Organizing Jewelry Stringing Supplies

by Lisa Yang.
(Los Angeles, California, USA)

I have always stored my stringing materials in plastic zipper bags. Not the greatest system, but I didn’t know there was anything else to use! Recently, I discovered a thread rack that I can use to organize all of my bead stringing thread, macrame cord, spools of wire, elastic cord – you name it!

Using a thread rack to organize stringing materials and wire.

It works just great and keeps everything right in front of me. It also keeps the spools from unraveling in the bags which always made a big mess. I really love that I can hang it on the wall above the book case where I keep my beading supplies and also take it down when I am doing a project. The back has an easel to prop it up at your work area.

I hope you like my idea to use a sewing thread rack to store your bead stringing materials and wire spools. I think you can also use it hang hanks or strands of beads, but I’ll need to buy another one to try that!

Lisa Yang
Lisa Yang Jewelry
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  • Tamara says:

    Hi Lisa! Your system is nice and neat and organized looking. That’s a good idea. I’m familiar with the “wire in the baggies” scenario!

    I noticed that you have a lot of spools of thread there. Do you use thread for stringing beads? I’ve experimented with that a bit, and like the idea of it. But I also know (from experience) that cotton thread can stretch, creating too much slack. What do you use your thread for, if you don’t mine me inquiring?

  • Lisa Yang says:

    Hi Tamara –
    The beautiful colored thread is C-Lon Micro Cord and C-Lon Bead Cord. The Micro cord is good for bead stringing and bead crochet. The Bead Cord can be used for the same things, but it also suitable for micro-macrame and kumihimo braiding. C-Lon is nylon cord and does not stretch in my experience. You can see examples of what I’ve used the cord for on my blog. Most recently I’ve used it for kumihimo braiding, but I’ve also done bead crochet projects. In general, I don’t do very much stringing, but I suppose I have enough thread and cord that I can! I can’t resist the colors of C-lon – they’re so fabulous, I always have trouble picking just one or two!

  • Tamara says:

    Thanks, Lisa! The colours are very pretty – I think that’s why I noticed them. I think the cord being nylon would be the key, as opposed to cotton thread I guess. So much to experiment with! 🙂

  • Lynda says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this organization/storage idea. My own stash is a mess-in-a-bag and could definitely use this nifty rack.

  • Kristina says:

    This is an awesome idea! But what do you think I should do about cord that isn’t on a spool, like ribbon scraps or suede cord?

  • Lisa Yang says:

    Hi Kristina –
    For the ‘loose’ stuff, I think you could make a loop on the end of the cord or ribbon and let them dangle off one of the pegs. if you’ve got lots of scraps, I’d stick with the bag though – some things aren’t meant to be organized. Just like I always have a bowl of bead soup with the leftovers from projects. Periodically, I go through and try to find homes for the beads that I still have in my stash, but the ones that are the last of their kind stay in the soup. That’s the way I think the scraps of ribbons and cords would be too. Whenever I have a new design I want to try though – I always go for the soup to find supplies first.

  • Lisa, thanks for sharing this great organizing idea! Seeing your neatly organized stringing materials in beautiful colors really makes me to want to create some jewelry with this kind of stuff! 🙂

  • Sue Runyon says:

    Thanks Lisa. I organize mine the same way.

  • Disco Sorbet says:

    You know how sometimes a solution to a problem you’re having hits you square in the face and you’re like “D’oh!”? That’s exactly what happened when I stumbled across your blog.

    I’ve been keeping my wire, cords, stringing materials in bags, too, and thought I had an okay system (despite the fact that they kept unraveling) because I keep the bags in a drawer. But! This is so much better and just looks so much neater. I’m definitely buying one of these racks (or two) so I can get my supplies better organized. Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea!

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