I used a spreadsheet (think Excel) so I could sort by type or style or
subject. I have my books and mags cataloged as well as the charts and kits.
I've also cataloged fabs and fibers.
The mags and charts are in binders, plus a crate for those that don't fit
into binders. Kits are in a drawer of one of the rolling carts. Also in
rolling cart drawers are the fab and fibers as well as miscellaneous
stitching paraphernalia. This isn't ideal, but will have to do until we
move to the house this fall and I get my stitching room back. Then I'll set
up wooden cabinets to hold fabrics and fibers.
Drawers all over the place!
From the hardware store, I got some "parts cabinets" -- the drawers are
the right size for a skein of floss to lay almost flat. Because I have
several brands of floss, I organize mine by color (Reds in the first
drawer, pinks in the next, peaches, corals, oranges, etc.) though a
friend who has only DMC does hers by number.
I store the fabric in drawers that allow me to lay it flat, again, filed
My kits (and kitted projects) are in file boxes: Small (up to roughly
5x7), Medium (roughly 8x10), and Large (11x14 and up), and then some
boxes specifically for certain categories that I have a lot of (like
Cats, Stuff for Mom, and Purple Stuff). Theoretically, this allows me
to find a project by looking through just one box ... assuming I was in
my right mind when I filed it. I came across "Celtic Banner" in the
Medium box, which it most assuredly is not!
Charts are on a bookshelf. Where I have a substantial number in one
category (e.g., Cats or Alphabets), they are in a magazine file.
I've never taken the time to set up a database. Takes too much precious
time away from stitching!
There is a database program out there called CrossMagic. I find it helpful
for cataloguing my flosses more than anything, but if you also do your
charts, it has a great report menu that will tell you what you need to buy
to do a certain chart or which chart you could stitch with your current
inventory. You can download a shareware version here:
for the rest of my stuff...well I'm still working on getting my DMC floss bobbins out of Darice boxes and into something a little nicer. Over the holidays I received a nice stitching chair and a lot of help to buy a 9-drawer CD cabinet that holds my fabrics and fun threads.
Hope that helps.
is a Windows program built in Access. No matter what you choose, remember to backup frequently. That's why I say "used to use" because I lost it when my hard drive fried and just haven't had the time to rebuild it. Not to mention I also lost the registration key so I'd have to pay for it again.
I actually have a filing cabinet that I use to organize my patterns. I
file them by category (halloween, row samplers, holiday, misc., etc). I
don't really have any fabric to organize because I only buy fabric when
I am actually gonna sit down and make something.
Microsoft Access has a whole host of databases ready to use. I don't think
there's one specially for fabric and threads, but there must be one that
works, or one that could be adapted to work.
Hmmm... maybe there's a market and I could write one? (In return for stuff)
What excatly do you require from such software?
For the fabric portion of the DB: color, count, type (linen, Aida,
Lugana, etc.), and size (no point rummaging for that 5x7 piece of Kermit
Green if you need a 15x18 piece. Should be searchable in any of those
categories -- show me all the green fabric, show me all the 15x18 pieces
(can you write it to show minimum of 15 x minimum of 18 rather than only
pieces that are precisely 15x18?)
Now for the big question ... how would people find fabric size easiest
to use? My former LNS used to mark it with the number of Aida squares
or linen threads in each direction, i.e., 123 x 234, which was quite
convenient in figuring out whether your chart would fit on it.
Charts: name of chart, name of designer, type of chart (cats, flowers),
size of chart (whether you want to make that Small/Medium/Large or
specifically 196 stitches x 253 stitches), and a column that at the very
least tips you off that it requires some unusual stuff, and preferably
allows you to enter *what* unusual stuff (Watercolours 123, Waterlilies
456, 2 MillHill charms #90909).
You don't need to pay again! Just use the feedback form on my website
to contact me and ensureyou give me the email address you were using when you originally boughtCrossMagic, and I'll email you another copy of your CrossMagicregistration key.
I get people contacting me all the time saying they need a another copy
of their registration key because they lost CrossMagic due to having
hardware problems, so I'm quite used to re-issuing registration keys.
Just as long as I can verify that you did indeed register CrossMagic at
On Thu, 19 Jan 2006 21:17:47 +0100, "Valentina"
My computer came with Microsoft Works installed. Within it is a
database for books that worked perfectly with my cross stitch book
inventory. There's room for comments so I can indicate what was of
special interest to me in each book. I'm up to about 1000
charts/books and the database is searchable, so that helps. There's
space for price so I can mark both cover price and what I actually
paid on sale. I keep one for crochet and knitting books also and plan
to do the quilting books this year.
I used the preinstalled spreadsheet to inventory my floss so I can see
at a glance what colors I need. Since I have between 4 and 20 of each
color DMC makes, it is good to see where I can fill in when a great
sale comes along. I really need to do a database on my quilt fabric,
but that would be a huge undertaking. HTH, Moni
What Karen said, but for type of chart, the ability to select more than
one category, and to customize the category list, creating as many
categories as one wants.
For example, you may have a chart of a cat in a Christmas stocking. Is
that cats, or Christmas? Is a butterfly in a garden under butterflies,
flowers, or nature? Is a Pooh sampler under Pooh, or samplers? If I
have to choose only one category, it is inevitable that the category I
think I'll be most likely to look under turns out to be the one I think
of last when I then go looking for the item. I'm all for the ability to