Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Help Wanted

I've decided to stop railing against the media for portraying all cross-stitchers as old ladies. Nope, not really.

In a little story about a local resident who was once on What's My Line? the writer links cross-stitch to the skills necessary to be a justice of the peace:
The attention to detail is evident in Weatherford resident Jeanne Schikowski's cross-stitch compositions. Schikowski, 91, was appointed as a justice of the peace in the early 1950s, earning her a slot on the television show What's My Line.
So, what other skills could a cross-stitcher put on her resume? I hope you'll add to this list:
  • Managing multiple priorities
  • Goal setting
  • Ability to design, plan, organize, and implement projects and tasks within an allotted timeframe
  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Adaptability
  • Tenacity and dedication (instead of "patience")
  • Self-motivated, able to work without supervision

10 comments:

Donna said...

Thanks. Now I will hear that song all day in my head. Have a good time, but remember...

As for other skills a stitcher has, how about managing a budget as we decide how to spend our stitching $$$.

Lee said...

Sometimes I think that we need to balance two disparate skills. We need to be able to follow directions exactly AND we need the ability to free ourselves to deviate from the design and think creatively. When we use both of those skills effectively, our needlework reaches some great heights. And it truly becomes our own.

Jeanne said...

One of the things that really torques me is when non-crafters say "I don't know how you have the patience to do that" referring to stitching. They assume it is boring work we trudge through. Instead I find some of THEM boring people because they have no passions in their lives but spend their time watching reality shows........

Anonymous said...

Ability to complete prjects, that is if you actually "finish finish"
your projects instead of putting them in the stitching completed drawer. I can implement all day long.

Mary in TN

Katherine said...

Aside from the patience comment, the thing that torques me is when they say "I just don't have the time" or "where do you find the time" implying that I have some time resource that they don't or because I'm an at home mom, I'm sitting on my ass all day stitching! I ORGANIZE my time so that I CAN stitch!

Cole said...

I hate the comments about patience and time too!

Ok, I'm going to go & update my resume now...

Robin said...

Good ones! What about the ability to do something others do not do or understand! At least my friends don't get cross stitching. "that would get on my nerves" they say.....so I say, take your nerves elsewhere!

Meadows08 said...

I hate comments of surprise that I actually stitch. After all, I'm only 37!

mainely stitching said...

It also makes for excellent chicken counters despite how fast and how much they move around. They're just little blocks of color. LOL. You know, I actually put my chickens in my last resume. And got the job. Go figure.

Diane said...

Amen to Jeanne's comment. I frequently stitch because I am IMpatient. If it weren't for stitching while standing in lines or waiting for kids, I'd be insane. I hate to wait. Stitching occupies my mind.