Friday, April 6, 2012

Using my iPad for stitching

Can't believe it's been five months since I posted. Or maybe I can. Playing catch up is for the birds. Some days I wonder if I will ever catch up from being sick this summer. [sigh]

I have fun news. My dear sweetie got me an iPad for Christmas. A total surprise. We weren't supposed to get each other anything this year, but he cheated and got me some Barnes and Noble gift cards. And I cheated, because I knew he would, and got him some DVDs and smoked almonds. Then the Thursday after Christmas he said he had to go to the Apple Store to get himself a docking station so he could watch his music videos from his iPhone on the TV. So we went. I played with the iPads, as usual. When I went to the back of the store where he was talking to a sales person I saw him opening an iPad box. "What are you doing?" I asked. The sales person said, "He just wanted to see what the engraving on the back looks like, so I'm showing him one." I thought, how nice of him. Then Bill showed me the engraving and said, "I think that's a nice size, don't you?" It was my name and an endearment from him. I cried. Everyone in the store went, "Awe, that's so sweet." Then I got embarrassed. That sales person was really sneaky.

I wanted it for totally fun reasons - reading books, watching movies, as a sketch pad, as a way to take notes at meetings where I didn't want to haul my laptop. But I'm working on more ways to use it in my business. Recently I started putting stitching instructions on it in PDF files. And I just discovered a great way to view it easily while stitching. I have a floor lamp with a magnifier and a clamp on it. The iPad fits perfectly in the clamp and just sits right there so I can see it easily. Perfecto!!!!!!

And I am ending the post with bad news - well, sad news anyway. ANG has postponed the art exhibit planned for Philadelphia because they didn't get enough entries. They hope to have it in Chicago in 2014. I suppose it will give them more time to make arrangements with both a museum/gallery and stitchers. I sure hope a lot of people step up to the plate and plan to enter the exhibit. It is going to be the only way we get original needlework into the art arena where it should be.


  1. Nice Linda! I love my iPad too and use it for travelling instead of hauling my heavy lap top! I like the idea of putting the pdfs on. I'll have to try that!

  2. I do the same. Love being able to enlarge sections of charts and diagrams when I'm teaching too.

    You might be interested in checking out Designers Grid. It's a very basic and inexpensive cross stitch grid app - its good for making notes while stitching samples. The drawback is that it has not many colors to use and can't do back stitch..

    I still find it good to have especially if you are out and about.

    Jacqui (in Auckland, New Zealand)


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