#tessandthorntribe

We are women who believe in lifting others, being open to difference and protecting our planet. To live mindfully and creatively. We also actively seek healthy outlets to relieve stress and want to encourage others to join us on this adventure by way of needlepoint.

Needlepoint provides creative empowerment as every piece is a collaborative art work. 

The repetitive nature of stitching is therapeutic and grounding acting as a healthy outlet for relieving stress. Ultimately, it allows us to unplug and revitalize an endangered art form. It is a way to visually meditate and create something that will last for generations. For these reasons, we call this journey soul stitching. 

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Basically, we’re just two young women on a mission to feed an age of addiction with some fresh threads and some soul stitching. 

Regardless of how you choose to jump start your week, it is another week. The beginning of a fresh set of seven days. Seven opportunities to live creatively and open some of those “what if” boxes you keep shoving in the corner. Seven opportunities to start filling your life with magic and keep your stress at bay. Seven opportunities to either take up needlepoint for the first time or tackle that project you haven't touched in over a year.

It is not difficult to discover that millennials and beyond have an addiction worthy relationship with technology. For many of us, it’s part of the job description and others, it’s an effective way to pass time or avoid awkward eye contact on the T. Each day, many of us spend countless hours thumbing through miles worth of content. Feeds on feeds on feeds, amiright? Your brain processes insane amounts of information. While often times, this input of information can be useful, in reality, for most, it is merely out of habit or social anxiety. This socially contrived dependency to the outside world can be equally destructive as it is beneficial. Even the "blue light" emitted from your LED display has an impact on your psyche and your circadian rhythms (unless you have Night Shift), having a direct correlation to why you're having trouble sleeping at night.

So, our recommendation to you, is to start your week with some soul stitching. The repetitive motion of needlepointing can be an incredibly beneficial (and productive) aspect of your daily routine. In fact, I find that after a day or two away from my projects allows tension to resurface.

Tess & THorn's Ten Reasons to Stitch

Therefore, in case you need a little push, I give you….. da ta da da! Ten reasons to pay tribute to your grandmother’s generation.

1. Get ahead of the craft phase! You may have noticed that adult coloring books are EVERYWHERE and knitting has become the new book club. Grab some friends, brew some coffee or open a bottle of wine, put the phones in a basket and have your own gatherings, or what my mother likes to call "Stitch n B*itch." What happens in the The Stitchuation Room stays in The Stitchuation Room.

2. Creating hand made gifts for a loved one is an ideal way to express your love and celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, baby showers, graduations, winter holidays, or just to show you're thinking about them. Made with love in every stitch.

3. Enhances critical thinking while fine tuning your hand eye coordination and patience, connecting your head, your heart and your hands. On bed rest or recovering from an ACL surgery? Needlepoint is a perfect outlet to help you feel creatively empowered and micro active when the doctor says to rest. 

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4. Free your mind: Because the design is painted for you, all you have to do is follow the pattern. The repetitive motion doesn't require too much attention so you can either focus on your surroundings or unpack your train of thought. We like to think of it as stitch by colors.

5. Keeps your stress at bay by stitching for even fifteen minutes a day. By incorporating needlepoint into your daily routine allows you to set aside some time each day relax while tackling some tension in a healthy way.

6. Productive past time: In fact, Sally Field taught Julia Roberts to needlepoint on the set of Steel Magnolias. She and Cameron Diaz are known celebrities to creatively craft away time between takes.

7. Create your own couture and be your own interior designer. Stitch up a gorgeous one-of-a-kind handbag, upholster your masterpiece onto an antique wing chair or ottoman, fashion an envy worthy pillow for your first apartment. The possibilities are endless! We guarantee it’s the DIY you’ll wanna try!

8. Honor the past, create for the future. One of my many favorite things about visiting my family's cottage on Lake Michigan is playing cards and snuggling up to the needlepoint pillows my grandmother, Mame, made with her own two hands. The cottage isn't the same since Mame has passed, yet her love and memory is everywhere, particularly in the pillows and signs sprinkled around the cottage. 

9. Needlepoint is fairly endangered. Although it has withstood time as a technical derivative from the Ancient Egyptians, it has lost its groove and we are on a mission to change that. Who's with us? Let's collaborate! Pssssst! Check out works from our stitchers below!

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10. Needlepoint is the missing piece to achieving eternal Hygge, pronounced (Hoo-gah). After years of talking with friends either from or who have been to Denmark, the underlying theme was the concept of Hygge. What is Hygge? It does not directly translate to English, but it is more or less, the art of getting and being cozy.  According to The Little Book of Hygge by CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, Copenhagen, "The Danes are famously the happiest people in the world, and hygge is a cornerstone of their way of life. [It] loosely translates as a sense of comfort, togetherness and well-being. You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right. It is about gratitude and savoring the simple pleasures in life. In short, it is the pursuit of everyday happiness." Whether you feel homesick, are feeling down or have a long layover, needlepoint is the ultimate outlet in seeking and achieving hygge. On a staycation? Light some candles, listen to one of our playlists and stitch your own adventure!

Live creatively and be kind to one another.

And with that, I'll leave you with a passage from Elizabeth Gilbert's new book, Big Magic. Gilbert is world renowned for her book, Eat, Pray, Love and her Ted Talk, The Elusive Creative Genius.

xo, Brooke & Tess

 


Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?

... I believe this is one of the oldest and most generous tricks the universe plays on us human beings, both for its own amusement and for ours:

The universe buries strange jewels within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them...

A creative life is an amplified life.
— Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

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We love showing off work by our amazing stitchers! Check out work below for inspiration for your own Tess & Thorn creations!