Sorry about the title; I'm a little punchy today. I'm a bit relieved to have this question to write about; it gives me a chance to to think up one more stitching accessory that I can live without (to balance yesterday's top five). I just need one more, if you can think of anything.
How many different brands of “complete” embroidery floss sets do you own? How do you keep track of it? (i.e., spread sheet program, index cards, palm pilot, etc.)
I own only one set of complete floss: DMC. The DMC is in boxes organized numerically. The extra skeins are in the millennium keepsake chest.
I have a lot of Sampler Threads and Weeks Dye Works floss; a handful of Needle's Necessities, Caron flosses of all composition, and silk flosses from Krienik; a few skeins of Crescent Colors; and a couple skiens of Anchor. These are all kept in Ziploc bags.
To keep track I have an old "geek book"--with paper! checklists from the Stitcher's Pocket Inventory for most of the products I own. (I'm totally analog.) I haven't been keeping it up lately. What I usually do is take out the bag of ST or WDW, find what I need, make a list of what I don't have and pop over to Fireside Stitchery or Strawberry Sampler to get what I need.
I could use some kind of system whereby I can "check out" floss to a project. But that would be too much like workin'.