Here’s a great suggestionI heard from Sasha of SpinDoctorÂ who heard it from one of her listeners for labeling skeins of handspun.
Tyvek wristbands, the kind folks use for events and amusement parks are quick and easy. They’re about 1″ x 10″ and sticky at one end. Write your info, wrap around your skein, stick and go!
I got mine from here kitty kitty on eBay. They’re about $10 for 200, and come in a variety of colors.
I also cut up used tyvek envelopes for tags, the kind that my fiber club packages come in, and either tie them on, hang tag style, or make a wristband and use duct tape to stick the ends together. This version is great for recycling, if you have a lot of info you want to keep track of or if you tend to write big (guilty!)
Here are a few in action:
Both versions will withstand the hottest soakings and fiercest whackings. If you write all of your info in Sharpie, it won’t wash off.
I write all kinds of info and I often go back and write more after I’ve set the skein: colorway, fiber company, fiber type, wheel set up, drafting & plying methods, even what I want to use it for.
I love this method of keeping track.Â It’s great for sampling, when you can’t decide how to spin something and have 10 little skeins. It’s also great for classes – I used to use paper hang tags for my samples and they would dissolve or the writing would wash off as soon as they hit water.
Mostly, it’s really easy, which is key for me.