Where do you do your stitching? I stitch ALL of my own original models, so I'm always stitching a new design, or two. I do a LOT of stitching in my office at my desk...with everything spread all around me, my extra-large computer monitor beside me with the ever-evolving design, and general chaos as I stitch, take out, re-stitch, change again, etc.!
But I also do a lot of stitching in my house in the evenings, while I watch a movie or TV. I have this semi-efficient system of keeping current projects in baskets and carting them back and forth. I frequently leave something important in the wrong location, but generally it works. Above is a pic of my comfy stitching chair with little ottoman in front. I always stitch with my feet UP!
Notice the scary big light with magnifier. When new guests come over, I usually roll this monster into the adjoining room, or try to answer their baffled inquiries! Otherwise, it's always right over my shoulder. I should note that my stitching chair is wearing it's summer linen "dress". When fall comes, I'll remove the linen slipcover and let the cozy chenille upholstery keep me and my needle warm.
So what's on that cluttered TV tray next to my chair? Below are the usual contents...
*Glass of water - always!
*Napkin - in case that water gets away - or to catch crumbs because I'm usually snacking.
*My favorite very-pointy scissors - I do lots of stitch REMOVAL - 2 pairs are better than one! The 2 current fobs are both recent gifts from stitchers - what a treat!
*Needles in an (unattractive) plastic container with lid - a couple hundred or more! Is that too many?
*Pincushion where I keep needles threaded and ready to go - or park needles with enough thread remaining to use later. I bought a darling pin cushion from JABC and just haven't found the time to assemble it. Someday it will look stunning on my TV tray!
*Pen - for making changes and notes on charts as I stitch. I can make changes on the computer later.
*Clip with current thread holders clamped together. Those little paper tags that come with the over-dyed threads have a way of getting lost, so I clip them together while I'm working on a project. The Vera Bradley clamps are cute and make this job prettier! Just in case I forget to record a color, it's there in my clip!
*Most important - the current PROJECT basket. Inside are color stitching charts printed from my design software. I usually have a printout of the entire project, along with printouts of enlarged areas for easy viewing. Also in the basket are threads and the project in progress! The project you see will be the Winter Alphabet. It's all graphed and I'm having a really hard time making final color selections...lots of exercise for the pointy scissors in this model! But I think I'm finally satisfied with the colors (except for that one green that I might still change!).
So here's the GIVEAWAY!
10 Lizzie*Kate slime-lime calculators!
How to Enter: Leave a comment on this page telling us something about your favorite stitch niche...where it is, your favorite stitching aid/tool, whatever!
Required: You must include your email address in the comment form. I will
need it to contact you should you win.
Deadline: August 31, 2011 at 11:59pm Central Time
The Fine Print: No purchase necessary to enter. One entry per person.
Winner will be selected at random by Lizzie*Kate using Random.org. All
entries received after the giveaway closing day and time will not be considered.
Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to confirm
receipt of the email. If the winners do not reply within 48 hours, another
winner(s) will be selected. Giveaways will be mailed to the winners' address
Even though my daughter Ali tells me that calculators are no longer popular (or necessary!), they are still popular at L*K. We keep them on our desks and the shipping table, and they're very popular prizes when we attend special stitching events! So...to show Ali that calculators are, indeed, not EXTINCT, please enter our VERY FIRST giveaway!