Keeping threads

Keeping threads tidy is quite a challenge once you’ve built up a collection. Their natural tendency is to turn into a tangled mess as soon as your back’s turned. I keep them in a series of plain IKEA wooden drawers (see photo below for example).Ikea simple wooden drawers

This type of unit is compact enough to keep on a windowsill or desk, without getting too much in the way. I see from Wikipedia that IKEA now has stores in 40 countries, and it’s a very useful resource for really cheap storage. A couple of months ago I spent a happy Sunday afternoon organising my threads by colour (what it is to be an obsessive) into about sixteen drawers, as in the examples here. Threads, grey and yellow

Threads, yellow and white

I find this system works well for me, although it doesn’t stop the threads from tangling themselves up as soon as the drawer is closed. On the whole I like to have lots of threads to choose from, although as always, too much choice can be a bad thing…..

Some of my thread collection goes back many years to childhood, and even beyond. Many years ago a friend of mine at university was left a couple of boxes of threads by her grandmother. Being not remotely interested in stitching herself, she kindly passed them on to me, and I am still using them, many years later, and even more years since they were first acquired. They don’t seem to me to wear out or to become weaker with age, although I know that some people say they do. So I’ll carry on using them, pleased that they are being used maybe half a century later.


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