Storing stitch samples

The other day I was going through my old tutorials for compiling them into a single page under the title "Embroidery tutorials" and it struck me that I've not shown you how I store my stitch samples.Many a times I've seen  stitchers converting their samples to fabric books or quilting them into blocks . I've often wished to do the same. May be one day,I will :)
But till then,I need to keep them intact and for reference.

How do I do that?

My storage is a refillable display book with pockets.It is similar to a photo album,but the pages are A4 size.I've had it with me ever since I started blogging and it currently holds almost all the bits and pieces I've stitched till now.

Each page can hold two A4 size samples on either side. Let me show you some of the contents.
Here is my Kutch work sampler .The book is spiral bound and hence can be kept flat open without any trouble at all.
Then comes my Chemanthy and its variations and Kamal Kadai samples.The photos are a bit blurred because of the plastic encasing.
My Pachis work piece and its variations. Never got around to doing more of this

My stitch study sampler with notes on each stitch.These were a bunch of stitches which are not commonly used.
My bullion stitch sampler in Brazilian embroidery which put me in a bit of trouble at one point.

Another Brazilian embroidery piece called "Golden showers" which I stitched for a BE  group.

So,that's how I store my embroidery bits.Infact these are just some of the pieces in my display book .There are still some pages left ,but that may get filled soon.With this way of storing ,I can keep all my samples in one place rather than having them here and there.
How do you store your li'l bits of embroidery? Does anyone use this method? Or is there some better way to keep them ?

Do let me know through your comments,
Love,luck and sunshine,


  1. OMG! My storage is a big mess. My samplers are several plastic bags with (a kind of)zipper...
    That book looks great! I've never find anything like that - but to be true I've never looked for...

    (i've tried comment my blog with my blogger account and it worked - i think it was a temporary trouble)

    Hope you are in good health

  2. This is a good way to store the samples....thanks for sharing your idea :-)

  3. I always say I'm going to make a book, Deepa. Yours is so nice. All my samples are all over the place. Sometimes I pin it to my design wall (I have layers of things pinned!) Often the samples just get placed anywhere or in anything. No rhyme or reason.

  4. my storage system leaves much to be desired. will get it together. eventually.
    good to see you back

  5. wonderful idea to store samples thanks for sharing ......:)

  6. Oh wow - your storage system is so far superior to my 'stick it in a plastic bag and shove it in the closet' system!!

  7. Same here Deepa, I store my small size cross stitches in a clear book. Your post reminded me to show my clearbook in my blog one of these days. Thanks!

    And you've got so many pretty embroidery finishes.

  8. Nice idea.I have also stored in the same way,will post it soon .

  9. Hi Deepa, my C&G Embroidery samplesare stored in this way and I still love having them to hand to look through at one time I wanted to display them as one amalgamated art piece but couldnt visualise it so they are still inn the plastic paged folder. Perhaps one day I will stitch them onto fabric pages and make it a more tactile experience :) Your stitch work is lovely, perfect!

  10. Great Idea....thank u for sharing ,Deepa

  11. thanks for sharing the great idea..i keep mine in a bag just folding its not easy to search them whenever i need :(

  12. I hv used a postcard size pic album. n my sample stiches i stiched in one big meterial n i make 5x4 blocks n practise in side d squre. so nw i cutting them as i finish n putting in to pockets :)


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