Yesterday a friend asked me how I store my beads for my stitching. Then I realized I never shared my bead storage. So, this is how I store my beads for my cross stitch projects:
I purchased these boxes at Joann’s. Each box has 30 little jars inside. I use circular labels from the office store to label each jar.
I currently have 3 boxes full, with the 4th box just about full. Here is how they look from the bottom:
So if I want to add beads to a project by color instead of number, I can turn the box over and see all the beautiful colors and size of the beads. It used to be when I purchased a cross stitch pattern, I would buy the fabric, beads, and any specialty threads all at the same time. A couple of years ago, I realized that I was buying the same color beads over and over. So I de-kitted everything and started storing my beads like this. And this is where I keep all of the duplicates:
So as you can see, kitting things was not a very good idea for me. So now I look in my bead box and my duplicate bead box before purchasing any more beads. Do you have a great storage tip?
I have to share some new stitchy stuff I received in the mail today:
Stitches N Things called me yesterday to say that all of beads, treasures, pattern and fabric were in. They mailed and I received today! They are so good to me 🙂 The pattern is Siren and the Shipwreck by Mirabilia and I will tell you that I just want to get started on her right now! But I can’t. I have to finish Emerald and then I have to get my next Round Robin going. More about that in a minute. The fabric above is Sea Lily in 16ct Aida. Since I have not been having a lot of luck with the hand dyed fabrics, I have decided to stick with the solid Aida for Siren. I may change my mind by the time I get ready to start stitching her, but for now that is the plan . There are some other pretty beads that the pattern calls for, but they are already in my stash.
Here is what I received in the mail onMonday:
Four hand dyed fabrics from Stephanie. Top left is Iris, next to that is Bliss. On the bottom left is Brigid, and next to that is Twixt N Tween. All are 16 ct Aida except the Twixt N Tween which is 28ct Lugana. I am torn with this shipment. Iris and Brigid dyed pretty close to what her website shows. But Bliss is pretty much a pink fabric with very little other coloring. I thought it would be more on the blue side with a little pink. The most disappointing however, is the Twixt N Tween. I purchased this in 28ct Lugana, and 26 x 36 for an upcoming Joan Elliott Round Robin that I will be participating in. My theme is Asian and I chose Twixt N Tween because on the website it is more orangy/brownish in color. I even viewed a few of the Geisha’s that I want stitched, in the fabric viewer and they look awesome with the orangy fabric. Perfect for Asian. And the Black lettering and outlining of my boxes would look awesome on it. But I don’t know if you can tell from the photo above, the fabric is mainly pink and gray. Totally not what I wanted for my Round Robin. So I haven’t decided what I am going to do at this point. It is a pretty fabric, but not what I was expecting. So…I have some decisions to make. In the mean time, I have to finish Emerald. I am getting close to finishing the stitching. Come back tomorrow for a progress photo. Thanks for stopping by to see what I have been up to.