I really like having my craft supplies and tools all organised. There are many organisational tools out there, and I will be blogging about some of my favourites in future posts, but sometimes it is nice to make something yourself that really fits its purpose.
Most of my embroidery threads are stored in DMC gold concept folders. I use those not only for DMC stranded cotton but also for my Chameleon stranded cottons and perlées and my Au ver à Soie – Soie d’alger threads. The stichbows work great and it is very easy to see what colours you have and match them for a project.
For some threads, such as my whitework and goldwork threads and Au ver à Soie perlée bobbins that type of storage is not ideal. I always liked the idea of the DMC wooden collector’s box but its shiny finish does not really match my room and I really wanted a unit to store the items I wanted entirely to my specifications. In our local Rivièra Maison store I spotted a small drawer unit that would be ideal to transform into my very own customised needlework cabinet.
After some initial planning, measuring and drawing, I bought some softwood mouldings from my local DIY store to make dividers for the drawers. The biggest challenge was getting everything to fit as it turned out the drawer unit is definitely handmade as none of the internal measurements are entirely the same.
The first drawer I made, will house my Soie perlée bobbins. I used 6 mm quarter round mouldings, which I first glued to the bottom of the drawer before painting the entire inside of the drawer white.
The second and third drawer I am still working on a will be for my goldwork and my whitework supplies. This time I used 35 mm by 7 mm moulding. The internal dividers are going to be painted white like the first one. For the final three I am still deciding what dividers to make. Once the entire unit is finished I will be posting some more pictures.
Apart from this DIY-project I have been busy with my cross stitch church and practising my crochet. Pictures to follow in the next few weeks.