How do you keep multi crafting irons in the fire?

“…but for now I have not given up needlepoint, so I am off to stitch although I should practice knitting too…no needlepoint today. ”

I wrote this March 16th and even though I did go needlepoint I kept thinking about the other projects I have in the works and especially my knitting. I will never get any better if I do not practice….

I wonder, how do you handle multi crafting? Do you assign time by the day, week, project or do you do whatever suits your fancy? Do you have stitching groups you attend…knitting, beading, needlepoint; guilds you are an active member (what’s the use of joining if you are not active.); or even more classes?

I go once a week to a beading gathering, a needlepoint gathering, I am a member of a needlepoint guild. I was a member of a Fiber guild but they meet on the same evening as my beading and needlepoint groups and if I do both beading and needlepoint I am done for the day, so I dropped this membership for now.

I sometimes get overwhelmed by all the things I want to do and I have enough stash in several medias (see: https://sudukc.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/do-i-have-stash/) keep me busy in this lifetime and maybe two others.

I would love to hear from you and how you handle this needlework dilemma and I think I will post this on Facebook’s Needlepoint Nation (https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/). If you don’t belong, you should, it is a wealth of information and enabling.

BTW, Friday….March 30 National Stitching-In Day. Why don’t you start now and plan to go stitch somewhere?

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have time to stitch today.

ttfn…sue

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Creative Dry Spells

I think I can safely say I have suffered from “Creative Dry Spells” in all forms of my artistic endeavors. It is like being in a depressed mood; you know it will pass but it does not make it any the less painful. They are not fun, nor can you talk yourself out of them; the best thing to do is ignore them for a day or two and then try to work thru them or just do something else like cleaning (ugh) or cooking. Cleaning should convince you to be creative real quick and cooking can be creative also yummy if you bake or make desserts.

I read somewhere (probably another blog but I forgot to write down whose blog) some ways to get the creative juices flowing again. I have adapted them to needleart thoughts:

  1. Spend some time with your stash
  2. Finish a UFO or several
  3. Practice a stitch/technique you haven’t mastered or would like to learn
  4. Look ahead to projects you must finish:
  • Designers/teachers have deadline
  • Finishing deadlines
  • Work under pressure
  1. Just keep active.

Sometimes any of these are easier said than done depending on how “dry” you are feeling.

Sometimes spending some “me time” with a cuppa and your favorite needlework books and/or magazines can help. I love my books and looking through them may give you an idea of something to stitch, a technique to try or maybe you will just relax and look at the pictures.

Sometimes no matter what you do nothing speaks to you; then it may be time for some artistic needlework enhancement. In other words, a trip to your local needlework shopS (sometimes it takes more than one). Going to your favorite places is good for two reasons:

  1. It may spark your creative juices with something as simple as a new thread for that project you saw in your stash. You may find a new canvas that speaks to you and if all else fails…
  2. You are at least spending time with other creative people and this is good. They may remind you of a canvas you have at home that you were really dying to stitch just a few weeks ago. They may show you a new technique they are working on, a new stitch, a new thread, or maybe just give you a smile that will brighten your day.

And if you are lucky enough to have more than one shop in your area you have that many more chances to get those creative juices flowing…whatever it takes to spark those fingers. And if you are really lucky, maybe you can sit and visit with others. You don’t have to be stitching something, you can just visit. I visit a group(s) and not everyone is stitching needlepoint, some are knitting, some are stash enhancing, and others have just come by to visit.

And we learn from each other and the more diverse and wide our circle of creative friends is the more we learn…there are no limits to creative thoughts. Attending guild meetings, having stitch-ins, maybe just going for a cuppa and stitching there. Just think for a minute about threading a needle; you know people who:

  1. Thread a needle with the end going immediately through the eye of the needle
  2. Bend the thread over the needle and then thread that bend through the eye of the needle.
  3. Pinch the thread tightly between their thumb and index finger and saw the eye of the needle onto the thread
  4. Wet the end of the thread and place thread through eye of needle … or
  5. Use a needle threader.

