|Polishing a fat rusty cross stitch needle is as simple as ABC|
There used to be needlework classes way back during my primary school days. (Not sure whether they still have them? Guess not.)
My first cross stitch lesson was an awful mess and my crosses ended up getting a BIG cross from the teacher.
I just couldn't grasp how to stitch that cross -- even after the teacher had demonstrated several times. We were each given thick threads and fat needles, and a small piece of cross stitch cloth. The teacher was exasperated and sort of slam the cloth over my head (not very hard) and said "Why are you so stupid?" (That teacher had a good reputation for being stern, strict but good.)
Back home, Mum showed me how to do those stitches. And soon, I became a whiz kid at it. Taking patterns from a table cloth at home, Mum and I worked out a splendid design that no one had in class. It was selected, among other good pieces, to grace the seats of tiny wooden stools (done by the boys) -- and exhibited at the end of term!
But the polishing of the needle back to its original health, was something my good old classmate taught me. What a great trick!