How the heck do you stitch?
What I mean by that is....what are all of your tips and tricks that you would just love to pass along so that the rest of Stitchy Blogville will come to worship you as the God/Goddess that you are.
I ask this, of course, out of purely selfish motives. I've really been struggling with my latest project....not the actual stitching of the project, mind you, but the meachnics of it.
As you might have guessed, this is a pretty big piece. I originally had it mounted on q-snaps that were just large enough to get a decent sized stitching area, but all of that extra linen drooping over the sides drove me batshit crazy.
So last night I switched out the q-snaps for some taller ones, but I still had excess linen at the bottom. This might not seem like that big of a deal to most of you, but if you're me, it means that you will inevitably stitch the droopy part to itself on the backside because you just have to sit in some facockta position in the Happy Chair, and as you poke and stab the needle through the linen you just can't be bothered to realize that you are, in fact, going through about eighteen layers of it.
After futzing with it for about three hours, I finally rummaged around in my bathroom drawer and came up with a headband that seems to be doing the trick:
Before you have a heart attack and admonish me for using something that could be potentially dangerous to the stitching and linen...don't worry. I never used this headband, so it doesn't have any hairspray or other spinster detritus anywhere near it. (And if you must know, the reason why I never used this headband is because it wouldn't fit on my big fat head and it kept slipping on my big fat hair and I ended up looking more like an idiot than I do now.)
So for now I seem to have solved the pesky linen issue, but now I've got a thread situation:
How do you organize your threads when you're stitching something that has multiple colors and multiple color changes? Do you thread up a needle with all of the different colors, or do you use the same needle over and over again, but thread it each time you change colors?
Since this project uses thread balls and not thread skeins, I got desperate and fished out an empty box from the studio. Try as I might, I just couldn't get the balls to work in FlossAway bags, and I really didn't think it would be a good idea to unwind them and then re-wind them onto bobbins.
So here I sit, completely angst ridden with a feeling like there are millions of stitchy secrets that I don't know. I'm sure that Aunt Chrissy would never intentionally keep these types of things from me, but she tends to be a very very calm, patient, and organized stitcher, and I get up in my head enough for the both of us.
In hand? Q-snaps? On a frame/stand? With the use of various and sundry kitchen and/or bath gadgets? Spools? Bobbins? Bags? Come on, people! You've just GOT to help a girl out!
Here's hoping that your Friday is a lot more peaceful than mine and that your stitching doesn't make you want to run right out and invest millions in new plastic bins from the Target clearance aisle!