Embroidery floss comes packaged in little skeins confined by brand and number bands. These come off, so you lose the information, and if you are trying to make a pattern or merely maintain your inventory, it’s irritating to try to keep band and skein together. And the skein is prone to tangle.
There are various cardboard or plastic bobbin schemes available, but the using bobbins results in folds every inch or so on the floss, and I don't like them. The plastic DMC bows are ugly and expensive.
For this methods, you need some rings or paper clips, and scissors, and a few safety pins.
Step 1: Wind off and cut
In a kitten-free location, remove bands from ONE skein at a time. Clip the number portion of the band and slip it onto your ring.