What happens when you don’t stitch

I still don’t feel like stitching, and have no urge to pick up a needle yet … I do, however, have the urge to do some organising of my stitching ‘stash’ in the computer!

Years ago I started scanning the JCS Christmas ornie magazines, and started creating a library of sorts within Microsoft Word. It basically has a thumbnail of each year’s ornaments listed by designer, and the details of the ornie along with magazine issue (year), scanned thumbnail and ornie title. I originally started doing this when I was going to do a personal challenge, ie stitching one ornament by every single designer that has been published – now this was a number of years ago, and there weren’t as many designers as there are today, but I still never did get very far with that challenge. I thought it would make me stitch some designs I’d never really looked at before, as often ornies are much better in real life than in the magazine … it was a good idea at the time ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyway, seeing as I wasn’t feeling up to stitching and I felt like getting a numb butt in front of the PC for a while, I scanned the 2010 magazine and updated the various pages with the latest ornies.

It’s really nice to flick through the pages for visual inspiration, and it helps to find an ornie quickly when you get that sudden urge to stitch a specific one. It might be a lot of work once a year, but it sure is worth it! ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s a little sample of what a page looks like – alas, I’ve never been able to track down the 1999 issue, so that one is missing … but otherwise I have every year from 1997 to 2010 ๐Ÿ˜€

7 thoughts on “What happens when you don’t stitch

  1. What a smart idea!

    I think sometimes that fondling the stash and looking through it, is just as much fun as stitching and/or having a finish! It must be something to do with the anticipation ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Oh yes, Rowyn is perfectly right. From time to time I go through all my magazines, too, and I add all the designs that I love to my stash list on the computer. It’s quite similar to yours. And it’s pure fun to do so, lol.

  3. I just have one word…..Bento. I’m in love with Bento. It’s a database application for Macs and I currently have my entire sewing pattern catalogue in it but of course, I could easily do the stitching catalogue too, including mags! Next time you come over (& we must organise something soon), I can show you it’s gorgeousness.

  4. What a lovely idea, even if you don’t reach your target of stitching them all you can still browse the list.

    I’ve just been doing a similar thing with the Xmas charts from Mirabilia and L&L. My target is to stitch them all eventually.

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