Needleroll exchange on its way

Yippee, there was a cheer of relief today as I returned from the Post Office – into the mail went a chart I’d promised Katrina, as well as my first of two exchanges … my needleroll exchange is winging its way across the oceans. I have to admit, I was really looking forward to doing this one as I know the recipient quite well, but it took me a while to work out what I wanted to stitch. All-in-all, though, when it was finished I was pretty pleased with it – with any luck the recipient will like it too 😀

Nothing else to report, really … I still have to do the final touches to the finishing of my redwork exchange – after my 6am shifts last week I was too mentally exhausted to attempt it, but it should hit the mailbox by Monday afternoon as I’m working all day Saturday and from 6pm-2am on Sunday night … but that leaves me most of Sunday to put the final touches on it. I’ve never ever attempted this sort of finishing before, so I’m a teensy bit panicked about it, but hopefully I’m worrying for nothing!

I’ll finish this short post with the SBQ … Today’s SBQ was suggested by Anna M and is:

“What do you keep your WIPs and other stitching supplies in when traveling?”

I have some tote bags made out of calico that Mum made for me, or use a plastic folder either with a ‘zipper’ glider on the top or with a flap and press-stud closure. At the moment I’ve got a pile of the plastic folders on top of my books in my bookcase, which is right next to my stitching chair, and they house all my WIP’s I’m stitching on at home (I don’t honestly have travelling WIP’s that often as I drive to work, and don’t have the time to stitch at work that often).

This week’s SBQ was suggested by Carolyn and is:

“How do you share your finished pieces with others? Do you frame them, scan and/or photograph them, or do you have another method that you would like to share?”

I wish I could afford to get everything framed, but that’s just not an option – I am starting to think about finishing alternatives to framing, though, such as quilted wallhangings etc. I blog about any finishes I’ve had, and always scan them or take a photo and keep an electronic record. I keep a Webshots album that I keep relatively up-to-date, plus I keep a printed record in a ringbinder. I print a copy of the photo/scan plus info on the chart/designer, who it was stitched for, when it was started/completed, and any notes that might be of interest. In case you haven’t seen it before, here’s an example of one of the pages.

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7 thoughts on “Needleroll exchange on its way

  1. Hi Anne! It’s always a relief to send an exchange on its way to the recipient. Can’t wait to see the needleroll! Guess what? I stitched ‘A Cat for Anne’ for my mother YEARS ago! She still has it hanging up. 🙂

  2. You really should think about doing your own framing on some pieces. It is not so hard once you learn some basics. i would be glad to help you learn. I also love to do my “frames” with fabric and dowels to stiffen them.

  3. I’m looking forward to seeing the needlerolls! I like the way you print and document your stitching. I keep all of the info in a Word document and the pictures are separate. It would be nice to get them together, wouldn’t it? :o)

  4. A sigh of relief from across the Tasman too – I’ve just finished my needleroll. It seemed to take forever! 🙂 Looking forward to seeing your stitching – I’m sure it’s lovely.

  5. I like your idea of a printed record to keep track of finished projects. But I guess my webpage does that as well!

    Look forward to seeing your needleroll!–>

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