Dec 16, 2011

The Zen of cross-stitch

I just found out there is a Joann Fabric right across the street from my neighborhood, and they have cross-stitch supplies.

You guys, how did I not know this?? Now I can buy lots of cross-stitch thread and use all of my cross-stitch-ready towels and such, and fulfill my dreams of stitching up towels with silly and snarky messages a-la Subversive Cross Stitch.

But seriously, I love counted cross-stitch. It's so zen - so calming to the mind and body, to just relax into the rhythm of counting and stitching. It's really good for my anxiety since it helps quiet the mind. My Mom used to cross-stitch when I was a kid, which is how I got it in my head to try it. I need to do more of it, but my lack of access to supplies had limited me to kits that came with everything needed to complete a project. The kits are good, though, because they provide easy instructions on how to start, how to make the stitches needed for the project, etc. My first project was a colorful and relatively simple kit that taught me 3 basic stitches. The back is a mess, but I really like the result!

Tak Time cross-stitch 
Right now I'm working on a kit that, when finished, will show a puppy sleeping on a blanket with the words "Never underestimate the power of a nap." I've been working on this one for... well, let's just say I started it a long time ago :)

sleepy puppy cross-stitch 

So which crafts do you do to relax - what is your crafting zen? Let me know in the comments!


  1. Wow! Looks great! I used to be into needlepoint and crocheting but got away from it. I truly don't have time now for much crafts. Between blogging, the hubs, and the pit bull, I'm booked. :)

  2. I am no crafty. I'd like to be but it does not come natural and I usually don't stick with anything long enough to complete a project.

    1. Oh and i'm stopping by from ast weeks FlashbackFriday.

    2. Thanks for stopping by! :)

      I'll be honest, I haven't been very good about finishing craft projects either. Maybe one day you'll find a craft that better fits your time needs, like knitting or a quick decoupage project. Until then, whatever brings you joy, right? :)


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