Spinning samples

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It’s been a busy week of cleaning, cooking, celebrating and visiting so I didn’t manage to make much progress on my current projects. I did however have a chance to do a little homework for the spinning classes that I’ve been taking for the past two weeks.

During the first and second spinning classes we received  10 small bags of wool fiber to prepare and spin.  We’ve been encouraged to keep  notes on each fiber so I spent a few minutes this morning  devising a system to store my samples.

I came up with this idea after seeing a similar product being sold as needle point thread organizer at my local craft store.

I first gathered the following items.

  • one binder ring
  • one hole punch
  • 3″ X 5″ index cards
  • self sealing snack bags
  • small cards ( cut from thick card paper)

Next, I assembled one bag for each fiber type. Each bag includes a small lock of  fiber,  a yarn sample wrapped around a small thick card, and an index card with notes on fiber preparations and the breed.

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To keep the samples packages together, I punched a hole in the corner of each bag and then inserted the binder ring into the holes.

Now all my samples are keeped together instead of getting scattered in my spinning basket. It’s really a simple idea that I hope will keep my samples organized and will serve as a good reference for future projects.

I sure that everyone has their own system for keeping samples. What to you do?

3 thoughts on “Spinning samples

  1. Great idea for the sample organization! I’ve been mulling over several ideas on how to organize mine, but haven’t come up with the “perfect” system yet. It sure would be helpful to have them all in one place. I was thinking of a system similar to yours, with the little baggies, but instead of using one binder ring, putting them in a small 3-ring folder.

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