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Floss Inn

How do you or­ga­nize your flosses when work­ing on a project or projects? Are they tossed around hap­haz­ardly? What if there was a sys­tem that held al­most any num­ber of flosses and kept them or­ga­nized? And what if that sys­tem also rolled up for easy porta­bil­ity and use any­where? Sounds mag­i­cal and unattain­able, right? Not at all. Enter The Floss Inn, which is an in­ge­nious cre­ation hand­made in New Mex­ico.

The Floss Inn is “a prod­uct for or­ga­niz­ing your needle­work projects in a way that makes threads very ac­ces­si­ble with­out the worry of a threaded mess,” per their web­site. Their cre­ator (and fel­low stitcher), Julie, said that her own stitch­ing “mess” was her in­spi­ra­tion for a sys­tem that would make things so much less tan­gling and frus­trat­ing. The Floss Inn is an or­ga­nizer com­plete with both fab­ric and plas­tic pock­ets. Each plas­tic pocket fea­tures a re­in­forced hole and a wooden bob­bin. Floss or thread is wound around the bob­bin and then placed into the pocket. You then thread the floss through the re­in­forced hole us­ing a large-eye nee­dle. Floss can then be eas­ily pulled and cut di­rectly from The Floss Inn. The fab­ric pocket above each plas­tic pocket holds ad­di­tional

Pic­ture This Plus 2018 New Re­leases: Bram­ble, Feldspar, Ru­bi­ous, Her­mosa

One as­pect of cross stitch where stitch­ers can never have too many choices or op­tions is fab­rics. From ev­ery hue in the rain­bow to a myr­iad of counts and tex­tures, it seems there is never a short­age of pos­si­bil­i­ties for de­signs. Nev­er­the­less, the in­dus­try’s lead­ers still find ways to in­tro­duce new and ex­cit­ing col­ors to tempt and daz­zle stitch­ers.

This March, the dye­ing-ex­traor­di­naire com­pany, Pic­ture This Plus, re­leased four new col­ors of their lus­cious hand-dyed fab­rics, fur­ther ex­pand­ing their seem­ingly end­less rain­bow of hun­dreds of fab­ric choices. For a more muted or tra­di­tional look with a bit of jazz, try their new Bram­ble, which is de­scribed as a light-toasted marsh­mal­low color, or Feldspar, a sil­ver-gray blend. For rich, vi­brant jewel tones, their to­mato-red Ru­bi­ous and blue den­imesque Her­mosa will have projects de­mand­ing at­ten­tion. All four col­ors are avail­able in stan­dard or in “Crys­tal,” which is fab­ric that has an opales­cent thread wo­ven into it. Each color is also avail­able in a mul­ti­tude of counts and styles, in­clud­ing Aida and linen. For more in­for­ma­tion or to or­der, con­tact your lo­cal needle­work shop or visit www.pic­turethis­plus.com. strands not cur­rently in use. No more tan­gles and no more scroung­ing to find the right floss! The Floss Inn is avail­able in sev­eral op­tions, rang­ing from 10-pocket to 100-pocket Inns. Color and fab­ric choices are vast, mak­ing it a cinch to find a style you can’t live with­out. The prices range from $39 to $289 based on size and cus­tomiza­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing a video on how to use, or to or­der, visit www. the­flossinn.com.

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