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Jan '13

Sorting Things Out

If you ever need to sort things out in your hooking life, perhaps the answer to this question can help you.

Dear Gene – I am new to the internet camp and have a question:  What is the best way to organize strips for a project?  I usually cut 20-30 strips of each color I’m using in advance.  But as I hook, they all wind up in a jumbled mess and it is sometimes then difficult to tell them apart (“Is this the light-medium green or the medium green?”, etc.).  Does anyone have any a system that works?


PS:  I have already pre-ordered your Dye book.  I can’t wait.

Dear Lorna – I am glad you are interested in the dye book and did not even know there was a place to pre-order it!  You are ahead of me.  I won’t start taking a pre-order list for another couple of months.

While I am not sure that any one system works all the time for every artist – I always tend to start out organized and then digress to something that is close to being chaotic.  However, here are a few ideas and I am sure that IRgC members can offer even more.

1.)  If you own your own cutter, I would not pre-cut much more than I needed at any given setting.  Less cutting requires less storage and, consequently, less left overs.  Unless you are going to use all your wool for a given project, there is no need to over cut.  Uncut wool takes less storage space.  This approach also gives you more flexibility.  If your current project is being done with a #8, don’t over cut because your next project needing that wool might call for it in a #6.

All that said, many cutterless students come to my classes with the goal of cutting up enough wool on my Townsend cutters to last them for a month.  They would rather have more cut up than run out before the next session.

2.)  When I started hooking I bought these plastic forms that were specifically made for holding an 8 value swatch.  While I have not seen anyone offer them for sale for a long time, I can tell you that these were made out of plastic “blind” strips – those “hang at one end” patio door blinds on a track.  They aren’t much more than a hole with a slot to make for easy addition of strips.  Should you ever see an old set of blinds or even replacement parts, they could easily be cut with these notches.  I have seen people make similar arrangements out of heavy card stock but they don’t last overly long.


More suggestions for sorting are given.  Go to www.internetrugcamp.com/ if you would like to register.

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