There are oodles of good reasons to pick up needlepoint as a hobby. Of course, I may be a little biased. 😉
My “whys” for stitching are pretty simple, though…
- It provides me with a creative outlet.
- It helps me to relax.
- It’s something that I can do just about anywhere at any time.
And with this wackadoodle world we’re living in right now, I couldn’t be more grateful for my beloved hobby.
Have you ever thought about how needlepoint provides you with a creative outlet, too? I hear – all the time – from my students – that they aren’t creative enough to choose their own stitches and threads for projects. But you know what? They’re wrong. EVERYONE is creative!
The definition of creative is “to have the quality or power of creating”. So, if needlepoint is already your hobby, then you’re creative. Because when you’re stitching, you’re creating. And if needlepoint isn’t your hobby yet – well, my friend, you’re in the right place. I can help you learn. 😉
Needlepoint gives you a creative outlet, even if you’re stitching a canvas entirely in basketweave.
How so? Because when you choose a canvas, you’re expressing your personal taste or style. For example, I L-O-V-E just about anything French – and many of the canvases in my stash reflect that. In contrast, my friend Dot loves all things Asian, so she has oodles of finished projects depicting Japanese fans, kimonos, geishas, and the like. You can get a sense of who each of us is by looking at the canvases we choose to stitch, so that makes it a form of creative expression.
And when you actually stitch your canvases…
well – that’s when you can really let your imagination run wild. Think about how your thread and stitch choices reflect your personality. Whether you opt to stitch a canvas in basketweave with wool thread or pull out all the stops and add oodles of texture and dimension by using canvas embroidery stitches and novelty threads, your selections channel your unique “you-ness”.
How you opt to finish your canvases also gives us a peek into what sets you apart from everyone else on the planet.
Do you like knife-edge pillows with twisted cording – or do you prefer pillows with oodles of ruffles or fancy fringe and tassels? Still think you’re not a creative person? Well, you are! Anytime you make a decision – any decision – about a project, you’re expressing your extraordinary self. And that, my friend, is creativity in spades!
Another reason I love to do needlepoint is that it helps me to relax.
I especially find basketweave projects meditative. The rhythmic back and forth motions of stitching are soothing to me. And stitching keeps my mind occupied with pleasant thoughts, like which color I get to work with next. I think everyone should have at least one basketweave project to work on all the time. And that’s reason enough for ANYBODY to pick up needlepoint as a hobby right now.
With the wonders of technology, needlepoint doesn’t have to be such a solitary hobby anymore, either. In fact, just last week, I started a really fun virtual stitching circle where we can gather together online. It’s called Stitching with Ellen. It’s absolutely free and I’d love to have you join me. Click here to sign up now.
(And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention The Stitcher’s Club, my online resource center for all things needlepoint.)
Needlepoint is the kind of hobby that you can take with you everywhere you go.
Right now, we’re not venturing outside of our homes too much, but that’ll change soon. I just know, in my heart of hearts, that we’re gonna flatten that curve sooner rather than later. 😉
Of course, you can’t take every kind of project with you, but you can certainly pop small portable projects in your bag. My all-time favorite “on-the-go” needlepoint projects are Christmas ornaments and belts. Heck, I sometimes spend more time planning and packing my travel projects than I do packing my clothes. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who does that!)
So, now that I’ve made my case for why needlepoint is my favorite hobby, I’d love to hear from you! Why is it your favorite hobby?
Tell me in the comments below and I’ll add your name to my fishbowl for this month’s drawing (Tuesday, March 31) for some needlepoint goodies. 🙂
Alrighty – that’s all for now, my friend.
Have a terrific rest of your day and, until next time,