Jan 13, 2014

Petite I am not

Greetings!  Did you have a nice weekend?  Weather wise we are fine here.  Weight wise, not so good.  I've been watching and doing my 1 mile DVD program, sometimes twice a day, and obviously my miles per pound need to be stepped up quite a bit.  I know it's one of the best things you can do for yourself, but I hate it.  Watching a skinny instructor go faster and faster while talking without taking a breath is not fun either.  I don't expect to get to that point but joining more than two words without that gasping sound would be nice.
I purchased two packs of John James petite needles when I visited the shop and find that my fat fingers and deformed joints have a hard time stitching with them.  I purchased the 24s because they looked so fine and I thought they would be comparable to my 26s.  Nope.  Maybe the shorter length made them look thinner.  I threw out my 28s because I stitch mostly on 30 and 32 with two threads and they seem to stick and shred in that smaller eye.  She told me that my new 40 count would be better with 28 so I have them once again, and she recommended Bohin for working with silks because the eye is very smooth.  I'm using a 26 now and I like it.  The needle's eye seems to be different and I know I brought this up before in a post.  A longer narrower eye makes me think it's a thinner needle and I need to look at the shaft instead of the eye.  Here's my old DMC and Loving Touch (my favorite with the fatter eye - no longer made), Bohin, John James, and Lance. 
 
The Lance needle was included with my Wyndham Needleworks order and you can see it is slightly shorter than the others.  As you know, Wyndham is now PAWS, a non-profit cat/kitten rescue shelter.  Here's what their website says about Lance (12 pack for $4)...
 Lance Needles  -
This size 26 needle is more like a 27 - it's shorter than a regular tapestry needle but has a longer, slightly wider eye, making it easy to thread. The blunt point tapers to a finer end right at the tip -- not quite sharp, but with a bit of a point which makes their needles especially good for stitching on finer counts of linen and for stitching "over one". The ladies at R&R Reproductions recommend it as their favorite!
 
So maybe if you'd like to try these and you can't reach PAWS, you can check with Dyeing to Stitch.  I Googled Lance needles and got zip.
As for 40 count - I did it!  Never imagined I could.  I can't go as fast with the sewing method of stitching as with a lower count, but I can see it (with reading magnifiers) and think I will give it a try.  The Amsterdam blue will be my fabric for the second horse stitch.  I may test a small piece to see if I could slightly darken it, but I'm afraid of losing the slight touch of teal.  The more I mess around with trying to dye or continuing to search, I'll lose interest.  Really, I think this color is as close as I can get to the original.  Size wise, The 32 count would be about 9.5" wide, and if I want a scalloped wall bag, that would be fine. 
 Making it into a wallet or needle case, the 40 would be needed.  I love the look of cases but I don't like part of the stitching being hidden by a fold or roll.  That's why I did my sampler sack instead of the one featured in SANQ.  I took down the link to purchase the chart.  It never fails.  The tag and box designs that I like, no one buys.  Same with this sack.  I love it.  Very few others did!  It could be framed instead, but it just didn't hit the mark with you guys.  That made me question whether anything else I do would be good enough to sell.  I designed it for me, I like long thin marking samplers.  Speaking of thin, that ain't happening unless I get moving.  I'm off to huff and puff!!
Hope you're having a splendid day.
Thanks for visiting!



 



19 comments:

moosecraft said...

I like the Sampler Sack... I also like the finish on Mary Oldfield and Lucy Redd... I also always forget that some blogs have tabs? lol! Anyways, always remember you can always please some people some of the times, but not all people all of the time... you have a great group of admirers!
P.S. I'm not petite either... lol!

Robin said...

Marly, I have some Lance needles I would be happy to share with you. I'm not a fan of the petite needles.

Robin in Virginia

Vickie said...

Well golly! I love the John James Petites. I use them all the time. I do notice sometimes the eyes are not totally smooth though.
I am joining you on the huffing and puffing. I have been getting back on the treadmill. So hard, due to the stupid pain. I am able to do 10 minutes at a time. I do this a few times a day. Not the way I used to walk and walk, but my body cannot hack it any longer.

Elisabetta said...

Really a very interesting post, I used needles DMC, John James but my absolute preferit Bohin are not so much the length of which you speak, sincerely I had never considered but how they flow into the linen. I stitch without frame for me Always on 40 ct with a 28 or 26 and on a 30 ct for my designer with a 24. I like stitching with a 'full-bodied' needle and I already stab my fingers!

