Thursday, October 9, 2014

Need some feedback re: STITCHING HOP

NEED you for a moment....


Let's just say for a "moment" , we were going to do some kind of stitching hop in the new year, and let's assume many of you will have these excuses:

1. I use to do it, but I cannot see it well enough anymore.
2. I don't have the necessary tools like: lighting, materials, threads...
3. I have never done embroidery or x stitching or needlepoint.


Ok, now let's assume all of these answers or excuses were valid.....Let's assume for one more moment that I could provide a solution for them all....Would this interest you...?

Share with me, what would make it easier for you to do :
cross stitching
needlepoint
embroidery

What tools would you NEED?





I have always said and will continue to share..
" We are only as good as our Tools"

YOU just need to know what they are?

Interested?

Ok, must run my David has me on a timer wink....

there is lots going on behind the scenes...

and black cat crossing is coming....
Wicked Wendy and many of you are getting ready for the CATS...right..




p.s. next week I will be showing 
you in detail... MY TOOLS that make it easy for me to 
continue stitching... I will showcase, lighting, needles, threaders, threads, materials, aida, linens,
hoops, wooden, plastic, laps,  magnifiers, wax, scissors....
ohhhhh and some suggestions on what to do with completed projects...

Great comments..I only am on line a few minutes today Saturday, and will not be connected at all till Tuesday of next week...... enjoy seeing your notes and your enthusiasm is most contagious...

We are in a very stormy area with tornadoes touching, we are fine and as protected as possible...
but they told us we may likely lose connection for a  few days.... say a prayer or two ...x


64 comments:

  1. A x-stitch/embroidery/needlepoint hop?! How exciting. Tools, I have many, but that lap hoop you have looks amazing...you know able to work with both hands simultaneously...drool. Love my DMC thread, but it might be fun to try something new to me like Valdani. Never done needlepoint, not sure exactly what I would need for that type of project. Love my aida cloth, but it would be an adventure to try evenweave or linen for a change. Looking forward to hearing more about this project and seeing what other tools are mentioned! This might even be the time to invest in a good light to stitch by.

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  2. That hop sounds wonderful! I love x-stitch and embroidery. I need (and have) great lighting...Ott light. Your lap hoop looked intriguing to me also.

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  3. I would be willing to give it a shot....

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  4. I've got the tools and I know how to do all three but prefer embroidery. So I guess my answer would have to be TIME to get to do it. I have not embroidered in months! Normally I have a couple items started and pick one or the other of them more often than that!

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  5. Did you say X stitch? Embroidery? Needlepoint?
    Um, YES! Yes, I would be very interested indeed. The tool that would be number one on my wish list would be a magnifier that lights up.
    I'm hoping Santa might see his way to rectifying this but it's always good to have a back up plan ;)

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  6. I agree - a magnifier that lights up and can get close enough to the work so it is useful!! I love all three!!

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  7. The magnifier that hangs around your neck with a light is my answer as well. I love to cross stitch and needlepoint but my eyes tire after about an hour so I simply do not do either any longer. I hire my larger pieces out. But what I wouldn't give to be able to sit and do it once again. When I worked at the Lee Jean Plant, I would come in and get supper for my family, put on some laundry and then get in my corner easy chair and get out my stitching. That was my time to unwind from the day.

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  8. Love, love, love to stitch!! I have all the equipment I would need. Mostly I just use a Q-Snap frame or I stitch in hand if it's a small piece. And I sit under my floor stand lamp for lighting. :) Can't wait!!!

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  9. Hand embroidery would be my game. A good light is always helpful. And a way to keep the threads from knotting up.

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  10. I do them all and just need decent light. I don't use a special lamp - just a regular one.

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  11. Tools ? I grab whatever I have. The right tools ? Yes, tell me more !

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  12. My fav is embroidery and I prefer doing ot hoopless. It's easier on my od hand that way. Yes,good tools are necessary.

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  13. oh Madam Samm, you always peak my interest!!! I LOVE REDWORK!!!! at one time I thought I needed an embroidery machine. you know what I did most on it? redwork! silly me!!! I love me some very sharp gingher scissors and my Jenna Kimball embroidery needles. in fact I use them for any handwork. and good lighting. I prefer to embroider (or cross stitch) without a hoop. sooooo, please tell me more! hugs...

