I am not sure at all about exchange rates, but here I pay about .45 per skein of DMC floss. If I order online it's about .33 per skein. But I like to visit the lady that owns the shop here, so that's worth .45 a skein.
Another thing.....I"M NOT WORTHY. Ifeel like a crossstitch worm compared to alot of you ladies But I must say that I have learned alot by reading your posts, thank you so so much.
One day I may get brave and post a picture of my work in progress....yeah right!
Some of these pieces I may be able to get done, oh, say, in my next reincarnation.
I guess now would be a good time to curl up with my new addition, (Archie, the Manchester terrier) and get busy and stop my whinning
First ... Your ARE worthy! (you are a stitcher, so of COURSE you are worthy!)
(repeat after me): I am worthy, I am worthy, I am worthy, I am worthy, I am worthy, I am worthy, I am worthy,....
Second.. it's not all about speed.. it's all about de-stressing, being creative, having FUN and enjoying stitching.
.. you do that right? ... good! soooo.. come on .. dust off your camera and get a photo onto here for us to see
We LOVE to see people stitching !
For every power stitcher here there are probably 10 ( heck.. more like 100) like you who sit and lurk and who wonder that we power stitchers are insanely fast (or just outright insane)
Start a " More Relaxed Stitcher" support thread HERE.. NOW.... doesn't matter how slow progress is.. " progress" is the relevant word, just keep plugging along. It doesn't MATTER if you are taking longer, just have FUN doing it and remember .. it's your love and care and joy stitched into your peice as well (and in my case, some long hair is probably snagged in there somewhere too LOL)
We will encourage EVERYONE stitching an amazing SQ piece... so come on...
...post us a photo and even if it's a year from now , we'd LOVE to see an update on progress so that we can give you a big round of aplause and a standing ovation when you finish it in the future !
Here's a strange bit about me... I actually like seeing the Work-in-Progress-Photos more than just one of the finished product ( I know.. i'm wierd) Some how it is nice to know that heaps of other stitchers are plodding along getting a few stitches in week by week or month by month or year by year...just like me.
So... even if it's the only photo you post here all year, PLEASE get a pic of your work-in-progress here and make my day !
I do relax while I stitch, really I do. I just moved into a new house with a very large front porch, and recently we have had very nice weather, so I have been taking my frame and stand outside to stitch.
From someone who is predicting her SQ design will take 12-15 years to complete, speed is relative. Until I started doing ornaments and other small gift-type stitching a couple of years ago, all of my projects have been counted in years! Of course, I do seem to be drawn to the big and/or difficult ones....
So long as you have a passion for what you are doing, the rest is immaterial. There's only 2 rules in stitching - thread goes through needle, needle goes through fabric! The rest is up to interpretation, and can change frequently with no warning And if anybody tells you otherwise, well then, :b~~~~~~~~ to them!
Just as an added thought:
Years ago, when my kids were very small and I didn't get to stitch very often - certainly not daily like now - I would get discouraged because some pieces never felt like I was getting anywhere. What has really helped me, and actually fueled my stitching a LOT, is taking regular progress pictures of my work. At first, when it was suggested to me by some of my online friends, it seemed kind of vain, but once I started to actually see the progress from week to week in the pictures, it really inspired me to keep going - and in keeping on, I have done a LOT more in the last few years than all the years before combined.
If you don't have an online gallery or website to post pictures, I highly recommend one. So you might think you are slow, because as you are working on a piece, you may not actually see how far you've come - but once you put a pic next to what you had before, you can really amaze yourself! You sometimes need to distance yourself from it to get the full affect & appreciation!