Cross stitch is something I’ve done in my spare time for a few years now. A problem with cross stitch is the stigma attached to it. People often have the view that cross stitch is for “old ladies” or that it’s boring. It’s not, it’s just like enjoying reading, or watching TV, it’s just not that popular amongst the younger generation.
There are however more young people, particularly student fashionistas that are becoming more acquainted with activities such as this, like knitting, crocheting and embroidery. They’re useful skills for if you want to jazz up some old clothes you found in a charity shop, or want to make a unique woolly hat. It’s fun and can be done whilst watching TV!
I recently took up cross stitch more when I came to University in 2011; my first full canvas was a gift for my godson, who is now almost a year old.
I wanted the cross stitch to be complete for the birth of Noah, but it was ready a month later. It took me seven months to complete and it was a challenge, sometimes I wanted to give up when I made a really big mistake, but it was a learning curve for me and now my skills have improved.
Upon completion of this piece, I’ll now be documenting my progress on an old piece I started when I was 14, maybe 15. I abandoned it as I realised my skills weren’t mature enough, I struggled and I gave up. But now, 5 years later I’m ready to face the challenge of the Winnie The Pooh Wishing Well. This is a project I want to keep for myself as it was a personal gift from a family member when I first found my interest in cross stitch. It’s a slow process, but it’s one I want to share, mainly to shake the stigma that it’s boring and not for young people and also so you can see how fulfilling it is to see work grow!