None of these are wrong, None is better than another…it is what works for you. But if some needle artist is having trouble threading a needle just being around other needle artists may give her the idea she needs to thread her needle. I know that is pretty simplistic but you get the idea.

If you don’t want to tempt you credit card, watch a love flick, visit an art gallery, visit a park, just take a walk. Anything will do to keep you from sitting and brooding about the “dry spell”.

I have two artist friends that seem to ward off  dry spells by drawing every day; they have notebooks of their works. I am not that disciplined and that’s probably why they make a living at their art and my art just keeps my sanity.

One of my friends tries to go out and about every day to see inspiration. He will draw and paint in his notebook people and places around him. Recently at an art fair, I ask him if I could see his journal and he shared it with me. He was in a mall at an art fair, yet found the time to capture the other artists around him. Each entry has the day and date of the week (he told me it was like his day planner). Not only was there an image of his fellow artists but a small drawing of the type of art they were showing. WOW! I spent several minutes looking through his diary and it was such a privilege; I felt like he not only trusted me very much. He had let me see into his soul; it really was a special moment. I did not read his thoughts but just looking at the pictures he had drawn. I left his booth maybe not inspired but feeling sooooo uplifted.

My other artist friend is a former art professor and he lives close to his former university. You can visit him anytime he is in town and he will listen to you and then in his own magical way give you some thoughts to ponder. He never gives you “his answer” because then you would not be working through your problem. Once a week, when he is in town, he holds “tea time”; an open date to just visit with others of like mind, have tea and discuss whatever comes up, such an enlightening way to give so much insight into so many things. It is no wonder all he asks is for you to RSVP your attendance; these events are attended by friends, former students and students who have heard about him through their professors. And even though it may be a crowded place on occasion, you always come away feeling inspired and more than that hopeful, optimistic.

So, I think I will be off to look at my stash and maybe it will trigger something.  I hope you are not having a creative dry spell but if you are, join me by going through your stash and let’s see what happens.  I really hope you can just go stitch and have fun.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have time to stitch today.

ttfn…sue

Do I have Stash?

Someone asked me if I had much stash and how I stored it… Well yes, but not as much as some others I know… but I do have my fair share…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASince I do several needlecrafts I have a large overlapping stash…(my DH calls it my mini Hobby Store…This is from a man whose workbench and area looks like a hardware store after an earthquake..don’t tell him I posted this picture!)… mine is very well organized even though it does take up a large portion of our home. I dabble in any needle art, but my favorites are needlepoint, temari, needle felting (new), knitting (learning), crochet and sewing.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have a library…it has all needle related books.  I have a stitching area in here but seldom use it.

 

In our office I have a stitching chair too, but use it mostly for selecting threads. I have closet with threads and beads; these are stored on wire shelves in plastic boxes and drawers. Most are stored by type (i.e DMC #5 Perle, DMC Floss, Kreinik #8 Braid, Rainbow Gallery silk, Silk and Ivory etc….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWithin the box or drawer, it may vary as how I store each thread: DMC and Rainbow Gallery Silk are stored by number, some Rainbow Gallery, Silk & Ivory and all Kreinik and beads are stored by color.  All threads and beads are clearly marked by number as well as who produced it and name (if applicable.) It is whatever I find works best for me and the particular thread or bead.

My general supplies are stored in clear plastic containers or bags and marked in my master bedroom closet: I have painted needlepoint canvases, cut plain needlepoint canvas
yarn (for knitting a & crocheting), leftover yarn from crochet projects is wound into bases as I go to desired sizes) I use this bases not only for temari balls but also for needle felting balls. When I’m making a temari, I chose the ball and wind with sewing thread.


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My sewing threads are kept in the sewing area with finishing supplies for finishing needlework.

 

I also keep  a box and/or bag for each type of needle art tools/supplies:
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tools…haven’t been in to this long enough to mass great supplies.

