I know what you're thinking: "Isn't embroidery what my grandma used to do on all her weird pillowcases and hand towels? No thanks."
Not so fast! The art of embroidery has come a long way in recent years - even being featured in major publications like the 2019 winter issue of the Magnolia Journal. Stick around and find out a little bit of the reasoning behind that. Who knows, you may just find yourself with a new favourite hobby!
As mentioned, Embroidery is a craft that can provide many therapeutic benefits for the mind, body, and soul. In recent years, it has gained popularity as a mindfulness activity, with many people turning to embroidery as a way to reduce stress, improve focus, and boost their mood.
As an embroidery artist and small business owner, I have seen firsthand the positive impact that embroidery can have on mental health. Through my own experiences and conversations with other stitchers, I have come to appreciate how embroidery can be a powerful tool for self-care and wellness.
One of the reasons embroidery is so effective as a mindfulness activity is that it requires a lot of focus and attention to detail. When you're stitching, you're forced to slow down and be present in the moment. This can be incredibly calming and soothing, and can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
In addition to its meditative qualities, embroidery can also be a creative outlet that allows you to express yourself and tap into your imagination. Whether you're stitching a floral design or a quirky quote, embroidery is a way to infuse your personality into your work and create something that is uniquely yours.
If you're new to embroidery, it can be overwhelming to choose the right pattern. With so many designs and skill levels available (over 300,000 on Etsy alone) it can be hard to know where to start. But don't worry – there are plenty of resources available to help you find the perfect pattern for your skill level and interests!
In my shop, for example, I offer a variety of patterns ranging from beginner-friendly to more advanced. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the joy of embroidery, regardless of their skill level or experience, which is why I'm always working to improve my patterns to make them more accessible for people of all skill levels!
So if you're looking for a way to improve your mental health and tap into your creativity, consider giving embroidery a try. And be sure to check out The Stitching & Co Podcast for inspiration, tips, and stories from some of the most lovely souls in the embroidery community. Who knows – you might just discover a new favourite artist and commit to learning a new passion!