Worth the Wait
It starts with anticipation. Going to the mailbox can be an exciting thing if I find a cross stitch catalog waiting to be looked at. Out of that pile of mail, the cross stitch catalog is the one I zero-in on to see what new designs are available to bookmark for future purchase at a later date. Or there may be some patterns I just cannot do without and will need to order them right away. Waiting for my shipment to arrive can drive me crazy! There’s always the anxious feeling of excitement after ordering, waiting and hoping the kit is in the mailbox. Each time I go out to get the mail, I’m hoping it’s there or on the front stoop. Then there’s that pang of disappointment when I go out and find it hasn’t arrived yet because apparently it’s going to take longer than I expected. I have to remind myself that things like this don’t show up instantaneously. It’s like waiting to see someone you love.
giddiness and excitement of starting a new project, especially a
challenging one if I’m up for it. Some projects can be
intimidating, and those I put aside for the day when I have
enough courage to tackle them.
stitch is so relaxing
What can I say? I can pop in a good movie, sit in my favorite chair and pick up where I left off because I’ve used the Parking Method. https://www.sunrayscreations.com/cross-stitching-blog/the-parking-method-in-cross-stitch/ I find I can divide my concentration equally between what’s on TV and what’s on my canvas. It’s wonderful to see the picture on my canvas spring to life with each stitch I make, and I marvel at the detail – a work of art is being created.
If I’ve had a long
strenuous and stressful day, cross stitch puts my mind at ease
and is therapeutic in making me feel more calm. Yes, God even
works through our crafts to help us stay sane in an insane
world. There is satisfaction in marking off large sections with
my highlighter and seeing my progress on my project grow each
time I work on it.
As I mentioned before, I am a collector. I believe if I ever won a sweepstakes or came into a large sum of money, I would give the Lord his due, and a good portion of the winnings would be spent on cross stitch. It’s my passion!
So, on rainy days,
it’s fun to go into my walk-in closet, sit down on the floor
where it’s comfortable and quiet, and pour through an entire
drawer full of kits and patterns waiting to be stitched. I study
them and assign who will receive this one and that one as a
gift, or if I decide to keep it, which room I will hang the
finished project, etc. The problem is finding the time to stitch
them all. I’m sure you can identify!
do with the Finished Project
When the project
is all finished, and I take it to the framers, there’s the
satisfaction of knowing this will be a very special gift for
someone special in my life, and that they will enjoy this
masterpiece immensely. Just seeing the look on their face is
priceless as these gifts often go onto become heirlooms in
families. They will be passed down from generation to
generation. It becomes a token of love to that family and you’re
sharing the love.
There are certain
things I like to stitch including flowers,
especially, and the more realistic they look, the better. DMC floss comes in a large
variety of colors which allows you to stitch anything you want,
and makes it pleasurable to stitch projects as they’ve just
about covered every hue under the sun when it comes to
recreating the beauty of this world.
Cross stitch is
something I never have to be without. It can also be portable,
depending on the size of the project. If my project is small, I
can take it with me if I’m waiting in a waiting room. I can’t
stand for my hands to be idle, so this is the perfect solution.
When people see me work on it, those who would not normally
approach me come up and strike up a conversation with me because
they are fascinated with the skill and devotion that goes into
Cross stitch also
allows me to incorporate my desire to be organized. I keep my
floss in what I call a “project box” and keep them all in
numerical order for ease of locating the correct one. I use
several threaded parked needles
to make the journey smoother. These are just a few of the little
quirks I have adopted to make the craft even more pleasurable.
for Cross Stitch
I am drawn to
shops that feature supplies
and accessories for cross stitch and other forms of
needlework. If my family is with me, they might as well kick
back and let me take my time because more than likely it’s a
place where I could spend hours on end, but I won’t overstay my
welcome. It would be nice to have a blank check from “the cross
stitch fairy” and just go nuts shopping as a once in a life-time
thing. Only in my wildest dreams would this ever happen.
A friend of mine
was helping to clean out the home of her mother-in-law who was
going to move into an assisted living situation. Upon opening a
closet door, she discovered loads of vintage needlework items,
patterns, magazines, tools, threads, etc., and she thought I
might like to have them instead of throwing them out and letting
them go to waste. When she brought over two van loads of these
items (which by the way filled up my entire living room), I sat
in the middle of these treasures and it felt like Christmas in
July! I suddenly became a kid in a candy shop enjoying every
minute of looking at these gifts.
Sharing your passion to stitch can be a very pleasant thing to experience. Stitching is satisfying whether you’re alone or whether you’re with friends or loved ones. You experience a closeness and kinsmanship when in fellowship with family and friends, and there is sense of belonging when you’re in the presence of fellow crafters in discussing the movie you’re watching or talking about your individual projects.
Some say they hope there is cross stitch in heaven. I would have to say I share these hopes and dreams. How lovely it would be to be able to stitch God’s heavenly glory and recreate his creation on tapestries.
All in all, cross stitch has to be my favorite hobby, and it’s one that I plan to keep doing for as long as possible. You don’t need a lot of accessories to create a masterpiece.