I’ve taken up cross-stitching again.
I learned when I was 11 or 12 from my mom. She was a fierce cross-stitcher before she moved onto quilting. It’s been a couple decades (thereabouts) since I’ve cross-stitched.
I’ve been hankering to try it again but a few things held me back. I could never find a pattern I liked. I’m too practical — I won’t make something I wouldn’t consider hanging in my home. I didn’t need animals, kids, houses, mansions, landscapes, unicorns, Edward Cullen, etc. My crafting time is also limited and it is almost all devoted to scrapbooking.
Then I had a creative drought with my scrapbook. I had to leave it alone and work on something else. Suddenly there was room for something else creative! I flipped through patterns on Etsy tirelessly but nothing was quite right (in the event I have a child, I know where to get tons of cute Star Wars patterns). I discovered Pic 2 Pat and made my own pattern. It took a while and I almost didn’t finish it. But the scrapbook doldrums persisted so I pressed on.
I picked up my DMC threads the other day and got started. I’m totally thrilled! It’s fun to have a project I can work on when I’m curled up on the couch.
The finished product should be in the 16×20-inch range (theoretically, we’ll see if I used Pic 2 Pat correctly). I’m not going to hurry through it and estimate it will take me at least several months if not a year to finish. But working on it is starting to soothe my creative issues. YES.