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Monday, 15 July 2013

A Question

Dear Fellow Stitchers
I hope no-one minds me posting this but I have a question:-

On following these blogs, I am blown away by how much stitching many of you achieve and would love to know how you organise your stitching time, any time-saving tips etc.  I work full-time plus so my leisure hours are very limited but I'm sure many of you are in the same position.  It would be so interesting to find out more about how you speedy stitchers operate.

Thanks in advance for any tips.
Kind regards
Joanne
New Zealand

16 comments:

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Joanne,
As I no longer work outside the home, I'm sure I have more time than you do, but I do have 15 acres and LOTS of animals to take care of. I stitch in the evening, usually from 9-11 or so, and don't really "watch tv" just listen to it as background.

Melinda

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, again, Joann,
Since I see you live in New Zealand, do you know how to get the Wyndham sampler chart? A blog reader of mine asked about it. She turned out to be no reply, so maybe she reads this too.

Thanks,
Melinda

Joanne O'H said...

Hi Melinda
I think the Wyndham Sampler chart can be purchased from Sherelyn at Heirlooms (a wonderful needlework shop in Hawkes Bay, NZ). Her website is www.barberryrow.com.
Kind regards
Joanne

Nicola said...

Hello Joanne,

Your book was posted today so I hope it reaches you soon.

I stitch every evening between 6/7 and 11/12pm. I very rarely watch TV but I do listen to audio books as I sew. I cannot sit without doing something productive.

Having said all of that I haven't picked up a needle for the last few days as it has been far too hot and my evenings have been saved for chores and walking my dogs. :o))

Jonette said...

Glad you asked this question and look forward to the answers. I work a full time and a part time job so some days I do not get any stitching done. I am not very good at sitting unless I am doing something so I usually stitch while listening to movies or tv. I suffer with insomnia so sometimes I get up in the wee hours and stitch till time to get ready for work. I am amazed at how much faster I am stitching since I got the Millenium frame and stand. I had never used the technique of one hand on top and one on the bottom until now. It really makes a difference. Good luck and happy stitching!

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

so I'm a little French embroidering every night from 19 pm to 1 am as far as possible, it also happens to me on Sunday while the rest of the family sleeps in the morning I get up early and embroiders. lol I think this is the passion! thank you for your blog, and sorry for the bad translation thank you!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Like you, I work full time and try to keep a resonably clean house. I stitch for 15-30 minutes on my lunch hours and usually an hour or so in the evening. I figure even if I can only give it 15 minutes, I've done something. Sometimes I'll even just stitch one length of thread but it's something. I do try to stitch everyday just a little bit.

Bethany said...

I fortunately do not work outside of the home, unless you call my garden outside the home...... I am always busy, either keeping up our old new home, or having company. There are times when I don't pick up a needle for months. Then I get on a role and don't put down a needle. I will stitch like I am working outside the home, from 8am-5pm, with a break for lunch. I get most of my stitching done while visiting my mother in Ohio. We have side by side chairs, with dazor floor maglights and rollaframe stands. So we laugh, talk and rippit a lot. Looking forward to this time in October.

Vera said...

Like so many others I, too, work full time and then have all the assorted household "chores" to do. I like to have a lot of time in the morning before going to work to "wake up" and have my coffee. I will often stitch for 30 minutes or so then and try to stitch in the evening (not always successful). Weekends allow me a little more time in the morning and it is often easier to stitch in the evening as well on the weekends.

Glenna said...

Hi, what an interesting question! I think it's a devotion level (and maybe fast hands), but I accomplish a fair amount of stitching even though I work full-time, have a long commute and take care of a large house and garden. I stitch during my lunch hour at work most days. I stitch most evenings from 1/2 an hour to an hour or so. Saturday (wedged in between chores) is my big stitch day: I generally spend at least 3-4 hours at it (and sometimes more). I do a little on Sunday as well. Vacations and holidays find me in my stitching chair for large stretches of time. A couple of things: my house is not spotless (far from it) and I never, ever watch tv. I find that doing a little every day, regularly, gives me steady progress and the big chunks of time on the weekend give me big blocks of progress--very satisfying.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Firstly, put the iPad in another room and ignore it!
Secondly, cultivate a lack of awareness of housework
Thirdly, use every spare second to stitch. Not so easy with the big projects but I always keep a small project on the go, something easy to pick up and stitch for five minutes.
Which is why I have stitched so many cards and ornies just lately and so few BAPs.

Great question, I'm going to link this post on the Hints and Tips page so we can all refer back to it easily.

Martha S said...

What a great question cause I have wondered how other people do it. I am retired, but don't seem to have enough time. I try and stitch in the evening and then I have 3 friends that I get together once a week and stitch for a couple of hours. I also wonder how many projects people have going.

brod'attitude said...

Like many of stichers I only "listenning" the TV every evening. But sometimes in Evening I have very hard choice, reading or stiching or...ironing clothes. But my best moment for the sitching is when all my familly is sleeping.

Krista said...

What a great question. I have enjoyed reading all of the responses. I have wondered it too. I work full time, but try to stitch in the evening while watching TV a few times a week, and then give more time on my weekend days.

Joanne O'H said...

Thank you so much for your answers - they are all very helpful. Jo - you are so right about the Ipad. I have had mine for 2 months and it is the best invention! But also the biggest time waster ever!

Martha, It would be very interesting to know how many projects people have on the go. But I am too embarrassed to start that particular discussion.
Happy stitching.

MoonBeam said...

It has been fun to read these responses. I agree that I am a more productive stitcher when my project is on a Millenium frame. I also agree with the comments about the iPad...so entertaining and useful, but I blow away too much time on it.

I love when I get passionate about a project and just want to stitch, stitch, stitch. Like reading a book that you just can't put down.

Bobbi