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Needles and Thread VS Cats and Dogs–Safety Tips

Posted by Joan on July 16, 2006

Quilters report that they spend an average of $1K on vet bills to save a cat that has ingested thread.

Linda, a quilter, wrote with a very sad story about how her beloved cat died from swallowing too much thread. The thread blocked the cat’s intestines. Since I posted Linda’s story on this Web page many more sewers have written to me to tell me how their cats have also died from eating thread. Or sewing notions like pins.

Cats love sewing baskets. They love to play with the tools we use to sew and a spool of thread is a marvelous toy to bat across the floor. But please, please keep an eye on your cat as she’s playing with things she might ingest. Cats are like children and will chew and swallow anything they can get in their mouth. Several sewers have written to say that if you spot your cat sucking up thread as if it were spaghetti you should not necessarily pull it from the cat’s mouth, since the thread may already be down in the intestines. Take your cat to an emergency animal hospital and have a veterinarian remove the thread!

Cats (and People) Who Quilt

Here are valuable safety tips for animal-loving quilters, tailors, embroiderers and anyone playing with thread and needles. It’s a fabulous article with lots of ideas for keeping the fuzzy ones safe.

I know firsthand about this topic from my decades as a tailor. I’m so fanatical about picking up dropped pins, I even spy them on the floor in stores–and can’t resist picking them up.

Ask me how it feels to rediscover loose pins in my pocket. I’m well trained and don’t even bleed when I prick my fingers any more.

My bleeding heart is another matter. Please read the article.  It could save a life.

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Here's How Embroidery Started As Medicine, Protection, Identification!

Posted by Joan on July 14, 2006

The Magic Character Of Embroidery
By Luda Sonkin

“Home cannot do without embroidery. It rewards, forgives, and cures…” they used to say in ancient times.

Let’s look at the ancient towels and garments: where the pattern is located, what colour the mistress used, what she depicted.

Every element of the pattern can tell a story, it defends, helps, bringing the worlds of the sky and the earth together. In the times of old girls used to embroider dowry for themselves. The towels were given as presents and used to decorate the house.

A thing without embroidery could not appear in the house. Stitch work was the measure of the hostess’s thrift and skills. Only the embroidered items had magic influence and could protect the house and the hosts. Embroidered towels were hanged above the windows and the door so that neither misfortune, nor diseases could find way into the house; the patterns on the tablecloth protected the food and the table. Clothes were embroidered too.

The Magic Character Of Embroidery

I love this article. Why does it appeal to me? I guess because women used their embroidery with all the might of their minds, hearts and souls to nurture and protect themselves and their loved ones. What’s not to like?

Read it. Put some of this heart and soul power into your machine embroidery today.

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