From The Editor

From The Editor

One of the most frequently asked questions that I receive from readers is, "How can I organize all of my embroidery supplies?" It's a question I wrestle with myself.

I store supplies in obvious places like closets and drawers and not-so-obvious places like between my machine cabinet and the wall. Small spaces like this are perfect to slide thread trays when turned on their sides. I also love decorative storage: The type of storage containers that can sit out in the open but also do double-duty to stash supplies. I put author Sue Barnabee on the hunt for practical—and some decorative—storage ideas for every size space (see "Back to Basics"). After you read the article, drop me a note at and let me know your favorite ways to store supplies and stay organized. You can also send .jpg images of your favorite storage ideas and storage spaces. I'll share your suggestions in an upcoming issue.

In addition to great storage solutions, we also have ideas for weddings, babies, Mother's Day, Father's Day and more. Add words of love to a ring bearer's pillow or frame art for the bride and groom (see "Words to Live By"); embroider a customized hanky for the bride-to-be (see "Dressed Up Wishes"); add embroidered accents to party favors for a wedding or a baby shower (see "Simple Chic"); or make a special quilt for a new baby (see "Sweet Sentiments"). Finally, remember mom by planning a Sunday tea and making a pretty spring table setting (see "Mother’s Day Tea Party"); and celebrate dad with a grilling tool kit that can easily travel to backyard or camping excursions (see "Grill Guru"). Be sure to send photos of your projects (.jpg images) for the Reader Gallery section of our e-Update newsletter (send to You can inspire fellow readers by sharing your embroidery projects.

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