Whether it’s because the Olympics are on, or because there’s a winter storm outside, or you are sick but not sick enough to be in bed, there are times when you have plenty of time to stitch. If you’re like me though, that exactly the time when nothing seems interesting.
I just came down with my first cold of the year and I feel terrible. Putting together a coherent sentence is challenging, let alone doing needlepoint that requires thought. Happily at least I have Olympics to watch.
It’s just one of those times when figuring out the right needlepoint to do can make all the difference. I’ve broken down my suggestions into three categories, guidelines, stitching and non-stitching. You’re sure to find at least one that appeals to you.
When I’m stuck at home and want something soothing I turn to needlepoint. Yesterday with my cold, I watched 5 hours of Olympics and happily stitched and planned. Today I’m hoping to watch another 3 hours. With luck by tomorrow I’ll be ready to do more challenging stuff.
Here’e my list of guidelines for projects that make the cut for times such as these.
- The projects can’t be hard to see (no black painted areas or canvas.
- They need to be small enough you don’t fight with the frame.
- They shouldn’t use beads or embellishments that will spill if you have a sneezing or coughing fit.
- They can’t use charts or too many things to juggle around.
- Threads, techniques and stitches should be ones you know well.
Follow these guidelines to find projects that will give you a sense of accomplishment, be a comfort, and not get you frustrated.
Because I generally have many projects going at once, I can usually find something that falls into one or more of these buckets.
- Look at your UFOs and WIPS, find one that is easy to do, small or only has a bit to finish. Stitch it if it isn’t challenging. You’ll be so happy at what you’ve accomplished.
- Get your car or plane project out of your tote bag and work on it. Since these are supposed to be stressless projects, they are good when you aren’t feeling great.
- Stitch on a project that needs only Tent Stitch.
- Work on backgrounds that use stitches and threads you know well.
- Look through books to find ideas for future projects. Tag them with Post-it flags.
- Organize a simple part of your stash. I just got a new bead container & will be doing this.
- Go through your WIPs and stash. Organize, clean-up and take projects not in active rotation off the stretcher bars. You’ll be surprised at the rom you find.
- Put together a tool kit for travel and to keep by your stitchy chair.
- Make your saved ORTs into an ornament or store in a pretty jar
Now please excuse me while I go sneeze.