Scarlet Quince News July 2004
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July 2004
Dear stitching friends,
Our forum posting contest winner this month is Christine Flynn. She chose "The Young Gardener - G. D. Leslie" as her prize.

Our forum contest will run one more month, so be sure to get in there and post! All you have to do is register and post in our forums. Each post counts as one contest entry. The winner of the drawing may select any of our patterns as his/her prize!

The Young Gardener
Reasons to Stitch (did you need a reason?)

Needlepoint designer Joanne Nestor has written about the benefits of stitching. For example, gazing at certain colors can be therapeutic (you've probably noticed we like lots of color). Stitching also seems to have a beneficial effect on the blood pressure. No wonder, since stitching often induces a meditative, almost Zen-like state of mind. And you may have noticed that your problems magically seem to solve themselves when you take your conscious mind off them - doing needlework uses a different part of the brain, leaving those problem-solving parts free to work away. So in addition to the satisfaction you receive from creating a beautiful piece of work, the process itself is beneficial. You can share these gifts by teaching someone else to stitch. It could be a very good deed!

Read the whole article at the Smiling Sheep website.

Tip: Mark Your Page Boundaries
When you begin stitching one of our patterns, we suggest that you start in the top left corner (this will be page 1 of your chart). As you stitch along, eventually you'll come to the right edge of the chart page. If the color you're stitching carries across to page 2 (in the same row), stitch across the page boundary. (If you completely finish page 1 before you start page 2, there will be a vertical "seam" in your work.)

Some rows will change color at the page boundary. But sooner or later you'll want to fill in those parts of page 2 and finding your place when there are two pages going can be confusing. Renee Rees of Shakopee, Minnesota suggests that you put a vertical line of basting into your fabric to mark the page boundary. You don't have to do this until you actually come to the boundary -- no need to count stitches on your blank fabric. The basting can be pulled out as you stitch across it. We've found this incredibly helpful in finding our place. Thanks, Renee!
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