Sales Newsletter #148 sent via email on 3/10/08 Disclaimer: Please remember that items mentioned in our newsletter archives may no longer be available, or their prices may have changed.
We are going to do it again! Yes, the very successful Bookmark Challenge from last year is being repeated, and all of you, our wonderful Nordic Needle customers are once again invited and encouraged to participate! Founder Jen Funk coordinates the Needle and ThREAD Bookmark Challenge with Children’s Book Week, which is earlier this year, so the dates for us to receive your handmade bookmarks are March 20 through May 8.
Jen from Funk & Weber Designs in Sutton, Alaska, writes, “As a children’s author and needlework designer, I want to promote both reading and stitching. What better way than to design and stitch bookmarks? Reading and stitching make the world a better place. We hope you will join us on our new adventure.”
So here’s the challenge. All the needlework stores who participate will encourage their customers to stitch bookmarks. You will send your bookmark(s) to us by May 8, 2008, and we will display them with your name, city and state (or country) in our store. After the challenge ends, we will hold a drawing and the winner of the drawing will receive a $100 gift certificate to Nordic Needle! The more bookmarks you send to us, the more times your name is entered into the drawing and the better chance you have to win!
If you would like, you are encouraged to attach a slip of paper to your bookmark with your first name and the title of a favorite book. After all, needlework is personal, and this will make a personal connection to the child who receives your bookmark. All the stitched bookmarks will then be donated to local Fargo libraries or elementary schools during Children’s Book Week, May 12-18. They will be used by librarians and teachers to encourage and reward children for reading accomplishments.
Some needlework designers are participating by designing bookmark patterns and then pledging to donate a portion of the proceeds to a literacy program. One such design is #5680 Read, Learn, Dream Bookmarks. 10% of the proceeds from this leaflet will be donated by designer Karen Kluba of Rosewood Manor to a literacy program! Thank you, Karen!
If we receive bookmarks with a Christian theme, they will be donated to a local Christian school. If you would prefer that your bookmarks are donated to an adult literacy program instead of children, just make a note when you send them to us and we will be sure that happens.
Thank you in advance for helping to expose children, parents and librarians to the wonders of needlework, and for encouraging a child to read!
Send finished bookmarks to:
Nordic Needle, Inc.
1314 Gateway Dr SW
Fargo, ND 58103
Many of us already have remnants of fabric and thread that can be used to create bookmarks. But if you don’t, we have a limited supply of a bookmark grab bag. It includes three cross stitch bookmark leaflets by designer Sandi Phipps, plus a yard and a half of 16 count aida banding with a decorative edge – enough to stitch six bookmarks! If you order more than one of this grab bag, you will receive duplicate items. GBK108 Bookmark 2008 Grab Bag – limited supply! $16.50 value on sale for $4.99 Save 70% learn more about this item!
The bookmarks do not have to be cross stitch, so if you want to see other possibilities, go to our search feature and enter the word “bookmark”. We have bookmark designs in Hardanger embroidery, blackwork, tatting and more!
These projects do not have to be complicated. Something as simple as the word “READ” with a simple cross stitch border would still be a fun reward for a child! Remember – the bookmarks are intended for children, so let’s use some fun, bright colors! And let’s all work together, Stitching for Literacy.
Maybe you have a neighborhood or online stitching group with whom you could share the bookmark challenge? We have set aside an area in our store to display the finished bookmarks, but I would love it if we had to move more displays to show off all the bookmarks we receive!
If you do Hardanger embroidery, you might be interested in one of the free charts on our website for a Hardanger bookmark.
Also, if you want quick finishing so you have more stitching time, we have some 2” wide banding that would make finishing the bookmarks a snap. Just machine or hand stitch across each end and fringe! The aida bands are 60% off while quantities last!
Thank you for considering the bookmark challenge. Last year, the first year of the Stitching for Literacy campaign, we were thrilled to receive 171 bookmarks sent from 22 different states and three foreign countries. The techniques used include cross stitch, appliqué, crochet, bargello, embroidery, tatting, Hardanger embroidery, beading, plastic canvas, embroidery on paper, silk ribbon embroidery and canvaswork. Do you think we can break the record this year? Let’s try!
