In my part of the world we say you are a fool if your passion for a pursuit overcomes all practical sense. I am a stitching fool, and I stitch foolishness.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Essentials for Needlework

Occasionally someone will start a thread on things that are essential for needlework.

I usually snort and say, "A needle, of course."

I have that.

What I don't have are my magnifiers and a pair of scissors.

Which are also essential, if I'm going to stitch.

I am sitting in a hotel room, on a business trip.  I brought only one project with me since I'm here only one night. I very carefully made sure I had the complete instructions and the thread card in my travel tote.  I did not check to make sure that the scissors that are supposed to live in the travel tote were still there.  The scissors case I made for them is there. The little leather sheath that keeps the points of the scissors from poking through the scissors case I made for them is there.  The scissors are not there.

And I've dumped everything out to see if there is a crevice in this bag that I didn't know about.

There isn't.

My magnifiers are sitting by my chair at home because I was using them right before I went to bed.  As soon as I crawled into bed last night, I thought I should go back downstairs and put them in the travel tote.  Then I thought, brilliantly, that that would be the very last thing in the world that I could possibly forget to do before I left in the morning.

With my usual incredible brilliance, I forgot.

A couple of years ago, I was in the same location. That time I forgot the instructions for the project I was doing. I went out and bought a silk embroidery kit so I'd have something to do (it was the only thing I could find at the big box craft store that wasn't cross stitch on aida which I have never liked using and don't intend to start now).  This time, I have already taken a shower. I have on my nightie. I have the pillows plumped up just the way I want them. I have everything I need to work on my project.

Except scissors and a way to see the stitches.

I think I'll read instead.


  1. I feel for you! I keep a spare pair of magnifiers in my purse at all times. And a foldup pair of scissors. :) So sorry you forgot your tools. Hope your book is a good one!

  2. I have done the same thing on more than 1 occasion. Glad you brought a book!

  3. Hi Ann,

    So sorry!

    How about surfing needlework blogs?
    You can catch up on your blog reading or explore for your next projects???

    Windy Meadow

  4. How frustrating. Maybe some needlework shopping?

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  6. A very clever post but a very sad situation. I feel for you since I have been in the same boat a time or two. You could work your way around having no scissors but since I am blind as a bat without my magnifier I know you can't work your way around that. Hopefully you will either be returning home soon or there is a needlework shop close by where you can find something to help you.

  7. Book was actually very good--so good I stayed up way too late reading it--so all was not lost!

    And Dearly Beloved found the missing scissors while I was gone. He had . . .er . . ."borrowed" them.

    But I am getting a second set of stitching glasses that will stay with me at all times.

  8. Bummer! Been there and done that.

  9. Poor Ann.

    I too feel for you....perhaps you could keep an emergency needlework kit in your purse.