As a DIY project, making your own cross stitch thread organizer can be completed quickly and cheaply by literally anybody. A thread (floss) organizer plays an important part in cross stitching success. It comprises a card with threads looped through holes, labelled with associated symbols and color names of the threads to be used for your project.
In the days of old ‘to cheat’ was to steal something of value from another person. Today, a subtle variation of cheating can be termed ‘acceptable shortcuts’. So, let’s consider a few hints, tricks, and shortcuts for how to cheat at cross stitch.
Now! In the kitchen, we’re all accustomed to using shortcuts — quick sauces, microwaveable mashed potatoes, finely chopped onions, and pre-made meals, which are all common sights on grocery store shelves.
A very old and traditional stitching technique is that of either creating a pattern by fastening beads to fabric by stitching or simply weaving tiny beads together. Peyote stitch patterns have been around for a very long time.
The Egyptians created burial garments using these patterns over 4,000 years ago!
The practice of creating patterns using this ancient technique got its name from the American Plains Indians who created beaded items for their ceremonial prayer meetings.
The peyote stitch is a creative combination of the older African traditions and Native American traditions with current crafting trends to create an original and unique stitch.
The versatility peyote stitch patterns provide make the peyote stitch an excellent choice for variety and interest in many different craft projects including jewelry, accessories, apparel and even small framed pieces used when decorating.
Frequently, I see articles in Cross Stitch magazines about the importance of storing your cross stitch stash well, in order to be tidier and better organized. These articles usually recommend spending a small fortune on craft tote bags, storage solutions and attractive craft boxes. Now, while these are wonderful objects to own, they are not necessarily exactly what you – as an individual – need.
We all have our personal preferences for storing our stitching items. And, of course, many of us are naturally untidy too … leaving projects scattered around the home, and possibly gathering dust. So, let’s take a look at how we can become better organized…
This article is NOT directly related to Cross Stitch, But, you know what? Stitchers, in the main, are well-rounded, intelligent people with all sorts of different interests, some of which they get excited about. Especially when it lets you follow your passion.
Most people generally feel happier and more content when doing, watching or reading something that really catches their attention and interest. So, we decided to give you an article on how to first discover and then follow your own passion…
Do you have a number of projects on the go at a time? I know I do. I have a several projects ‘on hold’ while I complete some Christmas cards and tree ornaments. There are some disadvantages of putting away your long term projects into cross stitch storage, however. Not least being that the momentum of my work is lost, and it takes a lot of willpower to get back into the swing of my former projects. Is it the same for you?
Are you aware of eye strain?
Many people who enjoy cross stitch are familiar with that feeling of tired eyes and a headache that follows a satisfying evening of stitching. We all love to achieve great results, but we shouldn’t have to suffer afterwards for our pleasure. So, how to avoid eye strain?
Good question, and fortunately there are several measures you can take to prevent straining your eyes when you are stitching…