Thursday, March 6, 2008

SBQ: Recycling Questions

This week's question was originally posted on January 4, 2005. Renee, who does a great job with the SBQs, has started recycling questions, and with good reason, which you can read about here.

After you stitch a pattern or kit, what do you do with it?

Usually, I file it away in one of my 3 ring binders. I use sheet protectors with my charts when I stitch, which helps keep them clean and neat and makes the transfer to the binder super easy. If the chart is particularly cumbersome or in a book or magazine, I use sheet protectors and photocopies so I don't damage the original chart.

When I'm done, I file the chart and any unique paperwork that might have accompanied it (usually in kits) such as cover sheets and color photos, right in the page protector sleeve. I do not keep generic "how to cross stitch" diagrams. Sometimes I will write on the back of the color illustration the date or the occasion for the piece. If the chart is from a kit, I put the extra threads in the sleeve as well.

I'll trade or sell most charts I've already stitched, though there are a small handful I will keep for no good reason other that I am sentimentally attached, even though I will never stitch them again. There are also a few small charts for baby, housewarming and wedding presents that I won't trade off because I will probably stitch them again.

The charts I am willing to part with are in the link in my sidebar.


Ruth said...

Thanks so much for all the organizing ideas. You are inspiring, but far above my patience to follow I fear. lol