 

 

 

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box with Kumihimo disks, and weights.

Bobbins are in a plastic bag.

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATemari has it’s own lunch box of tools.

 

 

 

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Since I started needlefelting I purchased a set of rolling drawers. I store some supplies and  needle felting roving in here. I also have a plastic box for tools and a couple containers with tools I use.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut needlepoint takes up the most areas.  I have a couple stitching nests; each has a floor stand, light and comfy chair for stitching. One area has a set of drawers to keep extra supplies and dodads.

 

I have three bags of stitching tools; one large with seldom used tools, one small that I take to classes and seminars and one I use all the time. Not to mention my collection of needlework tools that I have blogged about before.

So yes, I guess I do have stash! I’m lucky I have a pretty good idea what stash I have and where to look. I can go right to it without much trouble.

I would love to take over the living room (we live in our family room) as an art area but DH has drawn a line in the sand, says he can’t turn around now without fearing for his life of being stabbed by a needle or pair of scissors…men!)

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have time to stitch today!

ttfn…sue


 

Needlepoint Housekeeping

It does not matter how slow you go, as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

Read that on someone’s blog and thought it was great (sorry I forgot to reference the original blog  source).

January (even though it is mostly over) is usually the month we all get real impulsive and  decide to organize our lives (eating habits, exercise habits, and yes even our stash and needle nests).

My impulsiveness was happily contained by my bout with the flu; no diet for me and it’s much too cold to even think about a walk to the front door let alone around the block. But while I was recouping  my January/ February issue of 14-01-28 magazineNeedlepoint Now (www. Needlepointnow.com)  arrived…and just in time too, I was about to suffer from complete needlepoint withdrawal since I had not stitched in two weeks. I read EVERYTHING even the page numbers on every page 🙂 . And there within these pages were others talking about organizing their stash and needlenests.  I like the rest of us who have more than a dozen different threads have contemplated for years: store by color or thread type, that is the question.

ED NOTE: if you know needlepointer  that only has only a  dozen threads , you need to have an intervention quickly…that needlepointer is having a needlepoint  breakdown  So, quickly have several friends send her a few extra threads so she too may contemplate the age old question: color or type?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is not a single answer to this question; everyone has to find the system that works for them. Last year I semi- reorganized my thread stash and came up with a system that works for

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me. I used all the thread rings I have a decorator elements and hung them in my office; I have my OLD re-purposed toy barrel I use to hold most color cards; I have a notebook to store Rainbow Gallery color cards and the rest of the

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stash is sorted by thread type in boxes in my thread closet that when we remolded the office I had them leave the doors off. So from my desk I can see all the threads, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Most of the drawers are Rainbow Gallery and these threads are stored by type: Splendor, color: yellow, number 1,2,3.. The larger boxes are also by supplier: Caron: Impressions, Brown Paper Packages: Silk n Ivory; DMC flouche…and these are sorted on rings by color and then numerically. All the overdyes are in boxes by name or number which even the thread manufacturer suggests. I have two boxes from the hardware store; one holds Kreinik by size and color and the other has Needlepoint  Inc silk by color and Trebizond by color. Most of the floss and perle coton are being converted to large plastic floss cars and stored in divide craft boxes.  And this works for me.

14-01-28 nestAnd I have a new addition to enhance my stash collecting and needle nest. Last year when a local needlework shop closed I purchased at the auction four empty DMC floss cabinets. I drew up a base that I wanted to have made and asked my husband to make it for me. Life happens and the stand got put on the back burner but not forgotten. Last week-end the base was finished and now sits next to one of my needlenests waiting for me to fill it up. Oh what is better than a stash area waiting to be filled!

And yes I have more than one needlenest…I have to have a place to stitch in all my favorite places…There is a place in the library with all my needlepoint books, a place in my office, one in the sitting area of our master bedroom and of course the family room too. My sons are constantly reminding me that when they were young and left their toys all over I would tell them to pick them up and take them to their rooms or the toy room. And I am just as quick to remind them that what I said was a case of “do as I say not as I do” ; or they can just blame it on getting old…I forget where my nest is and just make a new one…and if that doesn’t work for them: it is MY house I can do what I want.

