|Large cones and balls of yarn stored by colour|
Storing all this is quite a challenge, especially as a good deal of what I have is not labelled. Through experience, I can usually identify natural fibres by sight and touch. Man-made and fibre mixes are more tricky. I've found, after trying various systems, that what works for me, is grouping my yarns by colour in see-though lidded plastic boxes, in the same way I store my fabrics. Smaller reels or skeins are grouped by type, with the occasional impostor!
|Clockwise from left: Pearl cotton & cotton crochet threads, miscellaneous variegated threads, strings of beads, rayon (viscose) machine embroidery threads, tapestry and space dyed wool, lace reels, more machine embroidery threads.|
Any small amounts left over I wind onto bits of card and keep them in a portable box for a good variety that I can take with me on workshops.
In a similar way to making fabric colour bags, sometimes I keep a variety of yarns grouped by theme for inspiration.
For Project 9, 'Woven Structures', we need a good selection of yarns of different fibres and textures. I've prepared the seascape-inspired collection below.