Yes, you're reading it right, clothes clips. And what do clothes clips have to do with stitching?
I don't use hoops, scroll frames or lap stands. I just stitch in hand and here's how I do it:
With this way of stitching, I can't do without these:
|Mini wooden clips that I bought from the bookstore|
And when I found these at the supermarket, I almost jump with joy. Because it's so hard to find these nowadays. All I see are those plastic clothes clips which I used before but they slip from the fabric.
|Regular-sized wooden clips|
Now what about the styrofoam?...
I use plenty of needles when I cross stitch because I don't like the process of re-threading a needle everytime I change colors. And before, I just stick the needle to the bobbin like this:
Then I saw in the forums that some people use this Pako Needle Organizer
and they said that it's a big help specially when you're dealing with confetti stitches. So, I thought that I will need it when I start doing my HAED (Heaven And Earth) and Golden Kite patterns. But everybody knows how much colors a HAED or Golden Kite chart requires. So, if I will buy this Pako organizer, I would probably need two. And it cost around $20 each. So an idea came to my mind. Instead, I bought this, again, from the book store:
|Styrofoam, 1 inch thick, around $.50|
|Needle organizer for Homebound|
|Morning Lake needle organizer|
I just taped to the styrofoam the symbols page and voila, instant needle organizer. So there, I was able to save around $40 or more. And there's still more to use for future projects.
And last but not the least...another thing that I can't stitch without - my clipboard!
I'm so happy when I found this at the Japanese store. I like that it is bigger than the average clipboard that you can buy from the book stores. Its size is: 15 inches x 11.5 inches.
This is all for now. Thanks for dropping by and happy stitching weekend everyone!