Crafting During the Pandemic

You may have already seen this article from April, but I figured it was worth sharing.

Titled “How Crafting Can Help Ease Pandemic Anxiety,” it says what I know just about all stitchers already know. The work we do with our hands is so very important to us as individuals on so many different levels.

The author writes:

“I’ve turned to old-fashioned crafts in recent weeks to calm my anxieties, to hold something tangible in my hands and my thoughts while uncertainty swirls around me. “

I will, of course, argue with her adjective of “old-fashioned” since what we do, whether it be stitching or quilting or knitting (what she mentions most), are most certainly fresh and relevant and important in the present, not just a relic of the past. That said, for an article trying to explain the feelings and the desire to create to a larger audience, she makes all the right points. While we don’t need a pandemic to know this, I think all stitchers find a comfort in their work on a daily basis. For some, it is an escape; others call it something closer to meditation.

She ends with this:

“Above all, they show creation. To crochet, or to knit, or to block out an image in cross-stitch or needlepoint, is both to make something and to make sense of it, turning a slack piece of string into something with recognizable function and form. All of us amateur crafters alone in our rooms are filling our empty spaces, each shaping a single tenuous strand into something with strength and body. We are making something lasting out of solitude.”

Indeed.

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Published by worksbyabc

There is nothing that comforts me more than putting needle and thread to fabric or canvas. I've been stitching since I was a teenager, exploring all types of needlework - cross stitch, canvaswork, counted thread techniques like blackwork and Hardanger...you name it. All these years of stitching have led to my own design business. Most of my designs are cross stitch patterns, but I have also enjoyed creating beginner level canvaswork designs and blackwork patterns as well.

One thought on “Crafting During the Pandemic

  1. I definitely agree. Stitching has been a real source of comfort over the last few months. The writer clearly hasn’t see much modern work though if they think it is old fashioned!

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