Cross-Stitches can bring me joy by feeling a sense of accomplishment after completing them, but also they encourage me to be happy. This particular cross-stitch my oldest sister, Emily, made while she was away at college. It says “A merry heart does good like a medicine”. This statement hits close to home for me because I get down a lot because of stress from school and many other things. This tells me that I can be happy if I want to. Being happy is a choice I can make.
Cross-stitching makes me very happy because it is a great way to relieve stress and relax. My family and I love to display our pieces in our home. This is a piece my oldest sister, Emily, recently did and it hangs in our laundry room. I do not like to fold clothes so whenever I go into the laundry room to fold clothes I always look at this cross-stitch. It
serves two purposes. It firstly makes me happy to think that it is something so personal that my sister made. I think it’s fascinating that we can make pieces like this. Cross-stitches are very time consuming, but are worth it when they are completed. This cross-stitch also encourages me to fold the clothes because I don’t want to be “Naked Tomorrow”.
Today I went to visit my grandmother for the first time since my grandfather died. I know she has been struggling with being in her home without him after being together for so many years. I was trying to think of a way I could cheer her up. I decided I would make her a useful gift that would allow her to think of me and maybe take her mind off my grandfather. I made her this dish cloth with the letter “R” on it for our last name. She always has a dish cloth hanging on her stove and whenever she picks this one up she will think of me and the great times we have spent together. Hopefully she will also think about how much I love her.
Everything we read, listen to, and watch has an author or creator and cross-stitches are the same way. The person who makes the cross-stitch has the right to own his/her work. Most people who cross-stitch put their initials at the bottom to show who created that piece. I personally put my initials at the bottom of all the pieces I do to claim ownership of them. I also like to think that the pieces I do will someday be passed on to my family and they can remember who did that cross-stitch by the initials on it.
Whenever I am cross-stitching I sometimes ask myself why I cross-stitch. I finally figured out the answer after cross-stitching for many years. This hobby of mine is a way for me to de-stress. When I am anxious or nervous about school it helps me to take some time to relax. Cross-stitching allows me to relax and get my mind off of whatever is weighing on my mind. When I sit down at my desk to cross-stitch it feels like I go to another world. Nothing matters anymore except the project. I gotcha whole heartedly on that project until it’s time to get back to real life. This hobby has saved me from quite a few mental breakdowns by allowing me to escape to another place and be happy for a bit.
My grandmother and most of my family are very religious people. So when my mom saw this cross-stitch in the store she said she thought of my grandmother immediately. She bought the cross-stitch and decided she would make it for her and give it to her as a gift.
My mom made this cross-stitch in 1990 before I was born, and it has been hanging in my grandparents home ever senses. This cross-stitch has been hanging in the same place in my grandparents’ house for as long as I can remember.
Like most people these days I have Facebook and I follow pages that are about things I am interested in. I follow a few pages about cross-stitching and a few days ago I saw a post about cross-stitching on smartphones. It sounded like a great idea for me because I would finally be able to cross-stitch anywhere I went without bringing all my stuff.
I decided I would give it a try and download an app called Cross-Stitch World. The first cross-stitch I did on my smartphone was a kitten and I spent 2 hours working on it before I finished it. I think this is a good place for a beginner to learn the process of how a cross-stitch is done. On the other hand, though I do not think that it is useful for people to learn how to cross stitch. The app does not help you learn how to do the different stitches or the other numerous techniques associated with cross-stitching. I enjoyed the time I spent cross-stitching on this app, but I do not think it is beneficial when learning to cross-stitch.