In my last newsletter I included two questions that readers had asked, and many of you sent responses. I have to apologize that I didn’t answer most of you personally, but unfortunately my neck problems from last year have resurfaced, and I have to limit my keyboard time. I feel terrible about not answering you, because I do appreciate every email that is sent to me, but my health just wouldn’t allow it. So please accept my heartfelt apology and my thanks for taking your precious time to write. Let me repeat the questions and share some of the responses I received!
One of the questions was from Debs, a stitcher asking for help with patterns that change colors often. Another reader, Helen, has the same dilemma. She says, “I love getting your newsletters. I, too, would love to know how to handle complex counted cross-stitch patterns which have 15 or 20 different colored threads, each with just one or two stitches, in a very small (say, 2 square inch) area. I have succumbed to buying several wonderful designs that have caught my eye, only to realize that the stitching skill required is beyond me! I would love to work towards getting them done, but I need some advice.”
Several readers wrote with suggestions for helping this problem!
I have two tips for this situation. I am working on a large project for my teenage son. He is into the Silver Surfer. The pattern I found seems to change colors about every third stitch between blues, greys and blacks. I am stitching it on black aida. I do two things to keep myself organized.
First, I have made a copy of the graph. I use two highlighters, usually a yellow and orange. I highlight the first color I want to work on over a specific area, maybe a four ten-square area in yellow. Then I work all those stitches. As I am done with that part, I highlight them again in orange, to let me know I have done them. Sometimes I miss one along the way and the highlighting really helps. I usually wait until I have done all the colors in that section before I go back and pick up the missed color. I do those as I start that color again in the next section. It sounds like a lot of extra steps, but I have found that this really helps and saves time in the long run.
The other thing I do is keep multiple needles threaded with all the colors, two or three for each. I actually take an evening and do nothing but thread the needles when I get a little low. I use the Pako needle organizer. It helps a lot and is a great way to keep your colors and needles organized.
I hope this helps. Good luck and good stitching!
Another reader wrote, “I have stitched a few pieces that have numerous small color changes. First I pick a specific area to stitch, like a flower petal. I then look for a color that seems to dominate because of it's contrast to the others. I stitch all that color in my chosen area and then use those stitches as "guideposts" for the other colors. When I'm done with each color I use a highlighting pen and mark those stitches on my chart that I've done so I can easily see what I've completed compared to what I still need to do.”
Thank you for the newsletter. I am now getting the newsletter again after an absence of a few years, and so pleased to be getting it again.
In answer to Debs question of the many changes of thread, I would thread a needle in each colour and work each stitch and carry the thread under the other stitches on the back to the next stitch in that colour. I have tried this and it does lessen all the stops and starts and cuts down on the bulk and you don't notice the threads carried under the other threads.
Your baptismal gown is magnificent. I also do Hardanger and work from the books that are put out by Nordic Needle, but I do change the designs to suit myself, as I don't like to fully copy the work of others.
I try and work in blocks of an hour, and fortunately can keep my stitching out ready to go. It is amazing just how much stitching you can get down when you know you only have an hour before the next chore has to start.
Thanks again and I look forward to the next newsletter.
Debs – Thread several needles with the up coming thread colors to add when needed, so you don't have to stop and do that. (quilters do this so they don't have to stop stitching, just grab another threaded needle) If you are using the previous color again, say in another 4 or 5 stitches, I don't finish the last stitch I was using it for and leave that threaded-needle on the top of my work, "off" to the side, out of the way a bit. Then when I need that thread again, I finish that last stitch, and from the back of the work, come up in the new spot. Clear as mud?
We have a gadget that is intended to keep your working needles handy, without finishing off the thread each time you change colors, as Vicky suggested. #7007 Needle Park Avenue learn more about this item!
I loved the picture of the christening gown you're making. You have such incredible talent and very lucky grandchildren. I loved the idea of incorporating the lining from your wedding gown. What a special family treasure you've created for each of your daughters.
I read Debs' question about patterns with lots of colour changes, and I thought I'd pass along my method for working those. Patterns always mark each 10 by 10 grid, so I work one grid at a time, and I only pull the colours I need for that square. I find that it helps to reduce the number of colours that you have to worry about at one time, and it takes about one hour to complete each square. I see fairly steady progress that way, too. Just make sure you mark off each section as you complete it. Hope that helps, and good luck with your project, Debs!
