Monday, March 30, 2015

Remember to Stretch

Needlepoint for Fun has a wonderful section on their website about exercises and ergonomics for stitchers that will help you avoid problems with your stitching posture, overuse of your wrists, arms, shoulders, etc.  It's so good I added it to the "Yoga and Ergonomics for Stitchers" section of Blog, which is on the right side, just under the koi pond.  I suggest you visit these links occasionally to remind yourself of ways to keep from hurting yourself during those long stitching sessions in front of the television.
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/needlepoint-pain.htm

Barbara Bergsten gave me the idea when she got her yoga instructor to write up some stretches for stitchers.  I added her two articles first, then added more links as I stumbled across them.  After all, our bodies are our most important stitching tools and we need to care for them well.

Thanks, Barbara.  Every day without pain is a good day!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 20, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

"Wash Your Hands!"

Kathy is taking a silk shading class at the Royal School of Needlework.  She's stitching on silk fabric with cotton floss but even though she washes her hands before each stitching session and has the piece protected by tissue paper, she still got a mark on the silk fabric.  Here's how she got it out.
http://www.theunbrokenthread.com/blog/2015/03/14/rsn-silk-shading-keeping-the-silk-clean/

This makes my godmother's admonition to always wash your hands before stitching and wash them occasionally during stitching sound very clever.  Wash Your Hands!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 15, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Create Needlepoint, not Sterotypes

Thanks to Valerie, I have a link to another article extolling the virtues of exploring the things the 1950s housewife mastered. 
http://www.bustle.com/articles/69930-11-old-lady-hobbies-that-are-perfect-to-try-in-your-twenties-from-canasta-to-embroidery

Old Ladies Rule!--even if a lot of us aren't any of the things the writer of the article above assumes we are.  Stereotypes, people.  Don't run your life or create assumptions based on stereotypes!

Create needlepoint instead.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 19 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Custom Yarlmulkes

Needle Paint does lots of custom pet portraits, wedding ring bearer pillows and belts but this posting on their blog is something new--custom yarlmulke and kippah designs!   This is a great way to customize a head covering that has religious meaning for someone special in your life.  
http://www.needlepaint.com/blog/2015/02/19/custom-kippah-yarlmulke-needlepoint-canvases/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 22, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Dye Your Own

Instead of Do It Youself (DIY) this is "dye your own" thread day.  (DYO?) 
http://primitivesbythelightofthemoon.blogspot.com/2008/07/how-i-overdye-cotton-floss.html


After all, there are probably Blog readers charmed by dyeing Easter eggs who might want to try this at home.  Do follow all the safety rules, though.  Don't dye in good clothes, wear gloves and don't use any pots or pans you cook in.  Friends scour yard sales for used kitchen bowls and pots for dyeing, by the way.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 18, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.