16th August 2019

In last week’s All Stitched Up! #198  we unpacked ‘Elizabeth’s Musings’ from Needlepoint Now Magazine where she shared her frustration about how rare shopping for all things needle and thread in a fully stocked, local shop has become for many of us. She spoke of how we often finding ourselves shopping in bulk when we have the good fortune of stumbling across an enticing store further afield from where we live.

The challenge of this is making sure we know what we need when we happen upon such an opportunity!

Elizabeth makes sure that when she’s travelling, she travels with a list in hand of the supplies she needs, whereas her friend meticulously keeps a spreadsheet with all her projects on it along with the threads she has as well as those that are needed for each.

Now don’t get us wrong, we love a spontaneous shopping opportunity as much as anyone, but Elizabeth’s musing got us thinking about all those times we’ve come home with our goods in hand only to find we already have them sitting in our somewhat disorganised stash!

Earlier this year we introduced the method of ‘Kondo-ing’ which is a method of organising whereby we clear the clutter from our homes by keeping only those things that spark joy. Many of us at Inspirations HQ have managed to whittle down our needle and thread stashes since unpacking Marie Kondo’s method of organization, but one thing we’re yet to do is catalogue what we have and/or what we need for either the UFO’s we uncovered in the process or for those projects we’re yet to embark upon. And if we’re honest, one of the reasons we’re yet to, is that we haven’t stumbled upon the ‘just right’ way to do so!

Is it a simple list? A thorough spreadsheet? Maybe a catalogue of photos?

We’re hoping you might be able to point us in the direction of where to begin the process of cataloguing our stash, so if you’ve found the ‘just right’ way to keep track of what you have and what you need when it comes to all things needle and thread, we’d love to hear from you! Email us at

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