Aug 17, 2013

What's the point?

Sharp as hell, that's what.  Hiya.  I'm bringing up needles again.  I haven't rid the drawer of all the different sizes in my attempt to simplify just yet.  There has been a kitchen table in front of that spool cabinet for over a month, so I'm using the variety of sizes and brands found in my pinkeeps. 
 Let me tell you, this one can be a really nasty prick.  I had little bleeding thumb pricks from a very sharp eye, and now found one with the point end doing the same.  Being purchased over 20 years ago I have no idea the brand.    Here's a close-up of the pricker (left) and good girl (right).   I thought all embroidery needles had blunt tips, but this one is definitely a sharp. 
 I kept having trouble with the needle splitting the linen threads but it wasn't until it found its way into flesh that I realized why.  Yikes. 
I first thought it might be the linen itself causing the problem. You can see that not only is the bottom thread split, but the upper stitch is also.  I use the sewing method when stitching and move along pretty quick so maybe some of it is my fault, but I've never had this happen so frequently and easily. 
I felt no resistance when the needle was violating that weave.  My thumb holds the floss away from the next stitch and kind of guides the needle.  Rarely does the needle end up under my nail but this one would certainly cause a whimper.  Into the trash it goes. 
 I probably shouldn't mention this because my husband thinks I'm nuts, but here goes.  Years ago, there was a large starving and injured dog found in the local garbage dump, eating what it could find.  Well, I don't care what animal may be foraging, I wrap duct tape around the needles, secure them to styrofoam or cardboard, wrap it again, to make sure it doesn't get into a morsel of food scraps.  Same with glass, fish hooks, anything small and sharp.  OK, so I may go overboard but suffering animals rip my guts out and I don't want to be responsible for inflicting even more.  When I discarded my old straight pins, I put them in a plastic box and wrapped tape around several times.  After approaching those Amish women in the parking lot to offer them my quilting supplies and needles, I thought it best to not do that again so I threw them out.
I finished the cardinal and will show it off next time.
Thanks for visiting - enjoy the weekend.


Vickie said...

Thanks Marly. I can't believe I didn't think about the danger of my thrown out needles.

C. M. Designs said...

You have the right idea Marly. All kinds of animals are injured, trapped or strangled by trash that someone didn't care to dispose of in the safe way.
The plastic things that hold cokes and other soft drinks together should be cut apart.. Ducks and other birds get them around their necks and would have to live like that forever.
Good for you !
Charlotte in Va.

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

OMG Marly, this is such a good and thoughtful lesson. I suffer and hurt more when I hear about animals injured and being abused than I do about people. My thought is that "they are at our Mercy". I will for sure dispose of my needles in a safer manner from now on for the animals sake. People can look out for themselves. I know I am sounding harsh but that is how I feel!

Enjoy the day with much Peace,

cucki said...

Aww thank you dear .
Hugs x

Shirlee said...

I must have missed the Amish women story. Could you fill me in? I agree about people who neglect/abuse animals. Sigh!

Three Sheep Studio said...

I never thought about a proper way to discard needles.
I am very glad you brough this up !
Very good "point" ! ;)

Bertie said...

So true, sharps split linen. Why not keep all your needles, one day they will be antique's! Or put them with your cans for recycling, I am a recycling fan-)
Careful with your sharps Marly:) Have a splendid Sunday.

Pam in IL said...

I don't feel so strange now that I know others also tape up their sharps when disposing of them. Thanks for sharing that!!

Anne said...

Hmm, never thought of discarding needles like you do but that makes sense completely. I actually have yet to throw out my needles as the old ones are sitting in a needle book on the bruised and used side. I will have to duct tape them if I chuck them out.

Cricket-bug Corner said...

I use Fons and Porter gold eye quilting needles - they are sharp! When the gold fade I toss it. I buy them at Joanns!

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

I never would have thought about animals getting at things like the needles...thanks for the reminder ...Jan

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