Thursday, August 6, 2015

What Will You Do When You Can't Cross Stitch Anymore?

I've been thinking a lot lately about what I'm going to do when I can't cross stitch any more.  I've been watching my mom struggle with quilting.  Quilting was her passion.  She is still doing the hand quilting but, we have the keep the projects small:  hot pads, placemats and table runners.

I thought maybe punch needle.  I bought a cheap punch needle to try and see if I might like it.  I got fabric too.  Haven't tried it yet.  It looks like it just sucks up the thread and may be kind of monotonous.  That might be okay when my eyes and memory aren't so good.

While in North Carolina, we went to Chapel Hill Needlepoint.  My sister does needlepoint.  I looked around and found a little piece thinking, this could be the thing for when I get old, can't see the linen and have no memory.  I really like it but, it is pricey.  Why I started cross stitch back in the day, because it was cheap....chuckling to myself.
Maybe if I'm lucky, I won't have a problem stitching or maybe I should do what Gladys did. 
When I was in high school, I was a bed maker at a nursing home. There was a little old lady, Gladys who worked on the printed cross stitch pillow cases and dresser scarves.  She had the kind of glasses that really magnify your eyes.  She worked with a darning needle and crochet thread.  When she got mad at you, she would poke you with the darning needle.  Maybe I'll be like Gladys.  

Headed on a road trip to The Stitching Bee today with Katy.  

Keep on Stitching


  1. You might like knitting. might stitch forever! That's my plan :)

  2. Quilting, hooking, punch needle, knitting,

  3. I plan to keep stitching. I now need stronger magnifiers and my hands won't let me stitch for hours without stopping so I just adapt.

  4. I just cannot imagine not being able to cross stitch, so I hope I always will be able to...! Maybe I have to use 6-count aida to see the holes, but at least I would be able to still stitch... Fingers crossed!!