Halifax, Nova Scotia
I love reading your weekly newsletter. I can't wait to get them so I can get the suggestions, see what is new, or just relax while reading it. Anyway, this is what I do for the changes of various threads. I have a gadget that I can put 24 threaded needles across it. I have to put the symbol on the little card that it comes with to keep them in order but it makes those projects so much easier to do. It is not one of those items that you cannot take along with you. I always make a working copy of my pattern (so I don't spoil the original) and highlight the stitches that I have done so I do not get lost.
Here’s the gadget Donna mentioned that holds your threaded needles, the Needle Organizer by Pako. It is an extremely popular stitching aid! #7075 Needle Organizer by Pako learn more about this item!
The second question I asked had to do with a “garment of white” used in Catholic baptisms. I am always anxious to learn more, and our readers are a wealth of information. The discussion about the baptismal gown I am making for Rebecca also brought forth some wonderful stories about special gifts you have stitched. Here are some of your responses!
I too embroidered a christening dress for our first grandson. It has now been worn by his brother as well. When anyone asks how long did it take to make the dress, I always say as long as it did to make the baby. I started as soon as I heard of the pregnancy and finished sewing on the buttons 3 days before the christening.
I used the pattern from Classic Hardanger by Gina Marion but instead of linen, used Salem cloth which was nice and soft and did not crease. I also made a bonnet to match.
The only way I seem to find extra time is to get up an hour early when it is peaceful and quiet. Good luck in finishing your dress.
Your stories of the baptismal gowns reminded me of when I made the gown used by our two children, now almost 10 and 8. I started the Hardanger part about 3 years before we even had children or were pregnant, but had seen the design in one of the Nordic Needle contest books. I found a Vogue gown pattern that could be easily adapted to use the embroidery and even made a "test run" gown for a nephew who became our godson. After my daughter was born, I remember thinking I needed to get on the stick and work up the gown, which also had a robe to match. I found a fabric store that specialized in heirloom garment sewing and drove there and bought beautiful light white linen fabric with light cotton batiste to line it. I had done the Hardanger on 25 count Dublin linen and also trimmed the sleeves and robe with cluny lace. Of course, finding time to sew with a newborn is a little tricky, but fortunately my sister came to visit and was a very capable baby minder. I was able to get it all done, with no mistakes, a week to so before the baptism, which was when Emmy was 10 weeks old. My son also wore the same gown, and both their names are stitched on the lining, much as you did with your grandchildren.
The second half of the story is that, for reasons I don't remember, I bought a lot of extra of the linen fabric. Eight years later my daughter was ready to have her First Holy Communion and we looked at dresses but none were right for her. I remembered the extra white linen and we looked at patterns and found a lovely, simple dress that could be made with it. I don't do a lot of sewing or needlework, and these two projects are the ones I'm proudest of.
Regarding the white garment used at Catholic baptisms. Like your writer, I am not Catholic, but my husband and children are. When the kids were baptized my mother-in-law brought a garment she had finished right around the time of birth of the first of her 10 children. It is like a tabard or chausable and she had embroidered it with various religious symbols. It was used at the baptism of all 10 children and many of her 17 grandchildren. Because our children had special clothing already, it was just laid over their other gown. As far I can tell from my search, it is only ever called "the white garment." At other baptisms I've attended, it is more abbreviated, almost like a tiny clerical stole.
I have a huge stash of materials and projects, but it's not the unfinished or unstarted that you count. One of handwork's greatest gifts to me is the pride I feel from a project well DONE.
Thanks for letting me share!
temporary resident of Nottingham, England
otherwise from Oakton, Virginia
We have attended various Churches and our children have been 'dedicated' - meaning that we would bring them up in the Christian faith. Mind you they have done their own thing! However, back to clothing.
I don't think it matters at all. I think something clean, tidy - and it all depends on finances. Clothing that is 'respectable' ie. no thongs etc.! I am sure God isn't concerned about what is worn. I think we can just dress according to whatever you can afford at the time - but remembering that in all of this, God looks at our hearts rather than our outward appearances.
Sue, we became Christians in our late 20's. We were brought up high Anglicans and thought we were Christians. However, we soon found out that we weren't. We have had the most incredible lives since we made peace with God and gave our lives to Him.
After seeing your lovely baptismal gown online and hearing questions about your publishing I found a chart for a gown in an old magazine. It was Cross Stitch Sampler from April and June 1995. I know that may be hard to find but some readers may be able to track it down. I'm hoping one day to have grandchildren to make this for. This pattern also had a cap. This pattern called for 20 count Ariosa and using #5 and #8 Pearle Cotton but I like your idea better with the 28 linen. This pattern includes a butterfly (symbolizing the Resurrection), crosses and hearts. They use a commercial pattern to put it all together. I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any questions/comments. Enjoy your newest grandchild.
