21 February 2011

Maintaining sanity

One of my early challenges with my huge Gabriel and Mary cross stitch pattern (more about that here) was how I was going to keep the 160+ colours organised. I originally had a chart which interpreted the numbers on the chart to the DMC numbers, but I realised I was spending most of my time flipping back and forth between pages.

It took ages. So eventually, I hit upon a much better way of keeping myself organised (and sane!).

These are simply just post-it notes, cut up and stuck onto the top of each bobbin. This way, I could have my thread box organised according to the numbers on the chart, not the cotton colours themselves. I didn’t have to look up separate charts, and no flipping between pages on the book.

It’s been great! It's very simple but it's been a lifesaver, and has probably contributed a great deal to my actually (almost) finishing this thing!


  1. Linda after reading your post this morning and seeing how you organize your threads, your house must be much the same, purrrrfect!

  2. Actually, my house is a disaster! It's so easy to ignore it when you're spending a couple of hours cutting up post-it notes into tiny little bits!