Some people are really good at threading needles – thread, needle, stabby-thread-through-needle-eye, presto-change-o, needle threaded. Some people are maybe no so much and it goes more like, thread, needle, stabby, stabby, stabby, curse, stabby, CURSE, stabby, stabby, needle threaded. If that sounds familiar, great news! There’s a way to thread a needle without all the stabby-stabby business.
One of the neat things about this method is that you can thread a needle by touch. Um, that’s useful if you’re sewing in the dark, I suppose. Also, it makes you look really cool at sewing parties….
I learned this a million years ago from an amazing embroideress. She showed me three ways to thread a needle, and I am still trying to make the other two work. I swear to you, I saw the woman snap thread into a needle. And she did this thing, where she just laid a piece of thread over her thumb, ran the eye of a needle down it, and presto, threaded needle. I’ve been trying to master that for YEARS and I can’t. Master? Heck, I can’t even make it work. Sometimes I wonder if she maybe sold a little piece of her soul for that snapping trick. (Mostly in terms of wondering exactly how much, to whom, and how to get in touch with them…) I’ve been threading needles since I was old enough to hold them. That was my job when mom was sewing because mom and hand needles aren’t such great friends. It’s just crazy-cool when someone shows you three new ways to do something you thought had exactly one obvious solution….