I think all crafters have their "go-to" crafty work that they love, and they may even have it with them constantly in their bag, or in their car, or at the office.
For me, it was cross-stitch before I really got into sewing, embroidery of all kinds, knitting, tag making, scrapbooking and cardmaking. And no matter where I am, I always have little squares of aida cloth and floss with me. If I'm sitting in a waiting room, or stuck in a line--I'm that crazy lady who'd rather stitch than look at her phone like the rest of the world.
To stitch little hearts, I don't need a pattern, it's the same heart every time. Although the first time I stitched this heart pattern it was a wall hanging with many hearts in different color combos--which is very cute, by the way, I realized at some point I could stitch one at a time, on one little square and applique it to anything and any design.
The things my cross-stitch hearts go on:
That's a lot for some little stashy hearts!
|little art quilt|
|patchwork for a quilt|
|this became a pillow|
My little hearts really do come from stash, because the aida cloth squares are always cut from leftovers...I have a huge stash of DMC floss (read here about the floss lover)...and I don't know if there is a more inexpensive hobby than embroidery! As I always say, it's yoga, it's therapy, and it makes me happy. That's what you need in this busy, complicated world! Happy heart week. Put that phone down and stitch a little.
Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch