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Can you Embroider with Your Feet?


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I know this is a strange question. But really, can you embroider with your feet? It is hard to imagine fine embroidery being done with one’s feet – imagine threading a tiny needle using your toes! Some of us have a hard enough time doing so with our fingers, right?

From threading a tiny needle with fine silk to stitching (from front to back of the hoop), this lady does everything with her feet. This is definitely worth watching! The embroidery comes in the second half of the video…

Prepare to be amazed!



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  1. Mary,
    Thank you so much for posting this. I am truly amazed! After seeing this, I feel like no one can really find a good excuse to NOT do anything! We are truly blessed! Linda

  2. I don't know if it's just me & my computer, but there's nothing to click to watch. (And I really want to see this done with toes!!) I'll try again from my home computer tonight…

    I'm a first time commenter but becoming quite the groupy of your site — thanks for all the great posts and the wealth of information. My most favorite recent post of yours is "False Starts" — I guess we all sooooooo relate — I am at this moment wrestling with myself about starting over one of my projects. I know I need to, and will eventually (I think, haha), but it's the thought of re-doing all that work that kills me. So reading that pretty much everyone goes through the same thing from time to time, in both embroidery and life, is taking the sting out of it somewhat!

    Thank you again for all you do,

  3. Amazing, isn’t she?

    Hi, Moriah! Welcome aboard! Oh, yes – false starts! That’s what my post today is about, again (the new 15 minute post on goldwork and color…)

    The way I look at it is this: you probably won’t be happy with the project if you continue working on it, once you know you should start over! So, why not start over now, rather than continuing… because if you continue, there’s a stronger chance you’ll never finish the project! Also, if you get the “start over” done (it’s such a pain to start over!!), then you can get on to the real work, faster!

    Anyway, I feel for ya! I know exackitackily how it is!!


  4. Wow. Amazing, indeed. I was impressed that it looked like she had good tension. I wonder if she can do things like French or bullion knots.

  5. Wow. Her dexterity with her feet is very impressive, but I’m more in awe of the flexibility, strength, and very fine control she’s got in her hips. I’m a dancer – moving your hips like that lady is NOT easy. If you don’t believe me, go sit on a stool, lean back slightly, and pull your feet up above hip level. Now try to keep them there for a few minutes… You and I would be sore for a week if we tried to live like her for an hour!

    Also, I’m loving this blog, and following it daily. I’ve done counted cross stitch since forever, but I’m getting bored with it and want to try something different – your advice and examples are priceless for that!

  6. Hello Mary,
    I am so glad I sent you the video of this amazing woman. Things like this have to be shared.
    By the way your latest newsletter gave me a brilliant idea. I am making a crib quilt for my grand child with squares of embroidered hearts. I was going to leave the squares between, plain. I have now decided to embroider scroll patterns in white.

    Your newsletters inspire me and have given me so many ideas.

    Thanks Mary


  7. Thank you for sharing the video with us. I think it is a case of dealing with Life the best you can with what you have. Last autumn I lost the use of my right hand – in particular the thumb and index finger – after a couple of weeks getting the pain down I was starting to go crazy not being able to do anything crafty (fortunately I have a lovely DH who can cook) and ended up sewing left handed and holding stuff between my right little finger and the one next to it. I was very slow and couldn’t do it for long at first but I still got small things done … a bit like your 15 minute stitch periods. Luckily my hand improved and I am sewing right handed once again (but still not on the heavy duty pieces … yet), but I think with time you adjust.

    Thanks for having such a great and inspirational blog.

  8. Mary … this is an awesome video!
    I’ve added a link to your blog of it on mine … just so more people could see how incredible it was!
    I have decided that I should never complain again about things that I cannot do!

    Would appreciate if you could send me the direct link to the YouTube video of this … my DD would like to share it with some friends…and I think that it would be inspirational to show some of the younger generation how easy they have it. E-mail is
    sredeluxe@rogers.com . Thanks!

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