Updated: Sep 3, 2019
1 - CROSS STITCH IS NOT EXPENSIVE
And depending on if you're stitching your own design (free) or downloading an instant PDF from a designer online (usually <$5), the investment remains very cheap to start a new craft or hobby.
2 - YOU CAN CROSS STITCH IN GROUPS or INDIVIDUALLY
Cross stitching can be a social hobby. Invite some of your closest friends over for a stitching party. Eat snacks, drink your favorite beverage and catch up with your besties all while crafting! (Kind of like your friendly book club)
OR if that's not your style, stay in. Grab a drink, movie and a snack. Cuddle up on your couch and enjoy stitching alone. I don't know about you, but sometimes I just need a little "me" time to recharge.
3 - MULTITASKING
Yes, I said multitasking. Cross stitching can be done in silence, with nothing else going on around you. But who wants to do that?
One of the best and most rewarding parts of cross stitching is that you can take it anywhere and enjoy two hobbies at once. You can take it pool side, you can stitch while you're waiting to pick your kids up from school, watch a movie, listen to a podcast, stream a video on YouTube, the list goes on. One of my most favorite things to do is catch up on a TV series after my kids have gone to bed for the night.
And if you really want to know... I'm usually enjoying a glass of Chardonnay and classy reality TV while I stitch.
4 - CROSS STITCH MAKES GREAT GIFTS
I always try to teach my kids that doing for others makes the receiver feel special but it rewards the giver as well. That is also how I feel about cross stitch. I will frequently choose a pattern that makes me think of someone special and I continue to think about that person as I am working the stitches. It brings me much joy to share this craft with others!
5 - CROSS STITCH IS RELAXING
Have you ever had something on your mind and you just need some time to think about it? Maybe a big decision coming up or something stressful at work? I encourage you to grab a quick cross stitch project and get to work!
Honestly, this might be my most favorite benefit from cross stitching because I can sit and stitch for hours and get absolutely lost in thought. The rhythmic sounds and movements associated with each stitch soothe my soul. You can read more about the therapeutic effects of cross stitching on this blog post HERE.
I hope that these 5 (of many) reasons give you the courage to try a little cross stitch project... or maybe a BIG one.
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