Tuesday, 25 October 2016

How to polish a rusty cross stitch needle


Polishing a fat rusty cross stitch needle is as simple as ABC
VERY simple. You just put the rusty needle on the rough cement floor and use your shoe to roll it back and forth a few times. And there, your needle is, not bright as a new pin, but almost there.

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!

9 comments:

streetsing said...

Had sewing lessons in primary school too, I was never good at it though:(

streetsing said...

Had sewing lessons in primary school too, I was never good at it though:(

Tienyin Lo said...

Do guys also have sewing? I thought they do some light carpentry stuff.

streetsing said...

Only in secondary school there was woodwork and metalwork classes.Even though I am not good at stitch, I remember I enjoyed it :)

Tienyin Lo said...

Good to know that boys can stitch :)

streetsing said...

Recovered from your flu? No posting for quite a while already :)

Tienyin Lo said...

Hahaha, ya recovered. These days, take much longer to recover from flu :) Haven't been wandering too much of late. Will do so soon, these days are ideal, not too hot and quite breezy.

streetsing said...

Sometimes slow release vitamin C helps to prevent getting flu, especially for me who travels by public transport:)

Tienyin Lo said...

I take tonnes of Vit C... also cannot. I travel a lot using public transport too. Especially now that I get my silver card :)