My Needlepoint Problem
Being a bit of an obsessive type, needlepoint has consumed me to some extent for nearly 50 years. It is the longest relationship in my life, except for my brother.
So it was a natural fit to turn my hobby/passion into a business when the opportunity presented itself. AndI have never regretted it. But at times constantly mixing work and pleasure can be rough.
I have tried other crafts to give me a break, namely knitting and temari. But mostly they served to add more to my stash. And it’s also, I think, because it’s needlepoint I love.
But having a break is still important so I was getting frustrated. Then I remembered my seamstress grandmother’s rule of “no sewing on Sunday.” She would knit, crochet, and even pin up garments. But she never let a threaded needle in her hands on Sunday.
So for many years I have followed my own version of the rule by, mostly, not stitching work needlepoint on Sundays. And it works. I get aUFO’s finished, stitch presents for my friends, and I can stitch things I want to do.
Jessica of Lycette Designs faces this problem as well. Her company has grown fast and she was getting lost in it all. In her recent post she shares her story with us along with wonderful advice on how to regain that old feeling.
About Janet M Perry
Janet Perry is the Internet's leading authority on needlepoint. She designs, teaches and writes, getting raves from her fans for her innovative techniques, extensive knowledge and generous teaching style. A leading writer of stitch guides, she blogs here and lives on an island in the northeast corner of the SF Bay with her family
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