New Year Cross Stitch Plans and Organization

Hello Everyone and welcome back for the second part of my planning and organization post. Today is all about cross stitch and I would like to share some of my plans for the Winter Quarter and my newly organized floss, fabric and accesories.

Let’s start with the newly organized dresser.

This dresser was my husband’s from when he was a kid. He’s had it since his first apartment and I’ve always used it for some kind of storage since we were married. The bottom drawer recently contained my knitting supplies and the yarn that I brought with me to the new house. I moved all of that into storage containers (I’m not knitting right now) and used that drawer for my cross stitch fabric.

I divided the fabric up into four groups: 14/28 ct, 32 ct linen, 16/32 ct Aida and evenweave, 36/40 ct linen. I made dividers from the card stock that comes with the Layer Cake precut fabrics. Cutting them into fourths made them the perfect size to go into these contains from Kohls. I hope I can keep these neat as I look for fabrics!

This is a reminder of what the middle drawer looked like. It has all the floss and stitching notions and accessories in it and was terrible when I had to dig through it to find things.

The drawer now contains all the DMC. I started cross stitching when I was in my 20’s so I already had a nice selection, in fact, 7 containers full. I like my DMC on bobbins because I think it’s easier to store that way. The open basket contains new skeins I’ve bought for planned projects. I will usually bobinate a new skein when I first use it. The plastic box in the back and the white zip bag contains flosses from my mother-in-law and her mother. I separated out the DMCs from the JP Coats. There are some pretty specialty threads included in there, too.

I’m using the top drawer (which held the fabrics) to hold all my accessories and notions for stitching. This includes extra scissors, needles and bobbins. I’m also storing my finished smalls that need to be fully finished in this drawer. The blue and white bag contains a small collection of Valdani floss and beads. These drawers are so much neater and I’ve already pulled a few things out and it has been so much easier to find them.

I used the Floss n Store bins from Fat Quarter Shop to store all the hand dyed floss and the Sulky and Aurifil threads for cross stitch. I know a lot of people store the hand dyed by color, but I organized them by manufacturer and then alphabetically. I had those flosses on large floss rings stored in small zip bags and it was getting too cumbersome when I tried to find one. I can see the colors from the top if I’m trying to substitute for a certain color. I also have some empty spots as I continue to add to new flosses. The drawers pull out so there won’t be any reason to move the whole bin.

As I said, I’ve already used my neat drawers. I have made some new plans for the Winter quarter, but first I want to show how I document my cross stitch projects.

I use Plum Paper planners for my main household planner. These planners are customizable from the cover to the layout of the inside pages and have many add in pages. I’ve been using them for about 6 years now. They are always on sale during Black Friday for 30% off, so I always purchase my new one then. They also have customizable notebooks. I have several quilting design notebooks which have graph paper on the inside. When I was looking for a way to track my cross stitch projects, I finally decided to use one of these notebooks with the dots.

The page above is the general layout for each project and I’ll write out several of these pages in advance. Once I start a new project, I’ll start listing the information. I can use the whole bottom area for additional notes and information on fully finishing a project. When I have a large project with multiple parts like Anniversaries of the Heart, I may have multiple pages. I used 5 pages for that one, mostly to keep track of all the different floss substitutions for each of the charts.

Above is the page for Mr. McGobble by Pinker n Punkin Quilting. The start date at the top left is when I first kit the project. I have a few in the book that have a start date, but no stitching on them yet. On the right is the stitching start date and the fully finished date so I can see those at a glance. Further down the page, you can see that I write down the stitching start, finish and fully finished dates. I like to track how many days it took to stitch, too. I also include all the pattern, fabric and floss information and where I purchased them. At the bottom, I will usually include measurements and information about how I fully finished the project. If I’ve made my own template, I will add that to the page. I’ve started including pictures of my quilts in my quilt journal, but have not done that yet for my cross stitch pages. I should, because, am I going to remember the names of these things after a few years? I doubt it.

Another tool I’ve just started using recently is this small planner that I keep with my stitching projects, which is in the family room. I used to jot down what I worked on in my quilting planner in my sewing room, but sometimes, a couple of days went by before I got to it, and then I had to think about what days I worked on what. Now, I take a few minutes when I’m finished stitching for the day to jot down what I worked on that day.

Just like my quilting plans, I made plans for the Winter quarter for my cross stitch projects. I have never selected days to work on certain projects, but I thought I would try to do that with a few things. I want to work on Winter Rose Manor as my morning stitch until it is finished or at least through this quarter. I also want to consistently work on the new start Birds and Berries. I’ve chosen to work on that one every Sunday, that way progress will be made on it. I also want to work on a few others so they get completed. To do that, I plan on working on them two days a month. I’ve written those projects in ink in the small planner as a reminder to work on those that day. We’ll see how all of this works out. I usually have three or four things going at the same time and will decide from day to day what I want to work on.

I hope I’ve been able to give you a few ideas on planning and organizing. I have been watching and reading planning videos and blogs for the past couple of weeks to get new ideas, too. I saw the cross stitch fabric storage idea on an older video from someone I don’t usually watch. I’m sorry, but I can’t remember who that was now.

I hope you are enjoying the first part of your new year with new projects and new plans. If you are organizing your crafty things, have fun with the process. It can be messy for a few days, but once it’s done it’s so nice to look at the cleanliness and see everything that were in piles before.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

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6 Responses to New Year Cross Stitch Plans and Organization

  1. Little Quiltsong says:

    Your newly organized floss storage cabinet looks beautiful with how you arranged everything. I too have started to write down many of my future cross-stitch patterns that I want to make, and the month I want to start them on. Looking forward to your stitching progress in the new year.


  2. says:

    Looks great! I hope to get my crafts organized this month.

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  3. Lydia says:

    I love those storage containers-I’ll have to look into those. Thanks for sharing all these great tips.


  4. Carol in Texas says:

    Love this, Brenda. I am so impressed with your discipline! My head swims!!!!!! I will take your plans under consideration and see what I might use from them. I do love the pieces you are working on…..especially Winter Rose Manor. And I like the way you have adapted the PS December chart.


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