Okay I am off to fill my DMC drawers and have a good day, after all I only have three more days left in January to be impulsively organized (this compulsion usually abates itself by Valentine’s day.) And remember it does not matter how slow I go as long as long as I don’t stop until the drawers are full of stash…sorry Confucius for the play on your words.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to stitch today!

ttfn…sue

My stash enlarging & German Sampler Collection

Two blog entries in two days unheard of in my world but just could not wait.

This morning my friend M-TB posted a link to Needlepoint Nation Stash Exchange (http://www.facebook.com/#!/NeedlepointNationStashExchange) and there is a Pinterest site too. So of course I headed over to check it out, friended the place, began to explore AND naturally found something I cannot live without. So I have sent an inquiry and may be adding to my stash by the end of the day. Thanks M-TB, I think…not sure DH will be as happy as I will be.
And as long as you are in Facebook don’t forget to friend Amy Bunger (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amys-Golden-Strand/189965167681135). She is posting live from market…Oh more goodies.

Then I decided since I was getting a late start anyway (I blaming it on M-TB) I read my emails. Well I spent more $$:
Mary Corbet ( http://www.needlenthread.com/) giveaway three Trish Burr butterflies so I will be headed to trish’s ste to get my own butterfly (http://www.trishburr.co.za/) or just go straight to the purchasing at ETSY (http://www.etsy.com/shop/TRISHBURREMBROIDERY) .

And another email from Hedgehog Handworks (http://www.hedgehoghandworks.com/catalog/index.php) sent me to their site for the annual 15% February Sale. At least I have the month to $pend here. Maybe DH won’t notice if I space these out …

And there are those canvases I have on my want list that pop into my mind every time I buy some other than them…Oh the annoying aggravation of “Stashites” the terminal ailment of never having or wanting too much needlepoint and its accompanying ailments: threads, accessories and books.

13-02-01 german museum celle%20(58)And then I ended my email reading on a bittersweet note: Country Bumpkin sends out a newsletter and in that newsletter they told about a German Sampler Museum that is closing. So if you are going to or are in Germany you may want to make this a stop on your agenda. You can view this museum and wish you were going (I do) at Sabine Taterra web site (http://www.samplers-berlin.com/museum_celle_en.html). And while you are visiting Sabne’s site look around pretty cool, especially if you 13-02-01 german museum celle%20(60)like samplers. I love to look at samples and I’ve stitched a few in my life but they are like quilts…I love them, want to have them just don’t want to stitch them. So this was a bittersweet referral; bitter that another stitch related museum is closing down and many of these 13-02-01 german museum celle%20(61)lovely works will not be seen again but sweet in the fact that I found another website and blog to visit.
Now before everyone starts sending me emails about promoting $pending…I receive no monetary gains from these referrals and I take no blame for spending of time and $$$ that might occur because of these references…I will be making my own excuses for my credit card spree. But since M-TB started my avoidance of work today I’m blaming her for not getting anything done today. Don’t you feel guilty M-TB….no, me either. Thanks for the fun morning. 😉
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to stitch today! I know I will; probably the only other productive thing I will do today besides surfing the web…
ttfn…sue

Joplin Missouri needs stash

I have been so busy this week I forgot to post anything. I got the pictures taken but haven’t had time to write…

Today I was catching up on reading my favorite blogs and I came across this one: Blue Moon River: http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/2011/05/joplin-missouri-quilt-guild-needs-our.html

Now I know many of us are stitchers, but life without stash is not good and esppecially to a group that makes quilts to give to others in need. So please go through your stash and if you have extra threads and material you think they could use please help.

I’m going to go through my stash and my piggy bank too. I can’t imagine life without stash.

 I hope everyone has time to stitch today and this Memorial week-end too! ttfn…sue