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

What a wonderful read :) Your needle comparison is interesting. I hate John James, I think their eyes are not clean and I find they break too. I love Bohin. Never tried the others. But my favorite needle of all is: Piecemakers
and I always use a 26 even on 40 ct. I guess I probably have fat fingers :) I I use 26's on all counts. Interesting read though and now I think I want to try the Lance's.
Your ditty bag is sweet as can be! And I hear you on the exercise. I sort of "skipped" it for the better part of 2.5 weeks and I suffered today when I got on the elliptical. UGH. 20 minutes on there seemed like 120 minutes...and then I walk to and from school twice each day to walk Ellie to and back from school, so that's 2.5 miles of walking every day on top of the elliptical. You'd think that you'd stay in shape but I lost a lot of my stamina by cutting exercise over the holidays. Never again....
Keep it up you will be tip top in no time!

Carolyn said...

Isn't it funny how we all like different things? The only needle I use now is petites, and I have fat fingers. I love them...love them. I haven't tried the Lance needles. I guess I should give them a try. Good for you on the 40 count fabric! I have some in the cabinet but haven't used any yet. My poor eyes are so old and tired, but I need to try it out. Have a great week, and keep on huffin' and a puffin'! :)

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

I just don't have the experience all you ladies have. I use the Bohin needles and since I have nothing to compare them to I am A O K.
I'm back to my 'Aquatic Fitness' group every Monday and Wednesday morning. When I can I add another day or two, but with colder weather it doesn't usually happen. This exercising works great for me as I am overweight, arthritic and have had back surgery 4 years ago. Oh yes, I am retired putting me in the 70ish bracket... By the way, the camaraderie is wonderful too.
Thanks again Marly for sharing this needle stuff.
Peace and Blessings to all,
Barb

Rugs and Pugs said...

I am so impressed that you can stitch on 40 count!!! You go, girlfriend.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Barb said...

Good luck with the 40 count! I might give it a try if you have good luck. I am in a program that strongly suggests 150 minutes of hard walking per week. I try!

Laurie in Iowa said...

I'm so happy to read that you're stitching on 40 ct. linen! You go girl... it's going to get easier and you will be able to do the sewing motion on 40 ct. after you've gotten used to stitching on the higher count.

Laurie in Iowa said...

I'm so happy to read that you're stitching on 40 ct. linen! You go girl... it's going to get easier and you will be able to do the sewing motion on 40 ct. after you've gotten used to stitching on the higher count.

Maggee said...

Yup--it is not that hard to switch over to 40! I think I have done two pieces on it now. But I have done many on 36 in the past year, which is a switch! I used to be a 32 count gal! I like you sack--in fact, I just finished a little piece that I was going to make into a sack, based on your finish! So don't get discouraged... you are inspiring to many of us in blogland! Hugs!

Margaret said...

40ct is the best! Lots of fun to stitch on. I love petite needles -- I have small hands and I so wish my hands were bigger. Ugh.

Karen said...

Please don't stop designing! You are only getting started and I am sure it takes practice. I think the sack was so nice and perfect. Obviously I do because I bought it. Maybe the pounds part of your life is getting mixed in your head with the patterns part of your life! I too am working on exercising and pounds. No changes yet either, except feel a little better and maybe a tiny bit of "spring" in my step! Best wishes-Karen

Karen said...

PS. I am fatter than that nice picture of me at the beach!

Colleen said...

I have only used the petite needles for hand quilting (forget what size they are...10 or 12 maybe??). I don't do much hand quilting anymore. Too tough on the arthritic joints for me..haha.

I love the sack you made and especially the alpha chart :)

I use DMC (26) and tried Mary Arden of England (24) that was at my local shop. The Mary Arden have a huge eye which I liked. They are also long like DMC.

cl said...

I use the John James Petite 26 for two threads on 28 count and one thread on 36 count. And I too am a sewer, not a poker. I think I will try the Bohin and Lance if I can find them.

Mary said...

Marlym, I have never gotten along with those stubby littel petite needles either. They make by whole hand ache! I'm not sure what the needle is I'm using right now, but I hope it lasts forever.

rosek1870 said...

I just don't like those petite needles either. I ordered some and I don't like the feel. I don't like the feel of the gold coated ones either they see to feel like they are dragging through the material. No matter what I do I seem to keep going back to the DMC needles.

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