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  14. While I don't enjoy hand work at all, I adore embroidery. Go figure! I use a hoop and whatever needle I can find. I probably struggle with good lighting most of all..... I'm up for a stitching (embroidery) hop!

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  15. Probably lighting is the main topic - I use an Ott light bulb in a clamp lamp that I can position. Cross stitch and embroidery - many kinds of threads, special needles for which ever process and thread, various types of stitching cloth or fabric, mechanical pencil for making(don't like any other markers), tiny sharp snips, I don't hoop - just hand hold

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  16. Tools which would be helpful for hand stitching would be a Beam and Read Plus Magnifier LED3 Light and a floor stand to hold hoops like Edmunds Universal Craft Stand.

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  17. Can't wait to see what you've got to share. For me, I am noticing its a little harder to thread my needles :(.

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  18. I just love stitcheries. I find them so relaxing. Although I can do cross-stitch, with stitcheries you only need to follow the line, not count stitches! I think good lighting is very important when doing embroidery. I use an OTT-Lite which is great.

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  19. Love to stitch away. I have never tried needlepoint. My favorite tool, that I recently purchased, has been my Q-Snap. It works like a charm!!!! Quite interested in seeing what your favorites are.

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  20. Stitching is relaxing, i am a needlepoint stitcher, but I would love to know how to x-stitch and still be proud of the backside of the cloth..... I have tons of yarns here, but I really prefer Presencia & Cosmo thread, I do not buy anything else. Up to now, I never worked with a hoop, i have 3 but I don't feel confortable with them. Any tips?

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  21. I have umpteen finished pieces of needlework mainly cross stitch that has never been made into anything. I would love to find ways of turning those into something other than tray cloths or mount them as pictures for walls where there are no space.
    Maga

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  22. Time and good lighting. Maybe better needles. I usually use whatever I can find, but it is getting harder to thread them. Love embroidery. Haven't done cross stitch for years now, but maybe it would be fun again. I like having a hand project to work on.

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  23. Love, love, love to stitch...cross stitch..embroidery..needle point i never did.. I mostly have all the things.. I just use a wooden frame frame or I stitch in hand if it's a small piece...for cross stitch..
    Can't wait!!! to see your next post..
    hugs xxx

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  24. OH this would be fun.
    I have what I NEED..but that is always different that a wish list, isn't it. So my choice is embroidery, a great theme for inspiration, new thread to try, That's about it. I am easy to please. Looks like there is a lot of interest in this hop!
    xx, Carol

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  25. I haven't done any handwork since I was 12, that's 50 years ago! I don't have any of the supplies for any of them. I would really have to think hard about what I could make that I would like to invest the time in....hmmmm.

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  26. I love to x stitch!! And I have everything I need... I think :) Could do with more charts :P One never has enough of these :D
    I have all the tools I need but really couldn't work without my LED light and wooden hoop... and a lovely cup of tea! xx

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  27. Cross stitch has always been my favorite. I love that it is so precise and neat.... and it's easy. I believe that I have all the tools that I need but they are always coming up with new ones. Wonder what you have in mind....?

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  28. I love embroidery and cross-stitch. My issue doing things like that now-a-days is definitely my eyesight. Light is the biggest issue, as well as magnification. But I would be very interested in a stitching hop!

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  29. A Stitching Hop sounds fun! Embroidery and x-stitch are my passion and the best tool that I have is good lighting.

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  30. I agree with many of the comments above :) I love to embroider with a simple back stitch and I have been enjoying embellishing stitches on wool applique a bit this year. Can you believe I have never done cross stitch? I am finding it necessary these days to stitch with reading glasses and am intrigued with the idea of better light to reduce eyestrain. Look forward to your tips :)

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  31. Light, light, light - the older I get the more light I need. I've been wanting to get back into counted cross stitch to add some details to my quilts and other projects but the patterns are so tiny - I put them closer and closer to my face trying to see them but to continue to have to stop and do that adds to the time it takes to make something. I wear readers but even so, that print is still tiny! I love the look of your lap hoop - I'm wondering about that since I've never used one for embroidery or cross stitching. Since I haven't done counted cross stitch I don't have the needles for it any more - well, I have one. One needle that came in a kit so I'm wondering how good it is! Ding...I hear the timer. :) blessings, marlene

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  32. For me...it's a light with a magnifier...do they even make one? That seems to be my biggest challenge...light and sight!

