Chapter Six: Free Your Mind
7 Reasons to Take up Needlepoint
Good Morning Friends,
As you read this, some of you may be sitting down at your desk, with your trusty Monday morning coffee in the biggest mug you could find. Some of you may be riding the T into work trying to look busy next to that cutie you may or may not have seen at a Kentucky Derby Happy Hour this past weekend. Some of you may be wiping off this past weekend’s formal make up, deciding whether or not to watch last night’s Game of Thrones before studying for exams. And some of you may be starting off your week, inviting it with open arms after meditating and entertaining your muses.
Regardless of how you choose to jump start you 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. I myself cannot sit through a movie without being tempted to flip through a range of social media platforms. Each day, many of us spend countless hours thumbing through miles worth of content. From feeds of political rants on Facebook regarding this year's election to Emma Watson wearing sustainable fashion at the Met Gala (you go, girl!), 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 the update), 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.
Therefore, in case you need a little push, I give you seven reasons to pay tribute to your grandmother.
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 away and gos away. 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.
3. Enhances critical thinking while fine tuning your hand eye coordination and patience, connecting your head, your heart and your hands.
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.
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!
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.
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,