In a series of letters this week, we will explore what makes us be better stitchers while being productive and gaining enjoyment from our hobby!
At home, you will want to find the best seating arrangement for your stitching so you can work on it as long and as comfortably as possible. It might be hard to believe, but your softest couch isn’t the best choice—after a while, you might fall asleep, or your back might begin to hurt. In this case, turning sideways and resting your feet will slightly improve the situation. But a comfortable chair or armchair with armrests will help you maintain your posture much better as long as you don’t try to tuck your legs under. A small stool or an ottoman would be much more ergonomic for your feet while you stitch away. And to keep comfy, keep a blanket nearby just in case you get chilly.
Crafting often strains the muscles that we don’t normally use for such a prolonged period of time, so to prevent any injury doing what you love, make sure to educate yourself on when to stop, stretch, and exercise some muscles. You can learn more about it from Carson Demers’s new book, Knitting Comfortably. Taking care of yourself ensures that you can work on your stitching whenever you like!