Monday, June 11, 2012

Three Ways to Contain Your Textile Art

What do gardening and the textile arts have in common? Why the love of containers, of course! Here are 3 types of containers I use all the time. My geraniums came in these cute little baskets (above) from the gardening department of an un-named hardware store. Perfect for thread storage.
Here you see a plastic planter. I've been using a set of these for dyeing for years. The day I found them a giant light blub came on over my head.
And here is why drinking orange juice can pay off. Not only do you get lots of vitamin C but a container for your dyes as well.  Any other ideas? I'd love to hear them.

11 comments:

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...
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Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

Wonderful ideas, Laura! I never thought of storing threads like that! And Simply Orange is the choice of OJ at our house too! :)

Sequana said...

I cover Sam Adams beer boxes with fabric and Elmer's (like I would use more expensive ModPodge) and use them for *everything* on my workroom shelves. They work a treat.

I'm not the beer drinker around here, but that's another story. :)

Gene Black said...

Ha ha.. I have never dyed with procion dyes, but I have reused those orange juice bottles.

I use the plastic coffee cans (the red ones that my co-workers empty) as paint buckets/water buckets for painting. the smaller ones make good storage also.

I use a Crystal Light container (label peeled off) for my threads and needles for hand work.

krisgray said...

Love your re-use containers. I, too, cover DH's beer boxes and store WIPs, etc., in them. The plastic meat trays are also handy next to my sewing machine for holding patchwork pieces of current projects.

Amy Parra Morusiewicz Fun from A to Z! said...

Gee, I thought you were so excited that you couldn't contain yourself!

Truffle queen said...

While at your workshop one of the women asked how we could get a "vat" long enough for dyeing multiple colors. I thought of the long "vat" you use for wallpaper. Plastic, cheap, long... The plastic containers from Chinese take-out combo dinners are great for small projects to "take out"!

JessicaSews said...

Thank you, Laura! These ideas are great. We've been washing out/saving creamer containers and it looks like after reading your post, we now have another use for them!

Lisa said...

I love the little baskets! But for mixing and storing my dyes I use glass containers... those Starbuck's Frappaccino drinks? (Of course it has to be the mocha flavor, that's the best for storing dye, lol) I know, It's difficult to get enough of those bottles for all my colors, but hey, anything for art :-D

WoolenSails said...

I usually use up my dyes so never store them, but great idea. I use everything and anything to store, since I have things all over the house, lol.

Debbie

Katina said...

I haven't started dyeing yet but have been saving individual water bottles with the "sport" lid for liquid dye storage. That way I have a thin stream of dye for small projects or areas of color.