The white garment is called a Christening garment and is usually put on over the gown the baby has worn. It is provided by the church that is baptizing the infant and can be either hand made by a parishioner or purchased. I make them for two parishes in my town and use plain cotton and decorate them with lace on the edge and backstitch or bead a cross on the front. They slip on over the baby's head during the ceremony when the celebrant says, "See in this white garment the outward sign of your Christian dignity." I hope this answer helps.
Westmont, New Jersey
My mother made many of them in her lifetime. She would use a light white cotton or blend, and embroider it in white or gold with the symbol for the Holy Spirit because it was easy and graphic, but you can do anything appropriate – just check with the parish priest regarding consistency with liturgy. The “garment” would be in the shape of a shirt with sleeves, neckline, but otherwise a simple square shirt front, and after embroidering, she would sew a lining onto the back to conceal all raw edges. The garment is placed on the baby’s chest during the ceremony. Especially convenient since many modern Catholic baptisms involve immersion requiring the baby to be undressed with a diaper at most, making traditional baptismal gowns etc impractical, especially here in Hawaii – and it becomes a lovely souvenir of the occasion, to be framed with the baptism certificate. Does this help?
I have had experience (in my shop, a CLC Christian Bookcentre) of supplying a Baptismal stole - it was a length of white fabric (embroidered at each end) which was draped over the baby's shoulder/ around it's neck, at one point in the ceremony.
Thank you for your informative newsletters - I love them!
Maxine (in New Zealand)
Baptismal bib - that is what I called it! It was embroidered with several things. I am not catholic, but my children were baptized Catholic.
We are not human beings going through a temporary spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings going through a temporary human experience.
This is from Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Encyclopedia. "Infants are usually dressed in white robes to be christened – often heirlooms with lace, etc. In the U.S., frequently little liturgical garments, resembling bibs, are given at the Baptism."
When my son was baptized 20 years ago, his was a piece of white felt cut in the shape of a garment and it had colored religious designs on it. These garments are usually purchased by the church from a religious supply company and all the babies being baptized on that day receive the same garment. More recently, my church decided they really didn't like these purchased garments and wanted to welcome the new church members in a more personal manner. We have a group in the church called the Sew & Sews who were called upon to execute the designs. I am not a member but did help out embroidering these garments. I think at the present time they may be machine embroidered by the Sew & Sews, but were initially hand-embroidered.
Hope this helps.
Forked River, NJ
In the Catholic Church a white garment is placed on the child by the
priest or deacon during the ceremony. Sometimes a bib, a small rectangle of cloth. This is usually a gift from the church to the child, kind of a welcome to the fold. Years ago while living in Connecticut I designed a rectangle- used white Salem cloth that I purchased from you by the yard- I embroidered different crosses. One cross per cloth, the name of the church, sometimes the date and the name of the child. I used flannel as the backing. The priest liked the flannel as the cloth didn't slide off the child and also, there was no need to put anything over the child's head. Families liked the 12” x 15” cloth as it could be framed.
As a former catechist, your question piqued my interest. In our parish, it is customary to present newly Baptized infants with a white tabard style bib that has been embroidered with a red cross. We also make ones in larger sizes for older children or adults who are being received into the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil and who have never been baptized. This is done during the liturgy when the priest says 'receive this garment' and is the symbol of the birth into Christ's saving grace. The paragraph below is quoted from the Catholic Encyclopedia on line: (the veil referred to varies from place to place as the Bishop allows it to be interpreted. It also shows the origin of wearing the white garment)
In the primitive Church, a white robe was worn by the newly baptized for a certain period after the ceremony. As solemn baptisms usually took place on the eves of Easter or Pentecost, the white garments became associated with those festivals. Thus, Sabbatum in Albis and Dominica in Albis received their names from the custom of putting off at that time the baptismal robe which had been worn since the previous vigil of Easter. It is thought that the English name for Pentecost – Whitsunday or Whitsuntide, also derived its appellation from the white garments of the newly baptized. In our present ritual, a white veil is placed momentarily on the head of the catechumen as a substitute for the baptismal robe.
I hope this helps,
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the discussion. Even if we come from a different religious background, I think it is interesting and helpful for us to learn about different traditions.
