Sewers are always coming up with new ways to store their embroidery floss.
I’ve seen a variety of cards, plastic holders and novelty items that you can attach your floss to.
But I wanted something that reflected my style and taste….
Something a little more… vintage.
First came this little lady for my current long term project.
This is a project that I work on just occasionally and it will take me some time to complete.
I named this sweet vintage girl Eleanor, after my nan.
She kind of matches my project.
Then a week later I was starting a new stitchery project and wanted to store some more embroidery thread.
I needed another floss holder.
So this little sweetie, Charlotte, joined the sewing bag.
I’ll be making several more of this particular project for gifts, so I left the floss on my Charlotte vintage floss holder.
Now this week I’m putting together a kit for a crafty catch-up date… and I’m sure you have guessed where this is going…
Yep, another sweet vintage lass has joined my hard working sewing organisers.
I promise you, she is the last.
There may be a few clones along the way, but I’ll stop at three designs.
I decided that I’d share my Rose Embroidery Floss design with you too.
She is so easy to make and you don’t need special tools.
Small piece of Balsa wood (available at craft and hardware stores),
1 x ‘Rose’ digital design (download HERE),
Matt photo paper for your printer,
Mod Podge and brush,
Sharp craft knife,
Drill and small drill bit or cylinder file.
Please read all instructions before beginning.
- Save the ‘Rose’ pdf file to your computer or print directly from the file.
- Print the document onto a piece of matt photo paper.
- Cut the design out allowing a 3 – 5 mm white border around the edge.
- Brush Mod Podge onto both the balsa wood and the back of the printed ‘Rose’ design. [diagram #1]
6. Lay the ‘Rosie’ cut out down onto the pre-glued balsa wood. Smooth out, removing all air bubbles. You may like to use a small squeegee or the edge of a credit card to ensure the photo paper has adhered well to the wood and without any bubbles or clumps of glue.
7. Allow project to dry well. Place the wood onto a cutting board and using a sharp craft knife, cut out the design around the printed edge. [diagram #2]
8. Use a pencil to mark where you’d like the floss holes. Use either a cylinder shaped file or a drill to make even spaced holes around the lower edge… remember, this is just balsa wood, so use a very light pressure. My holes are spaced 1.5 cm apart. [diagram #3]
9. Sand the edges lightly with fine sandpaper. [diagram #4]
10. Thread your embroidery floss through holes.
Tip: I placed a strip of masking tape down the back of Rose to write the floss ID numbers on.
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