I was going make some lame excuse about how I’d been traveling through Eastern Europe for the last week and a half (true) and that’s why I hadn’t posted in awhile (false), but I won’t. I’ll just own up to the writers block and move on. I guess it’s not really writers block. More like humor block. I can’t tell if it’s me or cross stitching that is just inherently unfunny right now, but regardless, here we are! Ready to learn all about hobbies you associate with your 85-year-old, unmarried, great aunt. Aren’t you excited?
Reasons Cross-stitching Is More Awesome Than You Think
#1. It’s supah easy.
(Don’t mind me. I’m heading back East in a few days so I need to warm up my Boston accent. Just getting ready.)
I truly never understood cross-stitching or embroidery as hobbies. They just seemed like the involved literally no skill whatsoever. Like, what’s so interesting about making little Xs all over a piece of fabric? Seems pretty straightforward.
And it is. There’s no uniquely difficult skill you acquire when learning to cross-stitch (except maybe counting which is harder than your kindergarten teacher made you think it was). But somehow the ease of the project doesn’t take away from the satisfaction of creating something. Nor does it take away from how relaxing it is to have something mindless to keep your hands busy while you’re talking or watching a movie. Also, the instructions that came with the kits I ordered were only 1 page double sided. And 5/6 of it wasn’t even in English!
Told ya. Supah easy.
#2. It’ll surprise you.
In the same vein as #1, cross-stitching will surprise you. I didn’t expect to like it and I didn’t expect to understand why other people liked it. (So maybe my expectations were set so low that less than pure misery was considered a positive surprise.) But hey, I like a good surprise now and then! Keeps things interesting. (Do you hear that Adam? I like surprises. Preferably ones where I get to rip open wrapping paper. And the contents is sparkly. Give me jewelry.)
#3. It’s the journey, stupid.
So I like finishing things. I like having things to show off and wear around, like hats and gloves, so people will know I’m super crafty and talented and give me compliments. (I’m competitive. We’ve already established that.) But as my Dad likes to remind me, it’s about the journey, not the destination.
I never understood what you were supposed to do with finished cross-stitch projects. Hanging them on the wall really isn’t my style and I’m not much for the food puns and cheeky profanity that you see in a lot of samplers. Turns out, it doesn’t matter what you do with them. I might put mine in a big binder like a sampler portfolio. Doesn’t matter to me. All I know is I like making them and I like looking at the finished product. Do you really need anymore than that?
Also, I was inspired to finally give stitching a try after seeing Emz’s adorable card creations over at Emz Crafty Creations, so shout out to her. I’ll always appreciate a hobby with purpose.
#4. So many colors!
Look how pretty!
#5. It’s easy to transport.
So technically, I think knitting and crocheting is supposed to be easy to transport too, but I never really got the hang of that part. My yarn projects are all pretty bulky and cumbersome and require an additional carry-on bag on the plane so they never really seemed worth it.
Stitching is super compact. I flew all the way to Romania and back was able to whip out my sampler whenever I wanted – 4 hour layover in the Munich airport, crammed in economy class on a 9 hour flight, a conference presentation I didn’t want to listen to. (Kidding!…kind of.)
#6. It’s a good conversation starter.
People are really intrigued as to why you’re entertaining a hobby that supposedly only your grandmother would partake in. (Well, not my grandmother. My grandmother was a tennis-playing, folk-singing, world-traveling badass. She couldn’t really sit still long enough to be bothered with learning to cross-stitch.) So basically, if you need more friends, cross-stitch is the answer. That’s how this works, right?