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Cross Stich
Posted By:    upnorthcindy
I love to cross stich and have been doing so for years. I have arthritis in my neck so can not longer put my head down to stich. If I do so within 24 hours I will have a migraine. Any suggestions on tools that might be helpful for this situation? Need to be able to keep my head in a upright position. Thanks for any help on this matter.
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miss crossstitc
01/11/17
I do love cross stitching too as they say cross stitch does love me. But I get the migraine too from nothing or the flash of the sun. I have Arthritis as my mom and my grand ma. I take Naproxen to relieve the pain. U can get it from your doctor or buy it from Amazon.com. That all what I can tell U. Hope G d will cure all aliments. Say Amen.
jerseycrafter
01/11/17
upnorthcindy....There are different types of embroidery hoops which come on "stands" for table top use. These have regular embroidery hoops which are supported by a stand. If I were you...I would look into something of that type...also you can get standing frames that will allow you to attach your fabric at the top and bottom and you "roll" the design down as you make it. When I used to make needlepoint pictures this is what I used. Either of these would help you keep your head in a more "upright" position. You can google: cross stitch equipment in your search engine and you will be given many choices!! Good luck to you....(I am a Stitcher in the chat room...I do not work for ECS.)
upnorthcindy
01/11/17
Thank you so much for your reply. I will look into.
crosstitcher
01/11/17
I have the same problem. My fix is, I bought a desktop easel, I have a table that is high enough that I place it on the table, use a magnetic board to put my pattern on and then I hold my stitching at least waist high which keeps me from having to look down to stitch. So far this works for me and I have been doing this for a couple of years with no strain on my neck. Hope this helps. I would hate to have to give up stitching, I get such pleasure out of the creations produced with threads.
upnorthcindy
01/11/17
Oh my gosh that is a great idea. Thanks so very much. I would be very sad to have to stop stiching!
upnorthcindy
01/11/17
Oh my gosh that is a great idea. Thanks so very much. I would be very sad to have to stop stiching!
upnorthcindy
01/11/17
Oh my gosh that is a great idea. Thanks so very much. I would be very sad to have to stop stiching!
miss crossstitc
01/12/17
Hi again

I was thinking of U all night for the same problem that I have. Please as an advice do not nap during
the day. Buy new pillows, Let the (( hot)) shower hit on your neck. U can use bengay for relieving the pain too. I just notice that there is something as a heating pad looked like a short vest at walgreens store. I think it will help you relieve the pain too. Here what all I had given as advise massage it by hand.
upnorthcindy
01/12/17
Sometimes I think my husband believes I make these things up so nice to know I'm not the only person that has an issue with arthritis/migraines etc! Thanks for the advice.
upnorthcindy
01/12/17
Sometimes I think my husband believes I make these things up so nice to know I'm not the only person that has an issue with arthritis/migraines etc! Thanks for the advice.
crosstitcher
01/12/17
Better then BenGay is Salonpas gel (in a blue tube) relieves within seconds.
jerseycrafter
01/12/17
upnorthcindy, I forgot to mention earlier today that I also use an Easel. I bought it at Staples. It came with two size boards with magnets. I work at a table and place my pattern on the Easel with the magnets. This keeps me looking pretty much "straight ahead" when I am looking at symbols. With advice from so many stitchers.....I am sure you will remedy your situation!!
crosstitcher
01/13/17
For your neck: I bought a 'Contour' pillow at Target - it's great - keeps your head & neck aligned with your spine.
quilterangel123
01/13/17
I get migraines too so I know whereof you speak. My stitching area is on the couch in the living room and it is a recliner couch so it has a very high back. Over the years, I've developed the habit of making sure that I lean my head back against the back of the couch so I'm not leaning over. I also use most of the other medication/heat suggestions that the other folks do. I've never had to use the easel (which is good because I have no place to put it). Try some different things and you'll find what works for you.
upnorthcindy
01/13/17
Thank you so much. I will check out that pillow!
upnorthcindy
01/13/17
I am so appreciative for all this wonderful advice. Thank you