I’ve gone through periods like this many times over the 19 years since I first learnt to stitch. Periods of time where I didn’t pick up a needle at all. Maybe I had been working on a big project and gotten sick of it, maybe I didn’t have any new patterns that were leaping off the shelf shouting “stitching me now”. They’d last 6 months or so (longer if I was doing something else crafty) and then I’d pick up the needle again and start stitching. I usually replaced stitching with something else – lots of reading (back in the days before I discovered audiobooks, and before they were so readily available) or scrapbooking or other creative pursuits.
However this was the first time in a long time that one of these “lulls” had taken over, and certainly the first since I’d started designing my own patterns. As I said earlier it was probably the result of feeling a bit burnt-out, both from Convention prep, and from my full-time job. I just wasn’t in a productive, crafty mood, and I wasn’t sure how to get back there.
Thankfully, three things happened at the end of year which got me my mojo back:
- My brother sent me a message asking for a customised pattern
- A friend had a birthday
- School holidays started.
|Rocky Horror Picture Show cross stitch pattern|
available from my Etsy store.
|The customised piece stitched by my brother. |
He did an amazing job.
|Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy cross stitch|
available from my Etsy Store.
|The piece I stitched for my friend.|
And so I found my stitching mojo again. I have finished so many new pieces over the last couple of months. I have listed so many new patterns I’m going to have to re-print my Convention catalogues. More importantly, I want to stitch. Yes I still spend time playing on my phone (my mother got me addicted to PokemonGo over Christmas) but I’m also spending at least an hour (or 2 or 3) each night stitching, and I’m feeling happy and relaxed again.
Now to work on my social media mojo… but that’s a whole other story.