Have you been contemplating learning to cross stitch but used some of the following reasons not to try it?
- It’s too hard…
- That’s what my grandma/elderly relative did…
- I don’t have the time for it…
- Isn’t it expensive?
- I tried it and it’s just not for me…
- It’s too girly…
- I don’t have the patience for it…
Some of these reasons may be legitimate and you may have found your creative outlet that fits within your lifestyle. I hope this is the case if cross stitch is legitimately not for you.
However…if you have used any of the above excuses and not really given cross stitch a go, here are some reasons why you should!
1. You’re stuck in your head
You may also be thinking that there are so many other things that are great stress relievers. Some legal…some not so legal. Running for example is a great way to get rid of any excess energy you may have caused by so many different things. At the moment, my muscles are giving me grief, so it’s causing me more grief than what it should be. But humour me for a moment and lets say your chosen physical exercise has helped you as much as it can for today. But you’re still feeling stressed or anxious and you don’t want to undo all of the awesome work you’ve done with your physical release. This is where cross stitch comes into play.
2. It’s as time consuming as you want it to be
When was the last time you learnt something new that wasn’t because of work or because you had to, rather because you wanted to? Also, how long are you expecting cross stitch to take? Are you wanting to complete a project in one sitting or are you wanting it to take some time to see the end result?
Depending on who you talk to, some people may argue that they find it a hassle to get it out of the spot they store it when they’re not working on it. Depending on what your home situation is like, the amount of space you have and the size of your project, I can understand why it will seem like a hassle. My counter argument is how big is your project and is there a smaller project you could be working on that doesn’t require as much space?
When you next remember to, have a look around your home and see if there’s a corner or space that you can setup a space for yourself to stitch in. If you have a dedicated space, it may make it easier for you to sit down there and spend as much time as you have available there.
3. You can be as extroverted or introverted as you like
Our current climate is making life a bit difficult with catching up with people and doing anything fun. If you’re needing human interaction, there are numerous forums on a broad range of platforms that enable you to engage with fellow cross stitchers. Some of these forums include:
- Virtual Stitchers (YouTube)
- Cross Stitch Forum – Facebook
- Cross Stitch Australia – Facebook
- Cross Stitch Addicts – Facebook
- Cross Stitch Unlimited – Facebook
- Stitch Maynia – Facebook
Also, check out the related reads at the end of this post for some more suggestions.
4. It’s an opportunity to feel good
When was the last time you created something from scratch and felt good about the end result? You may have cooked a meal by following a recipe, repurposed some furniture or painted a room. It may have involved a bit of hard work because you may not have done it before or it took a bit of elbow grease. But in the end, it came out pretty good. That’s what cross stitch can be like. When you’re stitching, you are creating something out of nothing and giving a space some new life. When you have finished a page or section in the pattern that may have been challenging or the entire project, it feels really good because you persevered and achieved something.
5. It’s only as hard as you make it – stitch what you like
When you’re learning to do anything, at first it can seem daunting. Cross stitch patterns can look confusing with all of their different symbols and colour combinations. But it has evolved so much since you last saw someone doing it that technology has joined the party. Some designers use coloured squares in conjunction with the symbols to help stitchers clearly see the pattern and what colours go where.
When you have found a pattern that you really want to stitch, you will be amazed by how quickly you get through it. Or at least how often you find yourself wanting to stitch it if you’ve chosen to stitch a huge project! I have certainly found over the years that if I’m really not feeling the love for a project, it becomes a chore and I don’t really want to work on it any more.
Then there’s the app Pattern Keeper. If you have chosen a pattern that’s compatible with this app, it will make your life so much easier with reading the pattern and keeping track of where you are.
But wait…there’s more!
These reasons for why you should try cross stitch is just the tip of the iceberg. My aim with this post was to add to what so many awesome people have already written about and I’ve tried to keep this post as light hearted as possible.
To me, cross stitch is a way of being creative when I have the time and getting out of my head and focusing on just one thing – the pattern and what colour I’m going to stitch next. It doesn’t always work. I still have times when I’m still stuck in my head because my thoughts are getting to me and I need to talk to someone. Which is why I love being able to catch up face to face or virtually with like minded family and friends who enjoy stitching as much as I do. It’s also good to talk to someone if your thoughts are becoming too hard to handle on your own and you’ve done as much as you can in a health and safe way.
Also, cross stitch is just one of the many different creative avenues that people can use to be creative. Check out the related reads below to see a bit more about how cross stitch may be able to help you find your creative side.
Until next time,
- The Very Real Mental Health Benefits of Cross Stitch – blog post by Mr X Stitch
- The Mental Health Benefits of Cross Stitch – blog post by The Spruce Crafts
- How Stitching Helps Beat Stress – Body and Soul post by Catherine Lambert, dated 17 June 2016
- Why I love Cross Stitching – blog post by Jennifer Diffley on Select Health website, dated May 2018
- The Best Cross Stitch Forums – blog post by Lord Libidian, date not known
- Why Cross Stitch is Great Art Therapy – by Margaret Tipton-Siytangco – contributor to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, posted 28 June 2016
- Creativity and Recovery: the Mental Health Benefits of Art Therapy – Posted on by Guest Author for www.rtor.org