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5 Fun Ways to Use Leftover Thread

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5 Fun Ways to Use Leftover Thread

Once you start embroidery, you inevitably attract embroidery thread to you like one of those rare earth magnets. Friends give it to you, it jumps into your cart at the craft store because, "Oooh! Blue!" and you always have some left over after a project.


Now, it's all fine and dandy to hold onto it for other embroidery designs but if you're like me and your thread is starting to feel like the monster in The Blob, then it's time to get proactive.

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My favorite things to watch and listen while stitching up holiday gifts

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My favorite things to watch and listen while stitching up holiday gifts

It's November. It's November! How is it already November!? Oh my gosh, I have so many gifts to start sewing for the holidays. I'm guessing you're in the same boat. Okay, just breathe. We're going to get through this and we won't even bleed on a piece this year. (Sorry again, new sister-in-law.)

I've been prepping for 'embroidery extravaganza' for a few weeks now and have compiled a list of things to watch and listen to while I sew. This way I don't waste an hour trying to find something every time I sit down.

I thought I'd share my list with you so you can get a good start on your sewing projects as well. So here we go!

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5 Ways to Fight Stress this Holiday Season

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5 Ways to Fight Stress this Holiday Season

This time of year, I start getting stressed. I mean really stressed. Like, my husband fears I'm going to have a mental breakdown and even the cat deigns to let me cuddle her. But this year, I'm on top of it. I found 5 awesome things that, while they don't make me as stress-free as the flannel-clad yogis who float round Portland, at least help me keep my cookies down. 

I know that it's not quite time for you to feel the holiday stress yet (that will come when you get your assigned dishes from Aunt Muriel for Thanksgiving), but it's coming and I want you to be prepared.

So here are my 5 new cool go-to things when all the poo hits the fan.

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Making creativity a habit takes time.

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Making creativity a habit takes time.

I know that you will soon be making a list of possible New Year's Resolutions and that 'Making more stuff' will likely be on that list. Instead of waiting until 2018, why not start now? Then by the time January 1st rolls around, putting aside time for creativity and crafting will already be a habit.

Don't know what to make? Or want a little help keeping on track? Why not join the Super Stitchers' Club? You can get patterns monthly or quarterly, depending on your preference. Since everything you need comes to your door, you won't have to put it off till the next trip to the store. 

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Let's stop pooh-poohing embroidery.

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Let's stop pooh-poohing embroidery.

There's a lot of division in our world right now but the easiest one to mend is between stitchers. It happens nearly every time I attend a craft fair. Someone walks into my booth and tells me that my kits are so simple, they couldn't possibly be bothered to buy them, let alone sew them. Guess what, that's fine! I applaud and am amazed by your skills to sew with a single strand of gold thread. But don't pooh-pooh those who are sewing for meditative reasons, or have never tried it before, or love silly designs over stitching a medieval British tapestry, because it is those people who will be keeping embroidery alive.

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