Originally posted 2008-04-24 07:54:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
In theory having to stay home sick sounds like a great idea, all that time to stitch, but in reality, even if it’s just a bad cold, often your current needlepoint project seems too hard to do.
Just like having a car project, it’s good to have a “stressless” needlepoint project you can do when you want to stitch but don’t want to think.
Your stressless needlepoint should be something small enough that you can feel as if you are making progress on it. That’s good positive reinforcement.
It should not use stitches you don’t know really well. The last thing you want is to mess up the piece by reading the diagram wrong with you foggy brain (I do this often, so I know).
It should use threads you find easy to use with needles big enough not to make stitching stressful. That will make your hands hurt and not be relaxing.
If it’s a painted canvas, it should either be stitch painted or have clear lines. You don’t want to think remember. A good alternative is Bargello with a pattern line stitched. The stitch is always the same and and once the pattern is established, you just follow the line.
Sometimes even the easiest stitching is too hard. That’s when I look at book and think of great new projects. I also like to look at my stitch dictionaries and find interesting stitches and think of where I can use them.
This way we enjoy our needlepoint, even when we think our heads will burst from our colds.