Today has been the best stitching day.
I can’t remember if I already mentioned this or not. I’m old you know! 🙂 There are multiple ways to cross stitch – probably more ways than I even know. The way I had always done it before was “seek and poke” (and it has other names), where you’re poking the needle up through the bottom, then back through the top, then back up from the bottom. There’s the two hand method and I do like this one. One hand is on top and one hand is on bottom. This most often is done in a frame or hoop on a stand because . . we only have two hands. If we have to hold the hoop in one hand, we likely can’t stitch with that hand . . or I can’t. My left hand . . poor thing .. has had to learn to get that needle in the hole. It does better on the bottom, with the right hand on top. But, honestly, my preferred method of stitching is “in hand”, which means holding the fabric in my left hand and stitching with my right hand. That has been pretty much the seek and poke method but all the stitchers who amaze me with their speed, use the sewing method, which can be done in hand or with the fabric in a hoop or frame with not quite so much tension on it.
I’ve tried it but just couldn’t “get” it. My stitches always looked rather haphazardly placed, with uneven tension. I had watched several videos. I had talked to Jo about it before. She uses this method in a hoop and she’s fast! She has a lot going on in her life and still gets a ton of stitching and quilting done.
One day last week she and I were chatting online and I was moaning about being so slow. I’ve never been super slow at anything – quilting, knitting, etc. She asked if I had mastered the sewing method of stitching. I told her I had tried it but wasn’t happy with my stitches. She sent me the link to a Fat Quarter Shop video with Stitching With the Housewives. I had watched it before but watched it again. I thought . . I am not stopping til I learn to do this and my stitches look good.
It was weird. I started doing it and it worked . . perfectly. My stitches looked good. What? Why now and not when I tried before. Pattern Keeper tells me I’ve stitched 515 stitches so far today. I think I’ll get to 700 before the day is over. This method is so fast.
As Jo reminded me, this isn’t a race and I don’t care about being faster than Jo or Denise . . I never will be. I just want to get more done. There are so many things I want to stitch and unless I speed it up, not many of them are going to get stitched. I want my walls full of samplers! I’m one step closer now that I’m able to do the sewing method.
This just proves . . never give up on the things you really want to do.