Jul 16, 2012

Stitching Rituals?

What sort of stitching rituals do you have when you sit down to work on your projects?

First, let's define ritual....

rit·u·al  noun.
1.  an established or prescribed procedure for a religious or other rite.

Since stitching isn't a religion (although, I *could* be!), we'll just ignore the religious portion.

I don't really have an established procedure for sitting down to stitch.  I just make sure my hands are clean.  I sit on the sofa out of necessity.  I recently acquired a rocker/recliner that I plan to try out as a stitching chair.  I usually stitch with the TV on.  Lately, it's just for background noise on since there isn't anything worthwhile to watch.  I turn on my stitching lamp and put on mag eyes... are those considered rituals? lol

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Melody said...

I didn't feel like my 'practices' were rituals, either. Until I started listing them and realized how heavily I rely on the same routine each time I stitch. I suppose that makes them rituals, of a sort. Especially since I'm all out of sorts if anything is out of place, lol!

Anne said...

Love it Meari!! I should get out a lamp instead of just putting up with the dimmish lights we have in our living room!!!

Kasey said...

Sounds like a ritual of some sort! ;) Love hearing what others are doing!

Shaunterria Owens said...

I've found myself adding, "Search for something decent to watch, give up, listen to podcasts" to my stitching ritual lately *lol*

Thank you for reminding me I need to buy a pair of mag eyes - the last thing I want is for my eyesight to leave me the way my youth and good looks have ;)


CJ said...

Hi Meari - Great post as usual. We have some similar stitching habits. Thanks for post and connecting me with STNA.

Have a great day.


Sandra said...

Hi Meari! My two cents: stitching may not be a religion, but it's close to meditation, since the brain sets alpha waves just like the ones generated when we're practicing yoga or meditating.

I do have stitching rituals. I listen to audiobooks while stitching, most of the time "A little princess" or "Heidi" (have done it over 20 times this year lol). I need to have a cup of tea and all the project's materials just by my side, neatly arranged... I know it's weird but I'm sticking to my ritualistic behavior lol

Loretta said...

It's interesting how many of us turn the TV on while we stitch but then don't really watch it at all.

Melinda said...

First time visit to your blog - and it is amazing. Loving it. Having so much fun Hopping around.

Anonymous said...

Meari -

I don't think that I have any stitching rituals, I will have to watch what I do and see. Your punch needle looks great! i still haven't tried that. Your JG looks great!