Why Do People Love Embroidery?
Embroidery is one of the most popular crafting hobbies, with plenty of people deciding to pick up an embroidery set for the first time every day. If you’re looking around for a new crafting hobby to get to grips with (and there has never been a better time!), embroidery could be the perfect choice, but to help you make the best possible decision, it’s time to take a look at why people love embroidery.
When you’re comfortable with some of the basic skills and tools that embroidery uses, whole worlds of different types of projects open up for you. Surface embroidery can be practised on any fabric surface that will hold stitches, so you can express yourself not just on specially bought embroidery cloth, but on clothing and even furniture. This allows you to be extra-creative and decorate and reimagine existing objects, either using embroidery designs to make a plain item more exciting or disguise damage and repairs, upcycling old clothes!
You can also work on intricate cross-stitch patterns that require you to follow instructions and count each thread in a specially bought even-weave fabric to reproduce the pattern with perfect accuracy, whether it’s a pattern you’ve designed yourself or bought from hobby supply shop.
While many crafts are practised alone, they can also be the foundation of a whole social circle. There’s a long tradition of knitting and sewing groups, and while they’re often perceived as being exclusively the domain of older women, in reality many groups welcome a diverse crowd, united by their shared love of the craft. Some groups simply share skills, insights and encouragement, while others unite to work on large scale projects, with everyone contributing their time to produce a small part of an impressive whole.
Crafting hobbies like embroidery can also be good for your mental health! Everyone needs an outlet for stress and anxiety that’s not connected to their job or others responsibilities. Working on an embroidery project gives you a sense of achievement that you don’t rely on anyone else for, the opportunity for creative self expression, something you can focus on to help you exclude the worries that are causing you stress.
For some it goes further: the intricate, repetitive actions of stitching a needlepoint pattern make a good focus for people who practice mindful meditation. While breathing is traditionally used to focus the mind and detach the meditator from their negative thoughts, any repetitive physical action can help, and embroidery could be a great choice for you!