Whether your passion is embroidery, quilting, knitting, or mixed media, storage is a problem for any fiber artist . But when you live in a space that is 27 foot long by 8 foot wide, the issue of storage is a problem whether you’re a fiber artist or not! From the beginning of our time on the road I have been searching for the perfect solution.
Since Jeff and I have consistently been trying to decrease the weight we carry in the trailer, I am now using about ½ the under the bed space and ¾ of the living room cupboard space. This has taken a lot of work and a lot of honesty, not to mention a fair amount of growth in the realm of non-attachment—for both of us. (The dogs refuse to make any changes at all!)
A couple of things have helped to make this downsizing possible.
- I decided what projects I really want to have done in a year that could realistically be completed given my stitching history.
- I picked a couple UFOs to focus on, keeping in mind if I finish them before the end of October I can always pull out a couple more.
- Given these choices, I picked out which reference materials would be critical to carry with me.
- Everything else was put in the front of the storage unit and labeled very clearly for ease in sorting next spring.
- I found a way to store all the thread that doesn’t fit neatly on floss cards (without spending a small fortune for some fancy new “System.”) Yup! I did!
I found a photo album that has archival quality photo pockets. The pockets are divided by acid free paper. They are supposed to hold a photo that is about 4 X 6, so are perfect for perle cotton weight thread. I labeled each pocket front and back with the thread company, thread weight, and color number. (Each pocket will hold two skeins.)
I also found archival quality pocketed storage sheets meant for the older, smaller baseball cards. The little pockets are perfect for Rainbow Gallery thread cards, Weeks Dye Works flosses, and other smaller skeins of thread. Again, I labeled each pocket with relevant info.
I like this because it’s flexible. As I add a color, I can take off the labeled info and rearrange as necessary. I have loads of extra pages so I can add as my inventory changes. And it’s easier to maintain my Excel inventory of threads. Most importantly, I can easily pull colors from different companies to create my color palette.
There are still a few oddball items, particularly spools. Those I have in two boxes, one a tin for metallics and the other is a Shaker box (made by Allen Fannin) that I use for my balls of Perle cotton.