Last week Cara commented that she wanted some tips to stitch more efficiently.
Along with that request she had a great tip of her own. She threads up multiple needles so she has them ready to go.
Here are some of the things I do to make stitching more efficient.
I precut my thread when I first use it as much as I can. This doesn’t work for all threads, but when I can cutting the skein all at once means I have pieces the correct length ready to go.
If I am using several strands of a thread, but not all the strands, I keep the leftovers right next to me and away from the other threads. I combine them with strands from other stitching lengths to get new stitching bundles. By having them close by, stranded, and bundled, every fews lengths I have a thread ready to use.
When I’m ready to do a project, I put all the threads, the canvas on stretcher bars, needles and scissors in a project bag. Then I don’t waste time looking for things.
Although my husband would disagree I keep my studio so I can find tools, markers, threads and canvases easily. This has improved my stitching more than anything except using stretcher bars (another time saver). Knowing where to find things means I start projects faster.
What tips do you have for stitching efficiently?