Well, I think it’s safe to say, this post is coming to you somewhat later than planned. I wrote the first part back in July (where did three months go?!) and I had every intention of writing this follow-up within a few weeks. Anyway… it’s for good reason I’ve taken my time, and I’ll explain all. So, let’s talk cross stitch, learning new creative skills, and making time for creativity.
The cross stitch kit
I mentioned the kit I’ve been using back in part one but, for those who haven’t read it (or for those who can’t remember what kit I’m using because I wrote the post so long ago!), I decided to give the ‘Bee Happy’ kit by The Spinneyfield Stitchery a go. It’s currently out of stock, but get in touch with Harriet (the owner, creative, and all-round lovely woman behind the small business) if you’re interested, and she can let you know if/when it will be back in stock.
I would say the kit is suitable for advanced beginners, or beginners who enjoy a challenge (like myself!). It wasn’t easy at first and I had to really concentrate, but that was part of what made it so special – because it took my mind off any stress and worry. Thankfully, I am quite a quick learner, so it didn’t take too long to get the hang of it and soon I was thoroughly enjoying my little cross stitch sessions.
Harriet designs her kits herself, which is amazing, and she carefully provides everything you need (minus a hoop/frame) to get started. In fact, I found the thread supply to be very generous and have enough left over for another project, which I’m quite excited by!
I’m not really sure how long it took me to complete the design. I enjoyed the process so much I kept losing track of time. In one sense, I didn’t want it to end. It definitely took hours/days rather than minutes, but I spread the time across… well… many months, as this late follow-up post suggests. Ha.
Learning new creative skills
I can’t really tell you how lovely it has been learning a new creative skill over the last few months (while the world became a bit scary). It’s such a brilliant way to escape your mind for a bit.
Before starting my business, I used to do such a variety of creative projects for fun. From crochet to decoupage, and floristry to story writing. If it was creative, I’d give it a go. Now, finding time to do something creative outside of work is a conscious effort. I enjoy what I do so much, so I sometimes forget I still need a break now and then and to do things just for joy. Challenging myself to learn a new creative skill was like finding a part of me again. It was wonderful.
Which leads nicely on to…
Making time for creativity
When was the last time you made time for creativity? Maybe you regularly do creative projects or maybe, like me, you want to make time for more creativity in your life and home.
Either way, it’s so important to allow ourselves that escape and joy. Creativity is a part of us, in one way or another, so not making time for it can’t be good for our well-being. It’s been proven creativity can help improve our mental health, and general well-being. I mean… I don’t have any statistics or reports to reference from (so don’t quote me on it!), but I’m pretty sure I read it somewhere.
Learning to cross stitch again has really opened my eyes to so many creative projects I want to try. I’ve already got a few more planned. It’s also given me the bug for cross stitch and needlework in general, so I think I’m going to do another cross stitch project soon too.
Give cross stitch a try
If you’ve never tried cross stitch before, or not for years, then why not give it a go? You might be surprised how fun it is learning a new skill and, with the right cross stitch kit, you can end up with something really pretty.
Of course, if cross stitch isn’t your thing, any new creative project is worth a try. Just give yourself permission to have fun, and create for joy.
*I should probably do a little legal bit here to let you know this wasn’t an advert, or sponsored post. Harriet very kindly said I could share images of her kit on my blog, but I was under no obligation to write this post, I didn’t get paid or receive a discount. I bought the kit because I genuinely wanted to try it and I wanted to share my experience with you in case it inspired you to give something a try yourself.