Monday, December 14, 2009

felt and floss


Ahhhhh...received my fresh infusion of lovely wool-blend felt from Prairie Point Junction. They have a wide color range and great customer service. They offer their felt in these 12 in. x 18 in. pieces for $1.65 a sheet! And no, this is not a paid endorsement. Ha. I wish.

I really wish I could show you some felt stuff I've been making. I'll have to wait until after the gift giving is done.


And I finally got around to doing something I've always meant to do. Winding all my embroidery floss onto these little cardboard bobbins. Man. It only took forever. Oh, the snarls and the knots and the compressing of lips and rolling of eyes to the ceiling and the wishing fervently I was on the last stinkin' skein. Glad that's over. Now I need a little plastic bin to keep them all organized by color instead of the gallon plastic baggie I am currently using.

19 comments:

  1. Now that you are all done winding the floss on the cardboards, grin, the easy way to do it is leave the wraps on the floss and pull out several lengths, wrap it on the card, then pull out several more lengths, then wrap till you are done, saves a lot of wear and tear on your hair, your fingernails and your temper, grin. Oh yes, I have 7 large boxes full of my floss, plus 2 small ones with the varigated floss. I love those boxes and they aren't that expensive. BarbM

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  2. Hehe, I know exactly what you mean about the gallon plastic baggie! I get a little embarrassed every time I remember that I'm a sewer yet carry my embroidery around in my purse in a gallon plastic baggie. It's a little sad, but I guess that's what happens when you never make anything for yourself but only for others. I'm ashamed ;)

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  3. Thanks for the tip on the felt. :)

    I, too, just finished winding all my thread mess. It's a chore, for sure, but I'm SO glad I finally got around to doing it. With that being said, I still don't have a container for it. One thing at a time, I guess!

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  4. I am following the link to the felted wool shop RIGHT NOW! Thanks for sharing. PS: I've made 1 Mikey and 2 Katys so far...4 more are cut out...SO ADORABLE!

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  5. I am dying over here looking at all that felt! I'm going to have to check out that shop...felt is so lovely.

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  6. wow, can't wait to see what you make with all that felt!

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  7. I think I have felt envy. Looking forward to seeing what you've been making....

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  8. Can't wait to see what you've been making. You always do such a fantastic job!

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  9. Last year I went through that never ending winding process too but I'm so glad I did. I think it was from that point that I started using all my stash, because it's more comfortable and you can really see what you have. Organizing them by colour inside the boxes is fun to do. For me the difficult thing is to leave them in the same place after I use them... :-)

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  10. When the frustrations sets in, that's when you start to employ the child labor. They love to get paid by the cookie! ;)

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  11. Everybody, thanks for the sweet comments, I can't wait to show you too!

    Barbara, that is a great winding tip. And would work like a charm if yours truly hadn't already hopelessly tangled up all my skeins using them as I go in a higgledy piggledly fashion. ahem.

    Kaye, I know right? the down side to having the organizer for the floss is the fact that a gallon bag is just so much easier to pack.

    Kir, my aren't we a busy bee? wow.

    Jessica, I need your way of thinking. That never even crossed my mind, dang it!

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  12. It must just be me but I like winding new floss on new bobbins - I like doing it really slowly & carefully & neatly. Although I only do 3 at a time or my thumbs get sore. I use the plastic boxes, and keep them on the floor near my couch - such fun when I kick them over & thread goes everywhere. I tried the DMC plastic holders that keep thread in it's wrapper but they were a nightmare and would never sit in the folders.

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  13. I love those bobbins! Where did you buy them?

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  14. Oooooohhhh. I just got the Prairie Point Junction Dream Bundle. Yum-Yum!

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  15. Helen, there must be a name for your condition. :-) Although I can't really comment because you've seen my OCD side. I have to admit, after the winding was done and I had this neat pile of floss on bobbins, it made me very happy.

    Front Porch Quilts, those bobbins were purchased from Hancocks Fabric, but I am assuming you can find the same thing at most craft and fabric stores, near the floss. Sure beats making your own, which I did before my sister said, "hey, you can buy those." duh.

    Kristy Carter: jealous!

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  16. This post reminds me of that old Popsicle commercial. "The colors, Duke, the colors!"

    The first thing I do when I buy new floss is wind it up on a bobbin. I find it really, really relaxing. I found my plastic container at the dollar store ... for a dollar. Since I do cross-stitching and have to follow charts, I organize by number. Then again, I also organize my books, movies, and cereals alphabetically.

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  17. Larissa- I am swooning over that felt. Thanks for the link!

    Congrats on all that winding. What an accomplishment.

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  18. Oh, I have some of this felt too, its wonderful. I just made a little craft out of it :)

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  19. I was so thrilled when I finished winding my floss. I bought a case similar to this to store it in at JoAnns: http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?CATID=cat3015&PRODID=prd57108

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