Your Questions Answered QUICK Friendly advice Q&A We asked our Facebook fans for tips on how to stay pain-free while stitching – here’s what they said… lease can you tell me where I can buy Mill Hill seed beads to complete one of your lovely patterns? Thanks. P pillows under both elbows. The pillows support my arms and allow me to relax my shoulders which helps with the pain. have to hunch over a chart on my lap, meaning my back stays straighter and doesn’t end up aching. Jacky Bouck-Standen: I stitch using good light sitting at my desk. I’m sitting rather upright in my office chair which has good back support, so no aches and pains for me! I try and take a break every 1 to 1.5 hours. Jill Smith, via Facebook Julie Reynolds: Hannah E: Lakeside Needlecraft* are a great supplier of Mill Hill beads who stock a huge variety of different types and sizes, so you’re sure to find something to your liking. Check out their website for ordering details and to see their full range of seed, bugle, pebble, petite, pony and magnifica beads which you could interchange in different projects to create exciting effects. Handeze compression gloves are amazing for wrists that hurt – would recommend! I put my threads and scissors in another room so that I have to get up, stretch and walk often. Otherwise, I forget to take frequent breaks. Lisa Wright: Stephanie Mulder: Deborah Gregory: I find switching between different style holders and sizes helps keep my hands from becoming sore! When my hand starts to hurt from holding my Q Snap, I move to a hoop. Don’t stitch for too long at a time, take regular breaks and days off. If your hands hurt soak them in cold water. Find us on Facebook and join in with the chat. If you're lucky, your tip might appear here! Just log on to www.facebook.com/The WorldofCrossStitching and hit ‘like’ at the top of the page! Laura Schrock Logeman: I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I stitch at home sitting in a recliner. When stitching for long periods of time, I will put I use a computer lap tray on my lap for my chart. As it’s angled slightly towards me, I don’t Lorna Smith: TECHNIQUE FOCUS KNOW HOW Tackling special stitches I really like the Quick Challenge project in your magazine by Faby Reilly, but I’m new to stitching and not sure I can do those special stitches. Is there a way to simplify them so that I can still stitch the great designs please? Thank you for your help. Q Bead embellishments Add a bit of bling to a project using Mill Hill beads Joan Hibbot, Lancaster s there any product on the market I could use to edge my aida whilst working? I usually sew a piece of fabric to the edges, but is there some other way of doing this? The great thing about this new section is that stitchers of all abilities can try their hand at some new stitches and skills using the clear step-by-step tutorial photos as a guide. Faby also has many handy video tutorials on her website – www.fabyreilly.com. I’d encourage you to give it a go, as you may find them simpler than you think – even if you’re a beginner! Try them out on scrap pieces of fabric first, so you feel less pressure in getting them right first time. You could even use a bigger count fabric than indicated on the project, which will help you with seeing the stitch placements. Then, once you’re confident in the technique you can replicate it on your main stitched piece. However, if you do struggle, there may be ways to change the stitch or skip it. Colonial knots can be interchanged with French knots or beads, and for this issue’s Rhodes butterfly stitch, you could simplify them into cross stitches – just create a similar size and shape with your whole stitches. Fiona: I A Franci Stapleton, New Zealand Heather: You could use a product like Hi-Tack Fray Stop but I’d recommend testing it on a scrap piece of fabric first so as not to risk ruining your work. Or, a simpler approach could be to use masking tape around the edges. Tackling special stitches With Faby’s step-by-step instructions, you’ll conquer these stitches in no time www.gathered.how/woxs 36 The World of Cross Stitching
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