Recent studies have shown that sewing can actually help you relieve stress and lower your blood pressure.
Wow. I know I love stitching...in fact I don't think a day goes by that I don't thread a needle for some reason. So I thought I would share my favorite reasons to thread a needle...just for fun. (And by the way, my blood pressure was 120 over 70 yesterday.)
1. Sewing can be so creative. So...sew creatively!
2. Sometimes, it's just necessary--repairing that hole in your daughter's dearly loved shirt.
|A little pink needle book--stitched quickly together.|
3. It gives variety to life: sewing pieces of fabric together...cross-stitching...embroidery...sewing patches of knit squares together to keep you colorfully warm...quilting...mixed media stitching...sewing on paper for scrapbooking...so many ways to stitch!
4. Stitching gives you a little control in a big crazy world. You pick the thread. You guide the needle.
5. Sewing has a magical way of lifting away cares and offering some peace.
6. Make a doll for a child...you'll never stop sewing.
7. Take a few little squares of fat soft felt, and some hot pink DMC floss...embroider a flower on the front, sew the three squares together down one side, and you have a little needlebook--buy some of those gold embroidery needles to tuck into it. A little bit o happiness. Perfect gift to tuck into a card!
8. Cross-stitch a heart and feel the love.
9. Make friends. An old-fashioned sewing circle...a workshop...a class at church...meet your fellow bloggers who love to stitch! Get together and make girlie aprons!
10. Teach a friend. Meet for coffee, give her a needlebook you made for her, and give her a gift that keeps on giving.
|Inside the little pink needle book.|
|Beginning work on a bunny peep cross-stitch.|
Oh and a bonus:
11. Quality alone time. There's nothing like sitting on a sunporch, a sleepy cat at your feet, ice tea, your thoughts, and your stitching.