Speeding Up Your Stitching
Let go of perfectionism - 30 seconds at a time.
Do you want to stitch faster? Knit faster? Crochet faster? Weave, stitch, spin faster? There is a secret to it, but you have to let go of perfectionism first.
The secret is... timed challenges. Set a timer for 30 seconds and go as fast as you can for that whole time! Then relax, and go back to your regular pace for a while.
Repeat these sprints regularly, every 15 minutes or so (or whenever you think of it), and eventually your body will start going faster naturally without you noticing.
Why does perfectionism come into it? Because when you push to get faster at anything, the first thing that will happen is that you will make mistakes. The brain and hands have a speed they're used to, and once you have been doing your craft for a while, they can start working on autopilot - until you ask them to speed up. So you'll have to be prepared to take some stitches out.
So what do you do if you want to speed up, but you don't want to screw up your projects? Do your speed sprints on a project you don't care so much about. For knitters or crocheters, this mean keeping a dishcloth on the needles or hook near your favorite chair. For needlepointers or cross stitchers, you could so some speed stitching on a sampler or scrap of fabric/canvas. Spinners can keep a spindle or bobbin just for purposely imperfect yarn.
Do you have to try to speed up? NO! There is no such thing as stitching too slowly! If you're enjoying your craft, then you don't have to change a single thing!
Holiday Countdown 2022
41 crafting days until Christmas and
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Have you ever worked on a project until your hands or shoulders started hurting? Us, too! We've just gotten in a remedy that may give you relief. Knitter's Relief Balm by Chiki is all-natural, with two formulations, one with CBD and one without. Both contain arnica oil and other essential oils known to help with pain relief. Available in a twist-up stick, or in a small travel size (great if you want to give it a trial run).
Hours this week
Spinners & Weavers Meet-Up - Saturday, Nov. 19 from noon-4 pm
Closing at 3 pm the day before Thanksgiving - Wednesday, Nov. 23
Closed on Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, Nov. 24
Black Friday Trunk Show with Zorn Junction - Friday, Nov. 25
In-store and online private lessons are available! Please call 210-979-8255 to schedule a lesson! Wendy, Dawn, Moses, and Nancy are all available to help you with your projects! Private Lessons can also be scheduled outside of regular hours at the discretion of the teacher.
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If you want to try speed-sprint stitching, but you forget to set a timer, no worries! Just do it during the ad break while you're watching your favorite show or listening to your favorite podcast!
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