Have you guys been enjoying the hand stitching tip + trick blog hop? Fabulous, right?? So much good info and eye candy as well. In case you missed the other stops, here is the list so you can visit the other artists and show them some love. Each one is also giving away a copy of my book, The Hand Stitched Surface, so there are several chances to get your hands on it!

Monday July 9 – Lisa Chin

Tuesday July 10 – Ana Sumner

Wednesday July 11 – Lyric Montgomery Kinard

Thursday July 12 – Libby Williamson

Friday July 13 – Allison Aller

 

And now we are here at the end of the tour and I have my most favorite tip to share with you. It’s a simple one and you might think “Really? That’s it?” but trust me on this one, it’s a game changer.

I love a good stitching marathon. Nothing is more snuggly to me then settling onto the couch after a long day with a good binge of bad TV and a project that is begging to be stitched to death. I’ve just started a series of small pieces focusing on improv stitching. Here is the first one (it’s still a work in progress):

 

My tip is that when you embark on hours of stitching, ditch the regular chenille needle and instead employ the use of a 3″ doll needle. Here’s the difference in needle length:

 

What this allows you to do is hold the needle with more than just your forefinger and thumb. So it’s a bit of more natural gripping action which causes less stress on your hands and fingers. You can find these needles at craft stores or pick them up here on Amazon. This is the brand that I use:

 

So that’s my tip! Let me know if you give them a try and if you think it makes a difference. 

And since this hop is also a party, I have something extra to add to my giveaway. In addition to a copy of The Hand Stitched Surface, I’m giving away a set of my current thread collection with Aurifil, Bohemian Bliss.

 

But that’s not all! I’m giving away TWO SETS of book + thread and all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post to get into the drawing! Leave a comment here by July 28, 2018 and I’ll announce the winners on Monday July 30, 2018. Get commenting! 🙂