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kmcecelia
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Location: St. Paul, MN
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3:57 pm Nov 04, 2009

Hi, everybody,

I'm brand-new to SQ; just discovered the site late last week and couldn't believe the patterns. I'm so tired of cutesy sayings, cats and flowers all bundled together! Dimensions Gold Collection was my compromise; I wish I'd seen this one a lot sooner Very Happy

Anyway, I'm in the seemingly-rare category of serious cross stitch fans under 40. I would say under 30, but I won't be there myself after next August Smile Anyone else out there in that age group?

I could use some suggestions on basic time-management and stitching; I'm in my first year of law school, and have several projects to finish for my sister (just got married two weeks ago) and relatives (4 exactly) before I start on the three SQ projects I couldn't help buying. I only work on one at a time (helps keep me sane, and nothing would get done otherwise); any ideas for making continual progress? I've been limited to weekends so far, but my progress has been correspondingly slow.

Sorry about the length, and great to meet you all! Kathleen
sverzino
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Joined: 26 Oct 2006
Posts: 88
Location: St. Louis, MO
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5:10 pm Nov 04, 2009

Welcome! Does it count if I USED to be that young and stitched? What about if I still believe I'm young in my mind!? Rolling Eyes I'm actually 40 but was an active stitcher in my 20's like you. Now I have different time constraints: work full time, husband & 3 kids (9, 7 & 4). My mode of operende is to do whatever I can do. It's my zen thing to relax. So even 20 mins. a night or every other night, adds up to results (eventually). In the past I've had deadlines & noticed it did take some of the fun/relaxing out of the stitching. So now I plan enough ahead of time! (ex. Christmas stockings were started in May/June). Good luck! You'll find a routine that works for you.
kmcecelia
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Location: St. Paul, MN
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5:18 pm Nov 04, 2009

Sure, that counts too! Thanks for the encouragement. Tough going now that I have the other projects on the way. Somehow the process itself relaxes me. . . don't know why, when mistakes certianly don't!

Any other "young at heart" stitchers out there? Happy to meet any and all Smile

Kathleen
BarBaraPrz
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8:01 pm Nov 04, 2009

quote:
Originally posted by kmcecelia

Any other "young at heart" stitchers out there? Happy to meet any and all Smile

Kathleen

I've been stitching since childhood, even to the point of doing it at recess in grade school!
rifestitch
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Location: North of Atlanta
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8:46 pm Nov 04, 2009

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Originally posted by kmcecelia
Any other "young at heart" stitchers out there? Happy to meet any and all Smile

Kathleen


I was a 20-something when I started cross stitch. I'll be 42 next week Smile And I work full time, have two boys, 12 & 16, both on travel soccer teams, one of which I also manage and my DH coaches the other one. We play soccer 11 1/2 months a year! It's a wonder I get anything done at all. BUT the secret to my success is ROTATION! You can flip through the forum - I probably have a "couple" of posts about it - or check out my websites - I post a weekly update with pictures every Monday Smile

Welcome to the forum! Hope to talk to you often! And don't believe what anyone says about me and long posts.... It's simply not true! Twisted Evil
kmcecelia
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Location: St. Paul, MN
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8:59 pm Nov 04, 2009

Wow, you both have me beat by a mile! I never embroidered at recess--wish I'd thought of it, though. Probably would have been a lot more fun! So glad to meet you all (though I'll reserve judgement on long posts until I can make an 'informed judgement' Very Happy

I think I'll try doing maybe 20 min. a day (longer on the weekends, of course!). Hopefully that will relieve my mind enough to help me concentrate a bit better on the work I have to do for school!

Kathleen
emmadragon
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Joined: 07 Aug 2009
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Location: Huncote, Leicester, England
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4:11 am Nov 05, 2009

Hi Kathleen,
I just turned 34 in September, and I've been stitching for as long as I can remember. I work full time and I find that stitching in the evenings helps me both relax, and stay awake (I have a very bad habit of snoring on the sofa if I'm not doing anything except watching TV). Rolling Eyes
If you go back through the posts, as I did when I first joined (whiled away the boring hours at work), you'll see that I have a very bad habit of starting things and then not meeting deadlines, so I'm really not even going to start offering advice on that. Rife, however, has plenty of really good advice, and is not afraid to share it! Wink Seriously, she is really, really helpful, as is everyone else on here. They've really helped me pull through my present difficult project.
On your other post, you asked about frames and hoops - I don't work anything without some sort of frame. I prefer a scroll frame, but there are some things that are too big and I have to use a hoop for. Even if it's a teensy piece of fabric, I sandwich it into a card cutout with masking tape so that there's at least a little bit of tension.
Keep at it - I find having something I really, really want to do waiting makes me get on with the project in hand quicker.
Stitching
kmcecelia
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Location: St. Paul, MN
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2:08 pm Nov 05, 2009

Hi Emma! I saw your post about being new just the other day. Your project for your grandparents sound absolutely amazing! I've never tried to make my own pattern.
Thanks for the encouragement--this first semester is turning out to be a bit rockier than I thought (it's been 7 years at least since I was last in school), and cross stitching can be both a welcome relaxer and means of excape AND a distraction. Oops! Crying or Very sad
Really looking forward to my first SQ patterns arriving late this week/early next--motivation to finish the gifts I owe everyone so I can start on them! I ordered "Kissing the Face of God," "The Gleaners" and "The Angelus." I might eventually do the last two for my church--they hold a silent auction each year. I think the other will eventually go to my new goddaughter--she's expected to arrive in March, so I have a good 18 years before it has to be done Smile
Kathleen[/u]
Lani
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Location: The Woodlands, Texas
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5:32 pm Nov 05, 2009

Hi, Kathleen! Welcome to SQ. I wish I found this site a lot sooner too! I am a just-barely under 40 stitcher. Time management is the tough part. I have gotten to the point that I can't really watch TV without stitching, so most of my shows are heard-but-not-seen! Wink I never did stitch during recess, but I try to stitch at lunch. It helps to take the stress away from the first half of the work day. Laughing

Lani
Divecat
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8:49 am Nov 06, 2009

Hi Kathleen

I am 44 and I only started stitching 5 yrs ago, a year after I was made redundant - yes, it took that long for my creative juices to start flowing after having it bashed out of me by 10 years in the call centre business.

Welcome to the world of SQ and happy stitching!

Best wishes - Christine x
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