The past few months I've been busy stitching and designing. It's been a great way to relax, stretch my achey, unused design muscles both in a ridged way (customer work) and in a freeing way (designing my own patterns).
I feel very fortunate to have taken the leap into doing this in my spare time and to have people wanting their own piece of art made by me.
Here is a small sampling of some of the stitch people portraits I have had the pleasure to create.
So far, since I started Two Little Kits, I have created 18 portraits and currently have 2 in the works. They range from 1 to 9 characters and each one is so different from any of the others.
Making something with my hands, working on something that's portable & not digital, being creative; it's great.
Creating stitch people has been exactly what I needed at this moment in my life.
I have "met" new people through online communities who also do their own stitch people and it's wonderful to see others' ideas and finished results. I like to think I inspire others as well 😁
I am not terribly quiet about it, but it's not widely known. I have suffered from depression and anxiety for a long time and since I had my youngest daughter (now almost 2.5yo) it became worse. She was a rather tough baby for the first 7 months of her life and trudging through it day after day took me to a dark place, mentally.
It's been a long journey to get to where I am today and it's no where near finished. But cross stitching -both making stitch people portraits and designing patterns- has been a welcome distraction and healing process.
What do you do to relax? If you also cross stitch, do you find it helps to improve your mental health? Let me know in the comment section below ❤️