Before we get to today’s featured products, I want to highlight two more special purchase items. In my last newsletter I mentioned that we had purchased some extra A-Z reference books and were offering them at special pricing. The importer was overstocked on two more, so we bought them and are now offering them to you at substantial savings! They will be on sale for only a limited time and will then go back to full price, so buy these beautiful books now!
Discover the tradition of crewel embroidery and its transformation into an art form that is still popular today. This amazing book includes over 500 step-by-step photographs, and easy to follow instructions for more than 45 stitches and techniques. It also contains comprehensive information about the wools, fabrics and equipment required and a multitude of tips to help get you started. Tantalizing tidbits about the beginnings of crewel embroidery and its evolution within different societies are discussed, as well as 16 original designs, each with clear working instructions and full size patterns. This book is a perfect beginning for beginners and a "must have" for more experienced embroiderers. Maybe you were hesitant to pay the full price, but at this price it is a steal! Limited time offer! 1659G A-Z of Crewel Embroidery book $29.99 on sale for $19.99 Save $10.00 learn more about this item!
This book is a complete manual for the beginner through the advanced embroiderer. It is filled with over 1200 step-by-step color photos plus simple instructions for over 65 different stitches. In addition, it provides a multitude of interesting hints and tidbits. The 128 pages also include up to date information about the fabrics, threads and tools you will need. Despite being one of the oldest forms of embroidery, needlepoint has developed many contemporary styles and is still one of the most popular types of needlework today. Use this fantastic book to start your needlepoint journey, or to enhance your stitch repertoire. Limited time offer! 1659J A-Z of Needlepoint book $29.99 on sale for $19.99 Save $10.00 learn more about this item!
I also want to mention a special purchase Hardanger book that is offered two ways. You can buy just the leaflet, or the leaflet plus a piece of fabric. We have a limited supply of both and are running quite low the last time I checked. The booklet from Zweigart has very clear photos and instructions for beginning Hardanger stitches, as well as diagrams for mitering a corner and hemstitching. Nine lovely patterns with large, clear charts are included, plus suggestions for variations of those patterns. The designs include tablecloths, table centers, runners, and pillow tops (which could also be hemmed doilies). This beginner to intermediate level booklet uses satin stitch blocks, cutting, needleweaving, webs, and satin stitch motifs, all clearly explained. 990-592-0010 Hardanger Embroidery Ideas leaflet $6.00 on sale for $2.99 Save 50% learn more about this item!
The related offer includes a 17" square of neutral-colored 18 count Softana fabric plus the Hardanger Embroidery Ideas book. Four of the designs in the leaflet are pillow tops with a design size of 13" to 14" on 18 count so they will fit on the Softana fabric. Very limited supply! 990-429-0009 17” square of neutral-colored Softana with a Hardanger Embroidery Ideas leaflet $12.00 on sale for $5.99 Save 50% learn more about this item!
Now shall we look at this week’s featured products? The first item is one of the beautiful Australian magazines that is soon out of print. Projects include Spring Breeze (beautiful floral using Japanese silks and metallics), Colorful Floral Basket (Brazilian embroidery), Vibrant Sunflower with butterfly and dragonfly (ribbon embroidery and stumpwork), Flights of Fancy (beaded butterfly), Victorian Sachet Holder, Beaded Glasses Purse, Red Rose beaded necklace and earrings, Butterflies in Flight (cross stitch), Under the Arch of Roses (bullion stitch, French knot and more), Jewelled Zip Pull, Summer Nights smocked nightdress, Pearl Blooms beaded floral framed design, Paperweight of Roses, Lavender Beaded Watch and more. 1661G Embroidery, Beading and Cross Stitch magazine – Vol. 12, No. 9 $6.95 on sale for $4.17 Save 40% learn more about this item!
The next magazine is always a good value, and at half price it is a steal! Even if you make only one project, it is money well spent. Projects include Crazy Quilt Teapot (in cross stitch), Spring Banner, Spring Flowers motif library, Sarah Pownall's 1852 Sampler, Bluebirds and Butterflies (gorgeous springtime silhouette pillows), Butterflies in Spring tabletopper, Mini Tulip Table Toppers, a wonderful article on artist Thomas Kinkade as well as Village Christmas adapted from his art, Tiny Tulip Place Cards, Garden Delight, a technique article on Beginning Miniature Punchneedle Embroidery, Spring Cheer punchneedle design, Fruit and Floral needlepoint rug (side borders), and Celtic Knot Pin. 5908 Cross Stitch & Needlework magazine – March 2007 $5.95 on sale for $2.98 Save 50% learn more about this item!