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    1. oh, and either embroidery or cross-stitch... :)

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  33. Oh dear, now that I've been stitching for a bit, I just thought of two more items...hand warmers (fingerless gloves) and a foot warmer. When I sit for too long my extremities get cold. How could I forget that LOL

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  34. Looking forward to seeing what ideas you have to share. I use all my old fashioned things. Wooden hoops, kids scissors for cutting thread, whatever needle feels comfortable for embroidery, and old thimbles that fit. I have an ott light by my one chair, and just regular lighting by my other.Light is important.

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  35. I have a standing light with a magnifier, but it is still difficult to see through well enough to do fine detail work anymore. I haven't done any cross stitch in years, even with this tool I have a difficult time. It is hard to focus through the magnifier, my hands have to be a precise distance away or it is blurry. Carole @ From My Carolina Home

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  36. I think I'll have to set this one out. The only hand stitching I do is some embroidery on doll faces. And at this point I am not crazy about that little bit. How ever I will be glad to watch and cheer you all on.

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  37. It is sew good to hear from you!! I have no excuses, I love trying New techniques, and Crafts. I have never Needlepointed but would Love to learn!! Thanks to your inspiration and encouragement I have been working on embroidering all summer and still loving every minute of it. I have the Tall Ott Lite with the Magnifier that Nick bought me a couple years ago for our Anniversary when I was crocheting, now I use it for embroidering. Gotta run now but will come back and answer other questions I missed later.

    Huggs, Nancy

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  38. I'm ready but your lap hoop looks very interesting!

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  39. Cross stich or embroidery!! Hmmm...what would make it easier? Self threading needles(Spiral Eye needles), good lighting, magnet board, exciting threads (like the Weeks hand dyes), sharp scissors, linens and aidas....

    Have a great time tomorrow night.

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  40. For years ,I did all sorts of handwork and still have all of my supplies as well including several lamps and huge stashes of different types of thread.
    Then I developed RA and could not hold a needle and had to quit. So I started machine sewing and quilting. My hands are somewhat better now after years of treatment and I have been thinking it may be time to try again. So, although I wish you could wave a magic wand and make it go completely away but afraid even you can't do that. I can do short bursts of hand sewing although it is very awkward because of the stiffness.

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  41. I prefer embroidery, tending not to be consistent when I cross stitch. However, looking back at my work while I was pregnant in Germany many moons ago, my cross stitching was great. It`s a case of getting into the groove again. What about folks doing the needlework they are comfortable with?

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  42. This sounds like a wonderful hop. I love cross stitch, embroidery, and needlepoint. I used have trouble seeing good enough so I went and asked my eye doctor for glass just for stitching(not bifocals). He had me bring my stitching and show him how I held it. I now have great glasses and the problem is solved. As for tools, I must admit I use an old metal hoop with cork lining. This works well for me because of our desert climate, I think rust would be a problem elsewhere. I think the hands free hoop would be wonderful. I can see trying one in the future.

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  43. Ah this sounds exciting. Funny you should ask. I just started trying to do some embroidery. I was interested in your new lap hoop that would be awesome to sit and work next to hubby while he watches football. I have done a little cross stitch too I have a couple of tools an ott light would be of help too. I have seen a lot of lovely stitching on some quilts and that has sparked my interest.

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  44. Time is currently my biggest issue, but that never stopped me before from joining in on one of your adventures and it won't stop me now. I do cross stitch and embrodery in fits and starts. Not a fan of needlepoint.

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  45. I prefer embroidery, I do a lot of that. I never did any needle point and I found counted cross stitch hurts my eyes. (Guess the stitches are too fine for these old eyes)

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  46. Light! That's the biggest issue for me. I'm living in an older home with few windows (hate the lack of natural lighting in this house) and remarkably few wired in light fixtures, so I rely completely on 2 Ott lights for all my stitching needs. However, this means I'm either faced with dragging these lamps with me from one room to the next, or I have to do all hand stitching in my sewing room only.

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  47. I use to do cross stitch but found that while I loved doing it, I didn't really like my finished products. I love handwork and see some modern embroidery projects that look way more to my aesthetic. I need to figure out how to get started.

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  48. I never seem to have time to just sit and stitch... but my little granny readers and light are vital!! Older eyes also means bigger stitches...

