Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Adrift, Page 22/42 is Complete

Started Nov 3 and finished Dec 1, this page took nearly a month. 

7315 stitches.

I'm back to Winter Hat Owl, the last 8 pages, with 4 of them being very small partials, so the end is in sight.  I can't wait, and I've lined up my next project, which I will unveil in good time. 

I have to say, I really enjoyed reading all of your favourite accessories to stitch with.  Mine have become such a daily part of my stitching life, that I don't really think about them much, in short, I fear I take them for granted.  So I thought I'd give you a top 10 list of favourite accessories of mine.

1. My stand.  It's a K's creation, and I can easily snap my q-snap into it and work away.  I know it looks a bit steampunkish, but I love it.

2. My Mighty Bright Magnifier. (the only photos of have of it have the cockatoo - sorry)  It's the only thing that saves my eyes from certain blindness brought on by HaED patterns.

3. My ipad.   (sorry, no photo)  But using it with Goodreader has been the best thing ever.  I make far fewer mistakes and the fact I can zoom that baby in so I'm only focusing on a 10x10 grid is helpful. 
If you haven't converted to .pdf patterns, I highly recommend it.


4. My Q-Snaps.  I'm convinced this is the best invention since sliced bread.  My sad little favourite hoop has been semi retired.  I now mix and match my sizes. I have put the 11x11 with the 8x8 to make a sort of landscape style Q-Snap.  It works for me!

5. My floss case.  I bought this around 1992 in Nova Scotia.  Note the great big section in the middle that gives me scads of room for scissors and other necessities?  I've never found this particular style of case again.  I almost handle this with white gloves, that's how precious this is to me.  A friend found one in a dollar store, but when she went back they were sold out, with no recollection of ever having them in stock.  If ever any of you see one like this, I'd appreciate a heads up.

6. My Scissors.  It's no secret I have a bit of an addiction when it comes to Gingher designer scissors.  I can't help myself, they are just so darn beautiful!  I've since collected a total of 5 that I rotate with every page.

7. My needle minders.  I'm starting to get out of control with this addiction.  I've even taken to making my own using old costume jewellery.

8. My needle threaders.  Most useful accessory when it comes to threading Krenick and other tricky threads.

9. Wax for when your threads just won't stop knotting. 

10.  My Tacky Bob, which comes in dead handy for beading.  Sadly, I don't have much use for it anymore, but I still pull it out and use it when I want to make some scissor fobs. (For those that don't know, a Tacky Bob looks like a cd cover, with sticky flypaper-esque paper on the inside that you can throw beads on and they won't end up all over the floor/couch/lap)

Honourable mention!
My SnagNab It. Handy, handy, handy little tool for grabbing wayward threads that aren't sitting neatly.

That's it! That's my top 10 accessory list.  I need every single one of these things on my list.  Stitching without them would simply be barbaric!

If you do a top 10 list on your own blog, please link to it in the comments.  I love, love, love seeing your favourites!

Happy stitching, everyone!

~Rai Rai

14 comments:

  1. Fabulous page finish!
    Enjoy stitching your Owl. It will be nice to make some quicker progress. Looking forward to seeing what your next project will be...

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    1. Thanks! The Owl is underway with one column already done. This should be a quick stitch, although it will be a busy month with work, so we'll see how fast it goes.
      I'll announce the new project as soon as the owl is done. Stay tuned!

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  2. Well done on another page finish on Adrift. I'll look forward to seeing your owl again soon.
    My top 10 accessories would have to be just about everything I use 1) millennium floorstand, 2) millennium frames, 3) mini wizard, 4) daylight lamp, 5) gold-plated needles, 6) needle minders, 7) scissors, 8) thread boxes, 9) clipboard for my charts and 10) a fleece for my legs!
    I think Thread Heaven and the TV for company are about the only things I've missed out! :)

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    1. Mini Wizard? What is this magic that I've never heard about!

      I would have to add Bohin needles to the list as well. Have you used them? They have a high polish on them and slide through the fabric like buttah!

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  3. Congrats on the page finish! I use everything on your list in variation (except we do have the same light), but I'll have to find me a Snag Nab-It...that would help me TONS! Thanks!

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    1. You can get Snag Nab It's from 123stitch. They aren't very expensive, but man, do they come in handy!

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  4. Lots of these are on mine lol I love the magnifier pic ;). My must have is my clip on lamp

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    1. I have a little clamp on lamp that I use when I travel. It didn't make my list, because I rarely use it. But I agree, it's a must have!

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  5. Beautiful work! Congrats on the progress!! Good luck with your Owl. Can't wait to see it grow. Also can't wait to see the mystery project you have picked out. I agree with most the things on your list. I love gingher scissors too! Needle minders are a fun addiction. Gotta have bling for your stitching supplies haha.

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    1. Bling is a must! You and I park our cars in the same garage over that fact!

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  6. Beautiful stitching on Adrift. I can't believe the owl is almost done! Love that one.
    Your top 10 was interesting. I love Bohin needles too.

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    1. Thanks! Aren't Bohin needles the very, very best??? I'll never use any other needle again.

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  7. A very Merry Christmas and a happy and creative 2016! Sunny greetings from New Orleans, Alice

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    1. Thank you! Sorry for my late reply, I just saw this. I hope you had a lovely Christmas, Alice, and a Happy New Year

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