Sunday, March 9, 2014
Magnetic Clip for Needlework
There was a thread recently on a message board that I frequent regarding using needle minders when you are cross stitching or doing other needlework. I don't have a needle minder, but they are two-piece items with magnets on both parts so the minder (usually decorative) kind of "sticks to" your fabric. The minder provides a safe place to park your needle while you are working, so that you aren't leaving stray needles in chair arms for another family member to accidentally find (not that I would know anything about that).
Well, I do not use a real needle minder, but I wanted to share what I do use, because it is effectively the same thing. I use clips that are sold as food storage items -- you're supposed to use them to keep bags of chips closed, etc. And I assure you, they are great for that. BUT these clips also have strong round magnets on the back, because they are intended to stuck to the fridge for easy use while you're in the kitchen. That magnet makes them PERFECT for needlework, too, because the magnet acts as a needle minder!
I bought the clips at my grocery store and they came in a set of 6, with multiple bright colors. Here is a picture of the orange one, in use:
As you can see from both of the photos, I use a hoop when I cross stitch, and I roll up the extra fabric around my design and I simply clip it to the edge of the hoop with one of the magnetic clips. I face the magnet part toward me, because then I can use it just like a needle minder -- as a super convenient place to park my needle while I answer the phone or grab another cup of coffee. Because the clips are meant for kitchen use, they open up quite wide. That's perfect, because I know that some people use hair clips to clip excess fabric onto their hoop, but a lot of hair clips just don't open up wide enough. These clips do!
So, just wanted to share this little tidbit with my stitching friends. I don't know exactly what brand these clips are, as I bought them some time ago and then "re-purposed" a few for my craft area. But, I'm sure there are other, similar clips that would work fine. The real point is just to recommend that if you're looking for clips to hold needlework, don't forget to check out the kitchen department. You may just find the perfect clip and needle minder in one!!
P.S. Update on the fruit fly situation. We are now on the THIRD dish of vinegar solution -- I leave the dish out for a few days and see what we get. I got 25 or so fruit flies in the first few days, another 22 the second few days, and there are at least 10 more in the dish that is currently on the counter. The moral of this story is, if you have a fruit fly problem like we did, there are probably A LOT MORE OF THEM in your house than you ever suspected!! I plan to keep a dish of the vinegar solution out until we have no dead fruit flies after 48 hours. And yeah, it's still really gross.