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  49. Hi..sounds like fun to have x stitch and embroidery. I tried needlepoint when I was young but didn't have anyone that knew much about it so couldn't figure out everything to complete the project (one of those kits you buy). I love embroidery. But being of an age there are things that don't work as well as they used to. My right arm has bursitis and tendonitis so it gets tired easily when I try to complete an embroidery project. I am going to try ribbon embroidery this winter (after Christmas quilts are complete). Lighting is always a problem for those of us that have older eyes. I have a floor lamp that I move around in my craft room. Years ago a friend of mine did crocheting and she was in her 70's. Her family bought her a floor lamp made for close work that had a magnifier on it. She loved it.
    Thank you for getting these hops together for us.

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  50. What a fun hop that would be! I have done all three, but cross stitch was my favorite. Now I can say that embroidery has taken over, easier on my sight. I used a hoop that I could roll my project when doing cross stitch, but for embroidery, well lets say I haven't found the perfect solution. I have used all types of lighting and the Beam n read is the best! The only fault I can find with it is the narrow strap. I love how you attached yours to your hoop ( more details please!) I checked the hoop site and he has some amazing ones. Can't use a magnifier as it makes me dizzy. Love the Jenna Kimball red work needles.

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  51. Embroidery is my favorite....I LOVE it....believe it or not I have never x stitched or tried needlepoint. I use just the basic embroidery stitches, but have a booklet with many more stitches I could use to embelish my quilts. Most importent for me when I embroider are my eye glasses, (I can no longer do any hand or machine stitching without them). Good lighting, a sharp needle with a BIG eye, and a good light box makes my embroidery projects FUN to stitch. One thing I would love is a bigger and brighter light box to accomodate the larger designs...I am not a big fan of the computer printer sheets. I hand trace all my designs, so a good marking tool is also importent. Looking forward to hearing more about the blog hop...I am itching to get stitching!! Stay safe!! xop

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  52. Just read the Saturday note at the bottom of your post. Sending good thoughts and prayers for you and your family to stay safe!!

    As for stitching... the very best thing that I've done lately was given in and get progressive lens at my last eye appointment. I had been using prescription reading glasses and then switching to distance glasses when I go out. But the young woman who did the fitting for my glasses assured me that progressive would make a world of difference and they have!

    I would be most interested in an embroidery project as I love to embroider. I discovered years ago that I simply don't have the patience to do all the counting involved in cross-stitch.

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  53. I hope you are safe!! Any or all would be of interest to me.

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  54. I haven't embroidered in ages. Love x-stitch but didn't do the planning on current work so I am almost half way into a 10 year project! Love the stand that I have the work on, makes it much easier to concentrate on a smaller area, and I make sure I do some every night in front of the TV with the family. I would love to try some hardanger, blackwork, whitework and redwork... when time allows.... With quilting in the evenings, no more time :(.

    Tools: use a lamp for light, a stand that I can put away when not working on the project and just pull out every evening. A satchel with plastic stitch bow holders to hold the floss for the project which I don't currently need. A pegboard to hold all other floss of small curtain hooks. A triangle holder to put all needles in that have partially used floss lengths.

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  55. Time is my only enemy! Never enough hours in the day. When I'm having withdraws from stitchery, I just set aside 30 minutes at the end of the day to stitch, much like many set aside time to read. It's the only way I get anything done. Of course, age isn't my friend and my eyes don't see like they use to but it doesn't stop me, just slows ,e down. Stay safe!

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  56. A stitching hop would be fantastic. My must have tool is my magnifier/daylight lamp which John, my lovely husband bought for me. It makes the stitching possible in an evening when my eyes are tired from a day at work.

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  57. Prayers were said yesterday and today. Looks like a little calmer day today. In stitching last night, the only thing I could think of that we might need different than the Hops are a bit more time. Or maybe it's just me, hand stitching takes me a bit longer. Getting ready to hand stitch a Baby Girl Quilt for Feb. Sending Huggs and wishes for Clear Days!!
    Huggs, Nancy

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  58. You must have posted as after I checked on Thursday. I hope you weathered the storm with no problems! I love embroidery and you're right that tools are extremely important! Even if your needles and thread are perfect, if you don't have good light you will have trouble. So I would say good thread and good light are what I mostly need for embroidery.

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  59. Would love it to be embroidery!!!!!

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    1. no reply blogger...please leave an email next time...gotcha, embroidery!

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  60. I love all hand stitching, I'm just learning needle punch. Talk about tools.....I'm a gadget girl. If it is new and shiny, I want....

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