I love wildlife designs, and this one is especially endearing. Adapted from the artwork of Schim Schimmel, it shows three cubs peeking over the edge of the earth. Heaven and Earth Designs is dedicated to adapting beautiful and intricate cross stitch designs from the artwork of many talented artists. The charts are not computer generated, but are painstakingly graphed with engineering software. This produces cleaner charts with less "confetti" stitching, and amazing attention to detail. 450 x 296 stitches. On 25 count fabric over one thread the design is 18" x 11.75". The chart is coded for DMC floss. 4278 Secret, Mystery & Hope chartpack (cross stitch) $14.99 on sale for $7.50 Save 50% learn more about this item!
Also from Heaven and Earth Designs and reduced by 50%.
This set of cording needles is convenient for cording of trapunto, which raises and emphasizes designs by inserting cords. The set includes three different sizes of needles. The needles include a short needle (for cording short straight lines and curves), a long needle (for cording long straight lines) and a ball point needle (for cording curves, use like a bodkin). A threader is also included in the set. You may find other uses for these needles, too! 7103 Cording Needle Set $9.50 on sale for $3.79 Save 60% learn more about this item!
This 4.5" Snip A Stitch has squeeze action to lessen hand fatigue. The notched blade lifts a single stitch to make snipping of mistakes easier. It is ideal for cutting threads in all types of hand or machine embroidery! 7247A Snip A Stitch with Notched Blade $18.99 on sale for $9.50 Save 50% learn more about this item!
This handy case can accommodate knitting needles, crochet hooks, or other tools up to 14" long. The accessories case in the bottom stores small items and keeps them from getting lost. This light, compact and easy to carry case has so many uses! Assorted colors. Very limited supply! 7326 Knitting Needle Tube Case – assorted colors $10.50 on sale for $5.25 Save 50% learn more about this item!
Have you wanted to try punchneedle? This Punch Embroidery for Beginners video teaches two projects (teddy bear and American flag) with step-by-step directions for needle art decorations for wearables. Learn the basic punch-lift-slide technique with quick and easy results. 60 minute VHS video. This video is NTSC (American) format. Not interchangeable with PAL (European) format. 1709 Punch Embroidery for Beginners video $13.99 on sale for $6.99 Save 50% learn more about this item!
Your card can be your gift when you give one of these beautiful Hardanger embroidery stitched cards for a special occasion. Each kit comes with a 5" x 7" rosemaled greeting card (suitable for framing) and envelope, fabric, pearl cotton, needle, charm, chart and complete stitch instructions. At this price, they won’t last long! K2140 Hardanger Card Kit – Oval Burgundy $8.95 on sale for $5.37 Save 40% learn more about this item!
You seem to appreciate the Super Saver section in my last newsletters, so again I have chosen eight items, all discounted 65% this week! All are available in limited supply, and at this discount they may go fast, so order today if you don’t want to miss out!
I hope you have found some exciting needlework designs and gadgets to brighten your days! Thank you for your business. We truly do appreciate it!
Finally, in previous newsletters I had asked how to find more time in my day for stitching! I shared your first 18 answers in newsletter #147, and will share additional emails in coming newsletters. Here are your next 10 responses!
19. The best way that I know of is to "pencil" yourself in on your schedule as an appointment. Give yourself at least a half hour (more if possible) and keep the appointment just as you would with any other.
That is the same principle people use as a way of saving – pay yourself first!
20. Finding time to stitch for me falls into the same category as finding time for me. I, like so many, am a more-than-full-time employee, wife and home keeper. Add to those tasks that I spend a considerable amount of time traveling for my job as an IT Project Manager and finding time for me was proving to be very difficult. My solution was to get up an hour earlier every morning no matter where I am or what the demands of the day look like. That time is my time and most often spent doing my current needlework project. Yes, it means a little less sleep but the rewards completely outweigh that. I find that I am better for everyone in my life when I take that quiet time just for me.
Most often I give away my completed projects. Last year, I started a needlework journal (purchased of course from Nordic Needle). I was amazed at how much I produce. Without me keeping my work, I truly had no idea of how much I was getting done - and most often with just one hour a day of work. Now, with my journal, I have visual proof that a little less sleep on my part is well worth it.
