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Anniebach Sun 27-Jan-19 15:30:39

I have to finally give up cross stitching, arthritis in hands and low vision. I am sooo bored. Thought of tapestry , wool much thicker and canvas have much larger holes, but -
Have looked on line , saw cushions and some kits which seem to be cotton threads .
Would tapestry be kinder to hands and can someone recommend a site selling tapestry kits
Thank you

SueDonim Sun 27-Jan-19 15:32:26

My mum is 91 and arthritic so she now does some large-hole cross stitch. I'll try and find a link to the kind of things she does,

SueDonim Sun 27-Jan-19 15:36:33

Some here. The long stitch ones look great!

M0nica Sun 27-Jan-19 15:40:38

How about knitting? Wool and needles come in all sizes and thicknesses and will probably be more suitable for athritic hands than tapestry, which requires you to use, even at its largest, quite a fine needle.

Anniebach Sun 27-Jan-19 15:44:36

Can’t manage knitting MOinca , needles too difficult to hold

paddyann Sun 27-Jan-19 15:54:52

crochet? My husbands late Granny had the most awful arthritis in her hands they were all twisted with it.She loved to crochet and seemed to manage very well even with the state her hands were in.She used to crochet small blankets for the SCBU's near to her ,did small squares and then sewed them together.They were lovely and much appreciated by the staff and the parents who all took one home with them when baby left hospital

Anniebach Sun 27-Jan-19 16:59:10

I cannot master crochet, have spent ages following instructions for left handlers on uTube,

I didn’t know Anchor did tapestry with wool, one more question please, is tapestry done cross stitch or half stitch ?

Chewbacca Sun 27-Jan-19 17:03:32

Half cross Annie nd usually on 10 hpi canvas, so quite large holes to get the tapestryneedle through and easier to see that aiada fabric for silk/cotton threads. Herman have a huge selection of different projects and their kits come fully complete with fabric, will, needle and charts. Here's a link....

Chewbacca Sun 27-Jan-19 17:04:35

linky link didn't work....

Anniebach Sun 27-Jan-19 17:18:52

Thank you Chewy, thank you all x

CocoPops Sun 27-Jan-19 21:57:14 Have lovely wool tapestries.

Anniebach Sun 27-Jan-19 22:12:43

Thank you cocopops I had a peep and thought the list of sizes was in feet, I only had new specs last week !
Noticed a woman stitching and not using a hoop, even more sure I will try tapestry , bigger needle, thicker thread , no hoop, bliss, I can have a break from Killer Sudoku. I am lost without stitching .

Nanagem Sun 27-Jan-19 22:33:06

I like to do tapestry, I do find it’s better on a frame though to keep the shape. I have mine on a stand so it’s easy to use, will try and find some links for you.

Anniebach Sun 27-Jan-19 22:40:26

Thank you Nanagem , everyone is so kind x

Nanagem Sun 27-Jan-19 22:41:38 This is the sort of thing I was thinking of.

These are good too.

GrandmaKT Sun 27-Jan-19 22:47:27

I sometimes pick up tapestry kits on Ebay Annie. People sometimes start one, but find it isn't for them and you can find them cheaper. They are pretty expensive otherwise. (Having said that, I have been on my current project - which is just a cushion cover for about 3 years now, so I suppose you could say that's good value for money! grin

SueDonim Sun 27-Jan-19 22:50:04

Some of these are cotton but they use thick yarn. You could do a Christmassy one and claim to be getting ahead for Christmas 2019! grin

Jalima1108 Sun 27-Jan-19 23:37:39

I think knitting is quite difficult if you have arthritis in your hands, M0nica, I know a few people who have had to give up.
Tapestry sound as if it might be possible - perhaps you could buy a very small kit first of all to try it out.

RosieLeah Mon 28-Jan-19 06:29:03

Annie I advise you to use a frame for your tapestry, otherwise it will get distorted.

Marilla Mon 28-Jan-19 08:16:42

I am a complete beginner in all matters of sewing crafts.
What is a long stitch tapestry and is it easier than cross stitch? I have found the canvas in some cross-stitch kits to be very rough.

Anniebach Mon 28-Jan-19 08:25:11

Thank you all x

Will have to think again, I don’t have room for a floor stand or table stand, sorry , you have been so helpful x

Nanagem Mon 28-Jan-19 09:07:05 I have started weaving, using a table loop, but you could try something like this small tapestry loom, go on pin interest or amazon and have a look.

Anniebach Mon 28-Jan-19 09:14:59

Gosh what lovely work Nanagen, I will look for a small tapestry loom, I really want a hobby , have never been without craft work since I was 14

Thank you x

Nanagem Mon 28-Jan-19 09:39:05

I’m very new to weaving, but like you, I have always had some craft work on the go, couldn’t cope without my knitting and sewing. Love weaving, but the frame is big, and takes a lot to warp don’t think you would manage it, no offence, but a small lap loom for tapestry weaving could be the way to go.

Anniebach Mon 28-Jan-19 10:14:32

No offence taken, you gave good advice, it’s so difficult because I can’t get to craft shops . I will find something, yesterday I was trying to count branches on a tree near my bungalow, that is sad !

I shall look for a lap loom , thank you x