Thursday, November 1, 2012

Needletherapy In Miniature Tutorials and New Giveaway!

Hello World and congratulations with the 1st of November!

If you noticed, I have a new page on my blog. It is called "Needletherapy in Miniature". I am opening a series of tutorials in needlework in miniature by the request of many of my followers.



Part 1. Where To Start With?

During last 3 years of my Bloggerland experience I met so many people all over the world with the amazing personality and the generous ability to share their talent and knowledge with the rest of the world. I made so many wonderful friends and the range of the countries is like the rainbow – limitless: Russia, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore, Australia, Italy, Spain, USA, New Zealand, Turkey, France, Mexico, and many, many others…

During last year I've been asked to put together a Tutorial about the Needlework in miniature. In spite of the fact, that the Internet is full of needlework tutorials, after some hesitation and doubts, I finally decided to do it. I thought that if you stumbled upon my blog, that is fully devoted to the Needlework in miniature, you might want to try your hand in needlepoint and some other types of needlework the tips and hints of which I am planning to share with you.

Yes, please, keep in mind, that the goal of publishing these Tutorials is not teaching you “how-to”, I am only sharing the knowledge of what I've accumulated during last years.

First of all, if you are a beginner and decided to learn needlepoint in miniature, remember:


Don’t be discouraged by the small scale, tons of work or amount of time you are going to spend on your little project, but remember, your success depends on 4 P’s:


Practice – try to devote at least 15-30 minutes of your time to the needlework daily.

Persistence – do you remember the Ovid’s saying “Gutta cavat lapidem” that means "A drop hollows out the stone"?

Patience - Little strokes fell great oaks and Rome was not build in a day! Keep stitching!

Perfection – What I am trying to say here is that No one is perfect… that’s why pencils have erasers, BUT “When you aim for perfection, you discover it’s a moving target” (George Fisher)

Another thing to take to the consideration is that it doesn't matter how long you spend on stitching remember to take care of your health. The reason behind is that needlework in 1/12th scale requires sitting and holding the arms in the same position for a long period of time; it also takes a lot of pressure on your eyes. After 15-20 minutes of stitching you will feel your eyes being tired and the back and arms need some stretching. Put your stitching aside, get up and do them. Don't laugh! It is very important!

Exercises for the fingers, wrists and arms:

1. Bend Your Fingers. Relax your hand. Begin by keeping your fingers straight and right next to each other. Gently bend the middle and end joints of all four fingers and keep your wrist and knuckles straight. Slowly move your fingers so they're straight again. Repeat this exercise with your other hand.

2. Make a fist. Begin with your fingers straight and apart from each other. Gently make a loose fist and wrap your thumb around your fingers. Don't squeeze your fingers too tightly together. Slowly return your fingers to their original position. Repeat and do this exercise with your other hand.

3. Wrist rotation. Hold a medium size can or light free weight in one hand. With your arm extended straight out in front of you and your palm facing down, using just the strength of your wrist, rotate the can 180 degrees so your wrist faces to your side.

4. Shoulder rotation. Stand straight with both arms extended out toward your sides. Start making clockwise--from front to back--circles with both arms. Repeat this movement for 20 seconds and rotate both of your arms counterclockwise--from back to front.

Find more exercises for fingers, wrists and arms here:

Now let’s talk about the exercises for your beautiful eyes.

My favorite complex of the exercises is by Mirzikarim Norbekov, Uzbek by origin, Russian self-healing teacher, that he describes in his book “The Experience of a Fool Who Had An Epiphany About How to Get Rid of His Glasses”. I highly recommend to read it.

If you are interested, you can spend more time on researching about Grunwald Eyebody Method and Emotional Freedom Technique.

I am not affiliate to any of these programs, but my personal preference is the complex of the exercises by M. Norbekov. You can read more about him here:

Start with these simple exercises:

Before to do any exercises, please, remove the glasses or contacts.

1. Blinking.
For the next 2 minutes blink every 3-4 seconds. After you are done blinking each 3-4 seconds during 2 minutes, blink for 30 seconds at a time for 2 minutes.

2. Palming is a way to relax your eyes and to relieve the stress around them.
- Make yourself comfortable
- Take a couple of deep breathes.
- Place your two hands over your eyes with the cup of your palm covering your eyes, your fingers on your forehead and the heel of your hand will rest on your cheekbone. Make sure you can blink freely and you are not putting too much pressure on your eyes. Hold it for 2 minutes. You can repeat it for several times.

