When the Dexas Tri-Folio is closed, it’s like a thick clipboard. The metal clip is strong enough to hold a pad of paper or a crochet leaflet or magazine.
Open it up, and the first inside section is a plastic pocket. You can use the pocket to hold shopping lists, yarn labels, more crochet patterns, a note pad, a pad of graph paper, or similar items. This compartment won’t hold a huge amount, but it’s great for keeping charts and patterns for your WIPs handy.
Open up to the next section, and you’ll find six shallow compartments (they are less than an inch deep) for organizing your other essentials.
How I Use My Dexas Tri-Folio Clipboard
I use my Tri-Folio clipboard organizer primarily for organizing crochet supplies. I store the following supplies in the organizer section of my Tri-Folio:
- Crochet hooks
- Short double-pointed sock knitting needles
- Tape measure
- Tapestry needles
- Yarn cutter
- Seam ripper
- Straight pins and a mini pincushion (A full-sized pincushion won't fit)
- Safety pins
- Embroidery floss
- Beads and findings for making crocheted jewelry
I usually keep yarn labels, charts and patterns in the pocket section, and my design notebook clipped to the clipboard.
When you open up this organizer, you can see all of your supplies easily; there’s no guessing about what’s in there. This is the main reason I use this organizer. I’ve tried several options designed just for crochet supplies, but wasn’t happy with them. I need to be able to see what’s in my organizer; otherwise I waste too much time pulling stuff out and not finding what I need.
This organizer is equally perfect for when I’m at home, or when I’m working away from home. It would be the perfect accessory for a crochet teacher to organize class handouts and other needed supplies.
The Tri-Folio is compact and doesn’t take up much space.
This product is sturdy enough to withstand heavy use; if you need your organizer to survive trips to the local yarn store, being taken on a cruise, riding around in your car trunk, etc, this one is a good choice. One word of warning: don’t overstuff it!
The manufacturer claims that the organizer is rain proof. I’ve found that to be true, except for the times when I overstuffed it with too many supplies.
The compartments aren’t necessarily the ideal size for crocheters. If I’d had a choice in the matter, I would have chosen different dimensions and a different layout. Some of my compartments are totally full, and some have bits of wasted space. I had a hard time deciding what to put where, but in the end I was able to make the organizer work to my satisfaction.
If you have a huge accumulation of crochet supplies, this is not a good solution for keeping them all organized. This organizer would be appropriate for keeping stuff handy that you’re using for your current WIPs and projects you plan to work on next. It probably won’t hold every last hook and tool you own.
If you want to organize crochet hooks and knitting needles in the same organizer, this one probably isn’t a good choice; except for short double-pointed sock needles, the compartments aren’t the right size for holding knitting needles. You might like it just fine if you stick to crochet and / or sock knitting, but otherwise you’d need a different storage solution.
Where to Buy a Dexas Tri-Folio Organizer
You aren’t likely to find this product at your local yarn store or craft store; you’re likelier to find it for sale at an office supply store.
I picked mine up at Frys. (Buy Direct.) I can’t guarantee that your local Frys will have any in stock; their inventory is likely to change. If you want to buy a Tri-Folio locally, you might want to call and check with your closest Frys store to see if they actually have it.