Taking a Thread Inventory

Threads, Vintage

For the past several Thursdays, we have been discussing threads.  Read more about Recommended Threads HERE and HERE.  Last week, I began reorganizing my thread–you can read that post  HERE.  As I purge my  threads,  I wish I had more information about some of the threads I’ve collected.  Some of the labels are gone completely, leaving me to guess what the thread is and where I purchased it.  I also wish I had more information about the cost of each spool.  Going forward, I plan to take a few notes every time I purchase a new thread and whenever I use a new thread in a project.   Here is the information I plan to collect:

Date-(I don’t even know in what decade some of my threads were purchased. )  Since thread doesn’t last forever, I think dating each spool might give an idea if thread is past it’s “Expiration Date”.

Thread-Brand and Name of thread (e.g.  Superior Omni)

Fiber-(and Weight)-Cotton, Rayon, Polyester

Needle-Once you have experimented with a thread, save time later by taking note of the needle used.

Vendor-Where did you purchase the thread? Where did you find the best price for the thread?  This will be useful when you want to refill your collection.

Price- Price per spool.  You might also calculate price/meter.  This will give you an estimate for relative cost of spools in your collection as well as a way to estimate the thread cost for a project.

Notes-Include the projects in which you have used the thread,  machine adjustments required, whether you would use it again, etc.

I think a few minutes taking notes will be a time-saver.  

Do you have any other information you would add to the inventory?

Thread Card, Inventory

Work in Progress-Popsicle Pillow

Popsicle Pillow Applique

I took a break from my bigger projects to work on a summer-themed project this week.

Popsicle Pillow Applique

Don’t you love popsicles in the summer?

Popsicle Pillow Applique

For this little pillow, I cut out the simple shapes and tacked them down with a little glue.  I layered the fabric on a piece of light-weight batting before zig-zag stitching around the raw edges.  This is a very informal way to appliqué.  I use it for experimental pieces and for quick, casual projects.

Popsicle Pillow Applique

Popsicle Pillow Applique

Once the pieces were appliquéd, I did a little free motion quilting to complete the pillow top.  (See The Circle free motion quilting tutorial HERE)

Popsicle Pillow Applique

Popsicle Pillow Applique

I will finish this pillow with piping and a simple quilted back…

Popsicle Pillow Applique

Sweet dreams!   (or sweet Dreamsicles!)


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