love the sound of the list :)

jeannette stgermain said...

Since paintings already takes up so much space. I have my sewing and knitting supplies in plastic bins - my threads in a carton box that used to be for glasses, so it has partitions - but I wish I had the space for what you have done:)

Sarah said...

Good grief girl, you really need that sun to cool a little or that house of yours will be too perfect! I bet you are feeling very good about all this cleaning. Lovely display I must say. Cakes would be tastier though!!

Sal said...

A brilliant idea!;-)

marble rose said...

I love your ideas - I'm trying to utilize all 'treasures' into something useful. Tins usually - and lots of them!

Fleur
xx

Thecraftytrundler said...

Lovely idea, Floss!!
I HAVE A LITTLE SURPRISE FOR YOU, OVER AT CLOVER COTTAGE!!!!!

Sharon xx

Elyse said...

greetings, floss!

thank you so much for posting about my giveaway.

what a charming blog you have. love the pretty organizing idea!

xo

abeachcottage.com said...

hey floss, nice one! i need you in my study ;-)

Sarah

juanitatortilla said...

This has got to be my first time seeing this sort of "organisation" for threads!

Lucy Pursglove said...

I love eclectic little collections such as this. That pin cushion is very sweet. I've been hunting a nice cake stand for cake, I've been enjoying looking out for one :) x

Michela said...

Ingenious!

Florence and Mary said...

I've seen so many bloggers use cake stands as a storage tool and think it's a fab idea I will def be copying at some point!

Victoria x

Olga said...

This is a great idea for those who sow and mend a lot. You definitely seem to do a lot of mending. I like the thread colours in the basket standing on the speaker.