Updated April 26, 2019.
One of the more frustrating elements in my current stitching life is that I am slower stitching than I used to be. One way to make up for that in part is by stitching more efficiently.
Some stitchers thread up multiple needles so she has them ready to go. One lady I know has her grandchildren do it, so they help.
I know plenty of people who prepackage projects, with everything, including scissors, in the bags. They always by new thread for each project so it’s all there, ready to be picked up and stitched.
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 know a new project is coming up I use time when I need a break to package it up: cutting canvas, putting it on stretcher bars, gathering threads, and adding tools. Then I move it out to my stitching chair.
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?