Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Organization - Embroidery Journal

I love embroidery.  I enjoy planning a project, finding the perfect pattern, selecting the floss colors, and gathering all the materials I will need.  I like to know about my equipment too - which needles I have, sizes and shapes of hoops and frames  However, I have realized that I need a little organization to keep track of everything.  From planning to completion, I want to have a record of the projects I am doing - which floss colors I used, when I started and finished a particular project, which pattern I used, where I bought the pattern, what stitches I used, what I used as my base fabric etc. etc. etc...It is a lot of information!  I want a way to record all this information and be able to refer to it in the future.  I finally have a embroidery journal! 

My embroidery journal consists of pages for documenting all the pertinent information for each embroidery project.  

There are 14 pages in the journal.  The pages are all designed to be placed in a binder.  The pages include:
-cover page
-project page -for recording and keeping track of all the pertinent info about the project
-sketch/inspiration - to plan and sketch out designs, attach inspiration pictures and samples
-project notes - to jot down notes - special instructions etc.
-to do list - to keep track of all the steps for the project
-pattern list - to record all the patterns in my collection
-resource list - to record all my sources for learning, shopping, inspiration etc 
-equipment list - to record all my needle types and sizes, hoops, frames and where I purchased them
-wish list- keep a record of the items I still need or want and where to find them!
-binder spine insert - two pages with a selection of binder spine
 inserts in a variety of styles and widths

These pages are so easy to fill out and the pages can be printed over and over again if I have a lot of information and need more than one page

They are perfect for keeping track of everything

I designed these pages in three colors - mint green, pink and blue:

There is also a page for the section of the binder where I keep all the pieces from printable embroidery patterns.  Remember my pattern binder?  I am updating it with this new system!

The spine inserts come in a variety of styles and sizes and can just be cut out and slipped in the spine of the binder:

I am having so much fun getting organized.  I love all three of these colors and I am having trouble deciding which color to use for my  binder!  I will post some pictures when I have my binder all ready to use.  These were really fun to design. 
I am putting this printable embroidery journal pdf in my Etsy shop!


Anonymous said...

Wow i love your organisation skills! And its so pretty

Kim said...

Thank you! It was a lot of fun to put together :)