My Originally Designed Case for
Needles and Extra Threads
I've often wondered how other needleworkers store their threaded needles
because I've never found anything that comes close to matching my own
originally designed treaded needle case for practicality. Because I wanted something
to hold up to 36 threaded needles, along with an extra strand of thread, I designed
a special velveteen-covered case for myself. It measures
12x18 inches, opens like a book, and stands by itself on any surface. Inside, it has
sturdy fabric section on each side that has two rows of little fabric
pockets and a flap below to hold the needle, and a grommet hole beneath that
to hold a strand of thread.
I spend several hours at the start of every needlework project
setting up my thread box by first pulling out colors already in my
inventory and then winding all the new ones to cardboard holders that are
interfiled in the case by number.
Once all threads are organized, I thread all the needles in one sitting and
run the rest of the strand through its matching hole. Thus I always start every project with a
threaded needle for every color and can quickly change colors and needles
without the frustration of constantly having to stop to thread a needle or get
another strand from the box.
P.S. I'm not showing a picture of my case because I think I have a
marketable idea here; not that I'll ever find the time to try to sell it,
but I want to protect it a bit just the same.
Copyright © 2000-2013
by Barbara Brabec
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Barbara Brabec's World
IN CASE ANYONE WANTS a close-up look at what
cross-stitch embroidery looks like, this little detail from the picture above
shows you what I see as I work under magnification. Very tedious work, and even
with magnification, it's not always easy to hit the corner holes of each little
square right on the mark. Note the many different shades of color in each square
I never kept track of the time it took to do each of these pieces, but in
monitoring my time on a 5x7-inch highly decorative carousel pony I've been
working on since Christmas, I see that it has taken me as much as ten hours to
do one square inch (196 stitches) because several colors are involved in every
inch of this particular design, and also because I'm a bit out of practice
since I haven't stitched for eight years and had to rip out misplaced stitches
a few times.
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