3. The sign of бесконечности.
Imagine number 8 about 10 feet in front of you. Turn it on its side. Trace the figure of 8 with your eyes slowly, try not to move your head. You use only the eyes’ muscles. Do it in one way, then in opposite directions for a few minutes.

4. Zooming.
Stand in a place where there is a far way spot and zoom your eyes instead of squinting. You have to do it every day at 3 times/a day for 20-30 min.

5. And last but not least, my favorite of all: 3D dimension images.

Finally, to encourage you I offer a Giveaway.

Here are you will find 3 images in 3D. Please, let me know what you see deep inside of each of them. Click on each image to enlarge.

1. Image # 1.

2. Image # 2.

3. Image # 3.

First person, who sends me a correct answer, will get a kit of my new design to stitch the screen for a 1/12th Square Pole Screen as a prize. No images - surprise, :)))!

The kit includes: framed silk gauze with a needle, floss, square pole screen that you need to put together with the instructions, chart in color symbols, directions.

Sorry for a long post today, but I hope you found this information useful and had fun!

Have a great weekend,


Patricia LeCates said...

The first is a woman's face, the second is a couple of cowboy hats and the third is a super hero (Batman but in red).

I love your site!

Pat in Annapolis

Indy_Poppy said...

Here is my answer. I love these.

1.I think it is Eve with a snake and an apple.

2. A man Bullriding

3. A teapot with cup in front of a window.

I hope I got these right!!!

Indy Poppy

Gill said...

Hi, what a fantastic list of information. I especially like the eye excercises.
I've looked at the photos and I think the first is a naked woman, the second, I'm not sure, maybe a bucking horse? and the third is a tea pot pouring into a cup. What good fun! Gill x

Tatiana said...

Хорошее начинание. Если бы еще и на русском языке - большего и желать нельзя.
Прикольные картинки. Мне кажется, что там можно увидеть многое. На первой я увидела девушка с американской улыбкой на цветущем лугу. Но это слишком очевидно, значит не правильно. На второй картинке очевидно -шляпы и лассо, но я увидела поле желтых маков и кроликов. Наверное я сошла с ума. На третьей картинке - полное безумие. Сначала мне показалось, что это ад. Потом я увидела саванну в огне, безумные животные,тигры, бизоны, лошади в ужасе бегу.
Это диагноз??????

Eva said...

Hola Natalia, me encanta la costura y seguiré los tutoriales que hagas. Gracias por los consejos que son muy importantes.
En cuanto a las imágenes creo ver:
1ª 7 rostros de mujer
2ª 5 imágenes de una mujer con los brazos abiertos agarrándose el vestido.
3ª En la parte alta las imágenes de vacas o algo parecido y en la parte baja el rostro de un hombre con barba.
Espero que no te rias mucho con las soluciones que te doy pero ... ¿la imaginación no es libre? je, je.
Un saludo, Eva

Janice said...

How generous of you to give up not only your expertise but your time. Thank you.

Susu said...

I've always sucked at these kind of things but I tried anyway!

In the image #1 I saw smiling women, #2 I saw horses but I might have just imagined seeing them and on #3 I saw some kind of soliders, reminded me a little of a mix between stormtrooper gear and the asian kabuki masks...

These things always make my imagination run wild so be free to laugh if I'm totally wrong! :D

Contrastes-Rosa Mª said...

Recomendation to protect our eyes nad the exercices for hands are fantastic
I've not looked at 3D images for a long time
1 A girl naked ,in front of a tree
2 a deer
3 a teapot and a cup of tea or coffe
kisses, Rosa

Craftland minis und anderes said...

Hello Natalia, what a great fun.
I'll try to answer what I'm seeing:

1. A lovely woman with a snake
2. A rider with horse
3. A teapot with cup and a beautiful sun in the background

So, now I'm only can cross my fingers.

Hugs from Craftland

Raquel DeGamonal said...

Gracias por estos grandes consejos! Creo que he conseguido ver las imágenes: Una mujer, un hombre montando un toro y una tetera, cierto? Un abrazo.

Raquel DeGamonal said...

Thanks for these great tips! I think I managed to see the images: A woman, a man riding a bull and a teapot, right? A hug.

Ludmila said...

Наталья, с большим интересом читала пост. Спасибо за полезные советы.
Стереокартинки очень люблю. Попробую назвать то, что увидела на них:
1. девушка (вроде сидит, ноги сложены (по-турецки")
2. ковбой с лассо
3. заварочный чайник
Правильно? :)

Kez said...

image 1 a kneeling woman.
image 2 a bronco with a rodeo rider.
image 3 A cup of tea being poured into a cup sitting on a table with a window in the background

Krümel said...

