Threads have a certain life of their own. They can take over your place of residence if not tamed. I hand dyed some hanks of thread a few weeks ago. Now they are fine on the line but the minute you try to use them you realise you need to keep them in smaller quantities.
So the next stage in the process is to skein them off into something that is manageable and will not take over the living areas of your home. This is a bit of a task if you don’t have another person to assist in the process. What I used to do was to talk Jerry (my partner) into holding the hanks for me while I unwound them. I thought this was companionable and enjoyable a chance to chat and relax. Jerry however did not. For some reason he did not think that sitting for hours on end with his hands held at ninety degrees from his body as relaxing or even fun. He decided to solve the problem with a machine skein winder.
After examining various options he set about building me one using technology that dates back to the renaissance. He wrote a post on how he did it (including a quicktime of me using it) in his blog and has also provided a detailed account of how he made it on his personal site.
Threads look delightful at this stage all neat and skeined off, but they look even better when they find their way into my sewing cabinet ready to use. This sewing cabinet is also built for me by Jerry. I love it – including the drawer knob that is a miniature teapot and another that is a mug.
Every embroiderer who sees it goes weak at the knees not because of the threads inside but because of cabinet. Each drawer is designed to take the commercial thread cards and holds 250 or so.
There are smaller drawers for silk ribbon, odds and ends and the like and a large drawer at the base which is supposed to hold my current project. It doesn’t as what ever I am stitching lives where I put it down and this is usually next to the chair where I sit. In other words the elaborate conspiracy to encourage me to contain my bits almost worked but not quite if misbehaviour is rewarded like this who is going to be tidy! Now I am working on creating the right level of chaos in my studio with stuff spilling over in the living areas to have my studio done out by him. I think it will take about 6-9 months I will keep you posted.