Cross-stitching has a bad rap for being a dusty grandma craft (apologies to all the grandmas out there). But in recent years, cross-stitch has evolved into all sorts of genres. There’s nerdy cross-stitch, profanity-ridden cross-stitch, activism cross-stitch, and that barely scratches the surface. Basically, if you can dream it, there’s probably a cross-stitch pattern out there for it.
I learned to cross-stitch about 3 years ago. An old co-worker and I were trying to get together to catch up, but we were sick of the usual “grab drinks” meet-up after work. First, it gets expensive to drink in LA. Second, we wanted to be able to actually hear what was going on with each other. So we decided to do a craft night.
I didn’t have any particular craft project I was working on so she told me she would pick up supplies for us to do some cross-stitch. All I had to do was pick a pattern and send it to her so she could buy the correct colors.
I went with a small Christmas pattern. She showed up at my place that evening, arms full of hoops and thread and needles, and within one viewing of The Wedding Singer, she had taught me to cross-stitch.
I was immediately hooked. It’s so therapeutic to find a craft that has a repetitive motion (have you read about how knitting helps with depression and anxiety?). Besides that, it is so accessible. The supplies are not expensive, they don’t take up much space, and the patterns available to you on the internet are so vast.
But I needed to learn how to create my own patterns. Within a week of that first cross-stitch project, I had ordered a pattern designing program and opened my etsy shop with digital download patterns for sale.
But I still couldn’t full scratch that itch. And meanwhile, I had finished taking a few Surface Pattern designs on Skillshare. Skillshare is a fantastic online learning site that has classes on just about everything. My favorite thing about Skillshare is that each class has to have a project, so when you are learning, you have something that you can actually apply that knowledge to.
After taking a few classes with them, Skillshare reached out to me about teaching my own course. I had no idea what I was doing, but I jumped with both feet, and created this Learn to Cross-Stitch: Beginner Basics course. In the class, I walk you through everything you need to get started, provide 3 different patterns to choose from (a slice of pizza, a popcicle, or a vinyl record), and all the skills necessary to finish your 3 inch piece.
Then you can easily hang them on your wall! Here’s a shot of our office – aka the corner of our dining room.
And if you use this link you will get 2 free months of Skillshare premium! Honestly, the way I first heard about Skillshare was through another blog and used a similar code. I have been a Skillshare premium member ever since.
Now get to learning!