Hello :)

I hope you will understand my english. I try to see something in the images.
In the first image I see a woman infront of a tree.
In the secound image I see a bullriding person.
In the third image i see a window with the sun in the background and a swan in front.


Drora's minimundo said...

Image # 1 - Fields of flowers.
Image #2 - Hats
Image #3 - African dancers.

Please don't laugh at me but this is what I see. Thank you so much for this post and explaination.

Hugs, Drora

Natalie Wilson said...

The last 3d picture is a tea pot pouring a cup of tea.

Sans! said...

Tank you thank you thankee you, Natalia or the tutorials. I definitely can do with reading your tips on how to improve my stitching. Funny how you should be saying, don;t worry how long it takes because I am taking forever just to finish one one inch square worth of stitching ..he hehe.

When I came to the 3D images, I have to confess I did go : o dear :). Remember how I could never see them? I may try again though :):) although I did try the last 5 minutes till I needed to do one of your eye exercises..hahaha

Galchi said...

Добрый день. На картинках я вижу:
1. Ева со змеем и яблоком
2. Наездник на быке
3. Чайник и чашка.

Hello! I see:
1. Eva with snake and apple
2. Bull and man on it
3. Teapot and cup

Begoña said...

No lo has puesto fácil, se me da bien ver los estereogramas pero estos se me resisten, yo en el primero veo una mujer arrodillada, en el segundo veo un jinete sobre un caballo, y el tercero es sin duda una tetera vertiendo te en una taza.Un abrazo

Mariana said...

Hi, Natalia!
You had a great idea about the tutorials.
About the images:

in the #1 I can see some faces.

in the #2 I am not sure, I think I can see some flowers... but I am not sure cause I think I can see faces and cats too! hehehe.

in the #3 I can see some women.

But I don´t know make needlework... :(

Have a great weekend!

Natalie Wilson said...

Hi Natalie, left you a comment yesterday but its not showing up. Just to say tried the exercises and they are great. Also the last 3d picture is of a teapot pouring a cup of tea.

Sarah K. (The Mama Pirate) said...

Tough but I emailed you!

Natalia's Fine Needlework said...

Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2012 17:24:49 -070


First photo is Eve in the Garden. Lady sitting there with a snake.
Next one is a cowboy on a bucking bull. Last one is a tea pot pouring tea into a cup.


Natalia's Fine Needlework said...

Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2012 08:00:59 +0100

Hi Natalia

Thank you for this nice blog. I didn’t know it and through a link on Facebook I did find you. Beautiful work you have done. I see forward to the tutorials for the miniature needle therapy.
I have looked deep into your pictures, but they are very difficult.
I see in picture 1 flowers and faces, in picture 2 hats and lasso’s. In picture 3 I only see many beautiful colors and it is moving. But I cannot find any other things.
Thank you for your great blog


Natalia's Fine Needlework said...

Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2012 19:53:01 -0600

Hola Natalia.... Me encantan los acertijos, espero que este sea el medio para enviarte la respuesta . Esto es lo que yo veo: En la primera imagen, unos rostros....en la segunda imagen, sombreros de vaquero y en la tercera imagen, unas caras de dragón..Espero tener suerte, gracias por la oportunidad, besos . Ana

Natalia's Fine Needlework said...

Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2012 22:36:04 -0400
Subject: Answers for your giveaway


#1 is definitely a woman but I couldn't figure out what she was doing! Sitting down or kneeling? Maybe in water or flowers?

#2 I swear I saw a cat's full outline pop out, then I blinked and it was gone. I looked till my eyes teared up but I couldn't find anything again. The hats make me think it was really a horse or coyote though.

#3 is a pot of tea pouring into a cup

Am I right? If not, can I try again if no one has gotten it right yet?



Cy said...

Love the mini needlework here.

#1 Eve in the Garden of Eden under the Tree with snake (serpent)over her knees, and apple on grass in front of her.

#2 Bucking Bronco with heels kicking high in air, and rodeo cowboy hanging on for dear life, hand waving in air, and he's probably shouting "yee hah!"

#3 Teapot pouring tea into teacup in front of window with sun shining outside.

This was fun.

Natalia's Fine Needlework said...


#1 is definitely a woman but I couldn't figure out what she was doing! Sitting down or kneeling? Maybe in water or flowers?

#2 I swear I saw a cat's full outline pop out, then I blinked and it was gone. I looked till my eyes teared up but I couldn't find anything again. The hats make me think it was really a horse or coyote though.

#3 is a pot of tea pouring into a cup

Am I right? If not, can I try again if no one has gotten it right yet?




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