13 February 2012

a sleepy weekend

This weekend was a weekend of rest. I tend to run at full speed and occasionally my body puts up a huge protest and I find myself faced with the choice of taking a couple of days to rest or pushing it to a point that will drive me into a kind of exhausted sickness.

So I chose to rest this weekend. Not really something I'm good at. I watched this on Netflix (I'm totally fascinated by Mt. Everest things) and read through some magazines and cuddled the westie. (Dooley feels that I should behave this way every weekend, he enjoyed the extended snuggles and naps we had.)

Wanting something simple to do, I found myself thinking about something I had seen on Pinterest. I came across this from the Naturally Dyeing blog. Once I stopped hyperventilating over the colors (and yes, I checked, she's not selling these), I was able to focus on the very nifty way she wrapped the thread around wood clothes pins.

I've been on a slow meticulous cleaning and sorting and organizing quest since early December. I sat down and decided that I know what kind of artist I am now so all the extra things I don't need anymore can go to new homes. But I decided to take it slow and just go through things at my own pace.

I'm a hand embroidery / sewing thread nut and came across a small bag with a bunch of DMC wool thread I had bought who-knows-when. (This is why I am cleaning. In a way its like an adventure, I'm finding "new" things I had long forgotten about.) I decided to give the clothes pin holder trick a try with them:

 I'm in loooooooooooooovvvvvveeeee...

I think this is a genius way to organize hand embroidery/sewing threads. I have several packages of the wood clothes pins from the dollar store (so its an affordable method too) and I'm going to just chip away at it as I go. Slow and steady seems to be my motto this year. :)

By the way, I'm always on the lookout for new thread sources so if you have a favorite, let me know in the comments! :)


Anonymous said...

I love those clothespins! I've done them with the oldfashioned one that we used to make dolls with when we were little. Your pins look like little bunnies.

They are way cuter than those white plastic cards.

Have you ever checked out Mullberry Silks? I will send you info and post to pinterest too.

Judi Hurwitt (Approachable Art) said...

They look like a brilliant way to store threads without getting them all tangled! I'm glad you got some rest, you weren't feeling well a few days ago. *hugs*

Jay said...

Great Idea!!! I am on my way to organize my threads!!!!!

Jeannie said...

I sat and organized my floss last night. I am organizing also and finding things that were hidden away is like a good mail day. I love the clothespin idea. I have been braiding my heavier threads, but I like the look of yours. Hope you are feeling better. xo

Gisela Towner said...

That's totally brilliant -- no loose, unravely bits! Very cool

Sonia / Cozy Memories said...

Thank you very much for mentionning my natural dyeing blog & my photo on Pinterest. I'm very happy you enjoyed this very simple idea. Like you said, I'm not selling them, but I'm not saying I will never ... (one never knows what the future holds)