Beautiful granddaughter! Good luck on the completion of your project. Thanks for the great newsletter. Mondays get started better for me when it hits my email inbox.
21. Often, the only time I can find to stitch is late at night. Here are my tips: Make a big pot of coffee (but keep it in the kitchen away from your stitchery). Make sure you have enough light. Put on a movie to help keep you awake (but pick one that you’ve seen one time too many and won’t actually watch). Stretch every 30 minutes or so (and guzzle down a cup of coffee). Use the movie as a timer – when it’s over, stop and go to bed.
22. I believe in crockpot cooking and find it gives me back time just before dinner to sit and unwind with stitching instead. Most crockpot dinners make enough to have leftovers the next day, so you get a “twofer” from the effort and we all know that predinner snacking is too easy, so it also keeps my hands too busy to reach for food. Now, I’ve reminded myself to do this more often as well.
Good luck with your christening gown,
23. First, thanks for the wonderful newsletters every week. I can’t wait to sit at the computer on Monday mornings and read about all the wonderful people stitching, contemplate making the recipe, and determining what I need for my mounting stash pile.
I’ve had a very stressful job for more years than I hope to remember, so a few years ago I started to get up an hour early so I could spend time stitching before hitting the commute. This time in the morning is worth all the loss of sleep because it gives me time to think and relax. Not only do I get more of my projects finished but the benefits of leaving for work in a relaxed state are enormous! I no longer stress out about what the day may bring, or how long the commute will be.
A year ago I left the big city (Seattle) to settle in a small town in Colorado. I no longer have the commute or stressful job but I still give myself that hour in the morning to stitch. It’s the present that keeps giving back.
24. Sue: A very happy birthday to you. The next 10 years are the best with wonderful grandchildren to spoil. We have 5 granddaughters from age 8 to 2. It is a trip to see them as three live a day's trip from our new home and two live a two and a half day trip. The driving is always worth the effort to see the girls as well as our son and daughter. Unfortunately they are in different directions so the cousins don't see each other very often.
Since I am now retired and about to turn 65, I plan on having lots more time to do needlework after we finish furnishing and decorating our new home in Magnolia, Delaware (looking for magnolia flowers to do of course). Meanwhile, I slip in time while I wait for new doctors, my husband to finish at places like Lowes and Home Depot, and stay up a half hour later in the evening to get just a few more stitches. There is never enough time to do all the projects I want to do and now I have so many more ideas to fill all the white walls in our new home. Good luck in finishing on time and please put a picture in the newsletter which I read faithfully every Monday morning.
Happy stitching, Lynne
25. I have a stitching friend who says....."I try to lay down a thread every day". I hadn't heard it expressed in that manner before! Thought I'd share that with you.
About your project, try to finish the part that will show the most. If it isn't finished, will anyone except you know? Surely not Rebecca! She is so beautiful! Take lots of pictures and be sure to share them with us.
Golden Valley, Minnesota
26. Everyday during the week I quit everything I am doing at 3PM. Turn on Ellen and stitch, sometimes through Judge Judy. Ha
27. I have found a few tricks that help fit more stitching time into my day. I recently had reconstructive ankle surgery and I stitched every time I was in the waiting room or waiting for the doctor in the exam room. I also found when I was a passenger in the car that I could fit in a few minutes of stitching as well. With just stitching at the doctors office and in the car I finished a pretty intense 9 x 13 doily and I could have started a second. This works well with knitting too. Hope this helps.
28. Here is my little secret for finding time to stitch…
When ever my husband and I are going some place, I used to get annoyed. He would say let’s go, I would be ready with purse in hand waiting by the door thinking he was ready. But then he would need to find his key, wallet or glasses… then he would need to clean his glasses or go to the bathroom. It could take as much as 20 minutes for him to actually get out the door. So, instead of being annoyed, I keep a project out and ready to work on at my craft table in the family room. It is amazing how much I can get done.
29. I have my “long term” project set up on my dining room table, which is in a separate room; as I’m cooking and waiting minutes to add/stir the food I can add a few stitches – of course after washing my hands.
Thank you again for all your inspiring suggestions! You are all so dedicated to needlework, and your ideas are delightful to read! Thank you for sharing.
Have a wonderful week. Take a little time to brighten someone else’s day, and take some time for yourself! Happy stitching!!