Monday, May 3, 2010

All I seem to think about is needlework

Since it's the start of a new week I always like to try and tackle at least one question/thought/idea I have rumbling around in my head. Last night it took me over 2 hours to get to sleep b/c I had a mountain of ideas running around and I just couldn't get them to stop.

In the past, I tried writing everything down in a small note book (The big guy's suggestion and purchase) the book was filled within a week and I started to get anxious b/c there was so much to do in the book, I'd never get it all done. Totally overwhelming! I felt worst off than before and the book mysteriously vanished (I was told the dog ate it but I'm not buying that story).

I think about family things, I think about day to day to do lists and since I started Loose Thread Stitchers, all I seem to think about is needlework. How do stitchers use the internet to find what they need. What would make it easier for stitchers to find what they need online easier. How do stitchers find a Local needlework Shop (LNS)? What makes them go back. Why do they stitch and what does it give them? I could go on and on (I actually typed out a few more sentences but re-read what I wrote and thought it was a bit overwhelming so I deleted them...... (: see what I mean?)

This year we started the Stitch Your Heart Out (SYHO) Campaign, joined Funk and Weber Designs in the Needle and ThREAD: Stitching for Literacy Campaign, Wrote an event column for The Gift of Stitching Magazine and introduced moms to needlework via our MomSpace column. We began work with The Embroiders Guild of America to boost their visability online and continue to work with local needlework shops, designers, teachers, distributors and manufacturers to build content on the Loose Thread Stitchers website to help stitchers find everything they need in a single location. And yet...I still feel like there is so much more to do.

So......instead of going crazy in my head this week I thought I would put it out to our LTS community. What do you want to see, what is missing that you'd love to do, experience, showcase. Why do you do needlework and how can we share it with the general public? I want to know your thoughts, feelings, opinions, suggestions ~ the good bad and the ugly. Get a cup of coffee get your fingers on the keyboard and let me know what you think!

Whew! now I feel better......I can't wait to read your ideas!

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