Monday, March 29, 2010

Stitch or No Stitch

I have not been blogging for quite sometime nor stitching for the past 6 months. I was so tied up with work (new role). I have to pick up new knowledge whist taking over the new tasks very quickly.

On the other hand, I was very unlucky that I had hopitalised for almost 2 weeks due to pneumonia. Having pneumonia was not something fun. I guess from now on, a very little flu or cough; I will not take it easy. There was one day when I saw my phlegm was covered with fresh blood; I thought I am soon dying of pneumonia. So I desperately asked my husband to bring me Bible and blank papers the next day for me to write my last message to my mother, and my children. Hahah… I am still laughing about it.

Another major reason why I have completely ignored my cross stitch for months, it is because I spent most of my time (which I normally reserve for cross stitching) on Facebook. I was so addicted with the Farm Valley, and Farm Town games, and I have spent almost 2 hours and more just to ‘harvesting’ and ‘seeding’ my farm. Sometimes I even woke up in the middle of the night to see if the ‘plants’, ‘cows’, ‘chickens’ were ready to ‘collect’. Silly me. I think it is time to put a stop on Facebook. I felt so guilty of wasting my valuable time on virtual farming. So, no more Facebook for me!!

When I visit my blog yesterday, I saw a few chat messages were left in my chat box and I feel so sorry for not responding in time. Particular to this message that I have received from [Guest]

[Guest] Hi, just wondering whether you continued stitching when you were in your pregnancy? Did you get any advice against doing so?

My answer to Guest:
Honestly speaking, I have never stopped stitching even when I was pregnant (twice). In fact, I stitch more than usual (almost every day) during my pregnancy. My kids were born perfectly healthy. One golden rule which I always practice - never do any stitching on bed.

I understand where you are coming from. I do get comments from ‘old’ people (senior) discourage me from doing needle works during pregnancy. Luckily, I have a very supportive mother, and husband. So whether or not to stop stitching when pregnant, it is up to the individual.

Guest, if you ever have doubt/worry or if any of your family member against it, my advice to you is, let’s ‘take a break’.
When something went ‘wrong’, people around you will just point their finger at you and blame on your action. No one will pity you, or come foward to help.

Let me share with a true story that happened to my aunty when she was pregnant. This not necessary happen to everyone, so please do not take this personally.

Basically, my aunty just did a simple patching on her torn blanket while sitting on her bed in the bedroom when she was pregnant. With her simple mind, she thought everything should be fine, it was just a few stitches. Who knows, on the delivery day, she was shocked to see her newborn with the deform forehead.

It looks like a stitching had performed on the new born while the baby still in my aunt’s womb. No doctors dare to perform operation on the baby, and she has no one to turn to. Finally, she went to temple to seek for help. The so called ‘deity’ told her what had caused the baby head deform, and ‘he’ commanded my aunty to unstitch all the blankets, clothes that she has done when she was pregnant. Guess what, as she unstitched the blanket and clothes, my cousin forehead slowly ‘unfold’ to normal.

I do not what you call that, miracle? Scary?

Again, it is up to the individual whether or not (can or can not) do stitching during pregnancy. I guess there is no definite answer.


Vinniey said...

Glad to see you post again. So sorry to hear you being hospitalized. Thanks for sharing your aunt's story. You're right, we really ought to follow some of the pregnancy old wives tales. :) Take great care and stay healthy.

SeokMay said...

Thanks Vinniey, I miss reading your blog... so much to learn from you. After discharged from hospital, my children fall ill after me. Feel so tired, weak, breathless looking after them... whilst i am still recovering from my sickness. Tough, tough...

Ya.. I am also curious to know whether did you do any cross stitch/needle works when you were pregnant. Happy to hear your experience / your opinion.

seahorse27 said...

I stumbled upon your blog while clicking around looking for DMC Stitch-A-Photo.

Why cannot stitch on bed? I always to my stitching on bed :P

SeokMay said...

Hi seahorse27,

I went to your blog and saw the cross stitch that you make - a wedding couple pic. Is that you? Hehe... nice. I like it.

Why cannot stitch on bed? Hmmm... for some chinese especially married couple, in the aspect of Feng Shui, they kind of believe some do's and dont's that related to sleeping bed.

Few example:
1. on the wedding day, commonly the 'old people' will ask a boy to jump and roll on the wedding couple's bed, hoping the couple first born is a boy.

2. Avoid having mirror, TV, and any reflective source, place in front of the bed.

3. I recall stitching is one of the don'ts... hehe.

For me, I will try to avoid stitching on bed because of my aunty's experience and my mom say so.. Haha... Better be safe than sorry.

seahorse27 said...


That'd my mom's colleague's wedding photo which I started 10 years ago then I kept it under the bed until now only I finished it. Procratinator...

1) I heard that before.
2) I have the tv and my comp right in front of my bed... necessities.. without them I die... hahaha
3) I just like doing things on the bed...

Anonymous said...

what will happen if i stitch on the bed?