Tuesday, May 15, 2012

STNA's Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop #2 To Stand or Not To Stand

Stitching the Night Away Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop
This week's question:
Do you use a stand when you stitch? If so, tell us about it and share pictures if you’ve got them. If not, would you like to try using a stand? Do you have any tips or tricks around using a stand versus not using a stand?
I do not use a stand and I never have.  I know most people have a favorite chair where they sit to stitch, but I dont stitch in a chair.  Because our apartment is so small and my daughter keeps moving in and out, we dont have much furniture in the living room.  My husband and I have gotten into the habit of using our bedroom as the living area.  So, I only stitch while in bed.  I have a breakfast tray that I set my scissors, floss, etc on.  I have a metal board and easel that hold my chart, and a clip on magnifying lamp.
My stitching set up from the front
 I have also picked up the habit of stitching in hand, so there are no scroll rods, q-snaps, hoops, etc to put on any kind of stand.  My cats were always crawling onto my q-snaps and stretching my fabric and getting hair all over the project.  This way it's just in a little pile that I can stuff into my project bag quick and easy.  I keep my ort jar on my bedside table so it's easy to drop them in as I stitch.  It has also become a catch-all for my necklaces and notes from my daughter.
Close up of my stitching set up...ignore the cat print on the lamp.
Maybe someday when we get a bigger place or less children coming back home all the time I'll get a nice big, comfy chair with a floor stand. For now, this is what fits my lifestyle.
Close up of my ort jar/necklace holder/note from daughter
 holder on the bedside table.
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  1. Wow you are so organized! I take uup lots of space when I stitch; the whole couch.

  2. Did you submit your link to the blog hop? I don't see it on the list.

    Your stitching set up looks great. Thanks for sharing photos. :) When I lived in the apt, I usually stitched in bed, too. I didn't have as nice a setup as you do though!

  3. In our old apartment I had a similar bedroom stitching setup with my previous lap stand (It's even in the picture on my about page I still carry my stuff to the bedroom every now and then, it's a nice comfy place to stitch when I want to stretch my legs out a little bit.

  4. I know what you mean about not having much room - I have colonized a small part of the couch as my designated stitchy space. It has taken some doing, but I have trained all the kids and the cats to leave my stuff alone under the treat of serious scolding :)