I thought I would share with you my ‘travel pack’ of threads.
When Mum died recently, I went to stay at my sisters and I took my sampler. The problem was, I did not really know what I was going to stitch, or, how much stitching I would do.
So I decided to take a selection of colours. As sometimes happens, a simple thing turned into something else! On this ring each thread is a meter long and is simply looped as shown in the photographs.
I am sure everyone knows how to make these, but just incase the photos is not clear enough, what I do is fold the thread in half and loop the threads over the hoop.
Once you thread the yarn through the loop you pull snug like this.
As I was making it up, I simply took delight in the colours, but it has proved to be very handy as I simply snip a thread off as I need it. I have a feeling that I am going to use slightly smaller versions of this for other projects as it has proved to be a wonderful way of carrying a lot of different threads.
Not only does it look nice, and travel well I am sure it would be great for some workshops where you don’t know quite what you will use!
One thing if this becomes a regular feature on my work table, or if I made it up again I would make sure at least 3, 1 meter lengths of any one thread is on the hoop. In other words 3 meters as I have had to go scurrying to find ‘that thread’.
Other than that, this ring of threads is proving to be a highly successful way of having a wide and varied choice of thread without lots of thread boxes etc around my desk.
I find I am reaching for colour combinations that are out of my normal range or combining textures in slightly different ways too. It happens because I see the threads side by side. They can sit in thread boxes but I have to reach for them. With this ring of threads, more happy accidents happen and see possibilities I might not have noticed.
Just thought I would share the idea!