Tuesday, July 30, 2013

10 Minute Tip

Prepare a Handwork Basket
(or re-stock one!)

This week's tip is one that I am so glad I've been practicing lately. Having mom in the hospital for such a long time has been so stressful (for me...I can't imagine what it's like for her!) But I have brought along some hand stitching and been so surprised at how comforting needle and thread can be. Not only have I had the nice distraction of stitching, but it's been such a lovely connection to so many people! I can't count how many nurses, therapists, and hospital workers have stopped to admire my work and ask about it. We are able (if only for a few minutes) to talk about something that is precious to us. Something that we have in common through family members or friends (other than medications, surgery, therapy, and medical talk). And there's the added bonus that I've actually gotten a lot done! I added little antennae to all 40 of my butterfly blocks! Now I'm going to prep a quilt top for hand quilting and my next hospital visit just might produce quite a few more stitches.

Now go re-stock your handwork basket with needles, thread, and whatever else you need so that's it is ready when you are!

Enjoy every stitch!


  1. I keep my hexi basket ready and it rides with me all the time where ever I may go when I knwo I will be abel to grab a few minutes of stitchin.

  2. I was in a similar situation last year, and having my stitching with me was a wonderful distraction. Glad to hear you have got lots done.

  3. Oh absolutely a great tip. I know it takes time to do the prep work, but the benefits are that you're always ready to go when you most need it!

  4. Such great advice! I keep a survival bag of hand work and a book at all times in my car. You never know when you are going to get stuck some where with free time and need something to work on as a distraction from your situation or life!


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