in just a few short weeks my floss collection went from this:
(eeks! i am scared just looking at it! i swear this image wasn't set up - that is REALLY how i stored and carried my ever-growing collection of floss for the past year or two. horrendous! shameful! embarrassing!)
aaaah.... that is SO much better.
it took several hours of untangling knots and winding cards while watching netflix movies. a lot of the really messy stuff in the middle of the jumble got thrown away -- stuffed into strawberries, actually. i've got several more skeins, though -- i think i may need and want a second box!
hooray organization! so - my advice to anyone starting out with embroidery or cross-stitch: get yourself a floss box - right away -- as soon as you get your first skein of embroidery floss. these little boxes are only like $5 and it'll save you a lot of aggravation down the line!