Stitch Your Troubles Away

Life is hard. Lately the world seems especially off its rocker. This is a little reminder that the act of stitching is especially therapeutic and can really bring your levels of stress down. The benefits of stabbing a needle through fabric is notoriously therapeutic, akin to meditation.

I can attest firsthand to how much it helps relieve my stress, depression and ANXIETY. It’s all about FLOW-there’s just something magical about engaging your hands in stitching that lets your brain roam free. That’s one reason I constantly remind you that it’s not about perfection-who really cares how the back of your stitching looks or if you’re “doing it right”?

Stitching is all about the journey and the journey is a relaxing one. It’s good for stress, health, aging, everything. On top of that, I believe happiness comes through gratitude and giving, and nothing is quite as fun as gifting someone with your finished work–especially if it really cracks them up. Think about the last time someone gave you something handmade that made your day not only because it was funny–they thought of you and spent their free time creating something especially with you in mind. That kind of kindness means so much more than a store-bought card. It’s a true gift (especially if it’s a valentine).

This is the whole reason I started Subversive Cross Stitch. It’s art therapy, it’s surprisingly soothing, and the end result puts a smile on other peoples’ faces. What’s better than that?

There are so many articles out there and more coming out every day. Here’s a quote for starters:

“Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say. It may also ease stress, increase happiness and protect the brain from damage caused by aging.”

Read the whole article here. (CNN)
And here’s another. (New York Times)
And another. (Martha Stewart)
One more. (Washington Post)
And a TED talk.

Spoil yourself with a little self care and something to stitch. And, remember, the world is still more good than bad.
xo
j.

2020 Tiny Pricks Project Calendars!

It’s here!! 

I’m sure you remember me going on and on about Diana Weymar’s Tiny Pricks Project and encouraging you to submit your own piece. From her site:

Tiny Pricks is a public art project created and curated by Diana Weymar. Contributors from around the world are stitching Donald Trump’s words into textiles, creating the material record of his presidency and of the movement against it.

Tiny Pricks Project holds a creative space in a tumultuous political climate. The collection counterbalances the impermanence of Twitter and other social media, and Trump’s statements as president through the use of textiles that embody warmth, craft, permanence, civility, and a shared history. The daintiness and integrity of each piece stand in stark contrast to his presidency.

It’s really something else, quite therapeutic to stitch his words on vintage handkerchiefs or fabric. Diana has had a few gallery shows and has taken all of the pieces to several places to exhibit. Plus she provides materials for people to join in and stitch on site! She’s also gotten some amazing press–you  may have read about the project in the New Yorker!

 

And the calendar! It’s just gorgeous and I think it will help you get through 2020. There are more photos on the calendar page and on Diana’s site. I’ll also be adding extra images on social media, so stay tuned to Instagram.

 

And get your calendar today before they’re gone! A full year of therapy. 😉