Updated: Dec 2, 2019
We all need a hobby (or five). It might surprise you to learn that even as an artist, I need a creative hobby that has nothing to do with my work. As much as I love what I do, having an interest that doesn't have deadlines or legwork is a necessity!
My personal favorite down-time activity is cross stitching! You probably have never heard of it, and you're not alone. I learned it from my mother (who learned it from her mother) when I was very young. It's yet another hobby that's on the more traditional side (I'm sensing a pattern
here), similar to needlepoint but typically with different types of stitches and fabric. Most people under 50 years old have never heard of it. ....But then again, most people don't watch Victorian-era shows and films and wish they could sit around working on their embroidery, either.
Cross stitching is the perfect hobby for me. I'm the type of person who can't stand to have idle hands, so I have a difficult time relaxing. Cross stitching is very methodical, and the counting and stitching repetition is a great stress reliever. Even better, it's just repetitive enough that I can watch a movie, or listen to an audiobook, or catch up on my podcasts while stitching.
I typically go in seasonal rotations with my hobbies. So when the snow flies and the weather turns cold, my cross stitching begins! This winter, I'm working on a beautiful street scene that should last me a while!
Here are some of my projects from winters past (which I haven't ironed or framed yet....whoops):