Last Friday, my friend, Elizabeth, asked me why I like to do needlepoint. Instinctively, I said “well, my grandmother taught me when I was 9 and it’s just something I’ve always done”. But the more I thought about her question, the more I realized that my answer wasn’t really an answer at all.
Since then, I’ve come up with the top 8 reasons I do needlepoint…
1. Needlepoint is my creative escape.
I love letting my imagination run wild when I first begin to plan a project. Brainstorming different threads and stitches that can bring a flat painted canvas to life lights me up. And all those gorgeous threads and sparkly beads and baubles? Oh my – be still my heart!
2. Needlepoint helps preserve my sanity.
It’s something that I can do to temporarily escape from life’s daily challenges. Stitching for just 20 minutes every day can make a HUGE difference in my disposition. In fact, focusing my attention on making something pretty magically transports me into my own little artistic cocoon where I can restore my creative spirit
3. Needlepoint keeps my mind sharp.
Learning decorative stitches helps establish new neural pathways in your brain. Did you know that? And making those stitches fit into the different spaces on your canvas, well – that makes for some real cognitive calisthenics.
4. Needlepoint gives me a sense of accomplishment.
Having something beautiful to show for the time I’ve invested is a real “winner winner chicken dinner” in my book. I mean, come on… who doesn’t love the feeling of “I made that!” 😉
5. Needlepoint is my relaxation.
When I get stressed, I pull out a project and start stitching. Immediately (if not sooner – teehee), I feel more calm and centered. And I’ve even noticed that when I stitch at night, I’m able to unwind and get to sleep more quickly than if I watch television before going to sleep.
6. I love to share my love of needlepoint with others.
Working with my students by helping them choose the best stitches and threads for their canvases, showing them new embellishment techniques, and assisting them with mastering the fundamentals of needlepoint so that their stitching goes more smoothly – all of those things bring me so much joy!
7. The history of needlepoint is fascinating.
From the ancient Egyptians stitching their tents together to Mary, Queen of Scots hiding secret messages in her handiwork – I love the feeling that I am helping perpetuate a tradition that has been passed down through the generations. And I can hardly wait to teach my new granddaughter – just like my Granny taught me!
8. Needlepoint is more than just a hobby to me – it is integral to who I am!
It’s true that I’ve been stitching since I was 9, so my initial answer was, on the surface, correct. But when I really think about it, needlepoint (and embroidery) are part of my DNA. I am a maker at heart and I get so much joy from creating things with my own two hands.
So, why do YOU needlepoint? I’d love to know. Tell me in the comments below.
And if you’re thinking about picking needlepoint up as a hobby, be sure to check out my brand new special event happening in January. It’s called Needlepoint Boot Camp and it’s designed to help stitchers get the basics of needlepoint down pat. We’re going to have oodles of F U N, so whether you’re new to needlepoint, are self taught, or have just been away from it for a while, I’m here to help you establish a solid foundation for your needlepoint hobby. 😉
Alrighty – that’s all for now, my friend! Have a wonderful week and I’ll see you again next time.
Until then, happy stitching!!