I've seen lots of pictures of cute and colorful sewing rooms with sassy thread displays and often wondered if I was a thread hoarder. I have at least 10 spools of various shades of light pink and probably five more of fuchsia ... in addition to the millions of other spools that are scattered around my studio. Do these people even sew? Because there is no way I could begin to fit my thread it cute little glass containers.
My mother, who sewed professionally, didn't have a lot of thread (she stuck with the basics), but what she did have was hung on a brown pegboard that was next to her machine in her sewing room. When I first started sewing, that's what I did. I spent time sorting and hanging and color-coding and re-organizing and it looked colorful and fun. Plus my thread was within arm's reach - and I love ergonomics. Then about a year or so later, I took my machine in to be serviced and got a lecture on dust.
It seems that when I hung my thread on a peg board, all the dust from my sewing room collected on the spools. That dust was depositing itself into my machine. Not a good thing. So I learned that I needed to keep my thread away from dust, heat, and humidity. So I started paying attention to how others stored their thread. When I took an embroidery class, I noticed thread stored in a small plastic Sterliite drawer unit. I bought some of those and did exactly that. Problem solved.
But then I had lots of new thread that I wasn't using yet - thread that I stocked up on when it went on sale. So one morning during breakfast, I put on my thinking cap and asked myself, "What container is free, unbreakable, and transparent?" And the answer was staring right back at me: peanut butter jars.
Here are the jars in the drawers.
Right now this works for me. Because my studio is a public area, I keep my own thread hidden away. If this was my home studio, I'd probably have these hung on a wall somewhere.
It reminds me of my dad's workroom with babyfood jars hung from the ceiling (the lids were screwed in the floor joists and the jars twisted on). I think it would look amazing to have the lids of my peanut butter containers screwed into a painted piece of wood (framed, too), then have the jars screwed into the lids. Hung on the wall? It would look like a piece of art!