Relieve the stress of confinement with cross stitch

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As we enter our fourth week of full lockdown, many of us are looking for new ways to occupy our time.

It’s the perfect opportunity to start a new hobby we’ve always dreamed of, whether it’s dancing, cooking or learning a language.

If you’re the crafty type, you might want to try cross-stitching. It’s a nice and relaxing activity to do in the evening while watching TV or even in the garden. Plus, it’s incredibly easy with potentially fabulous results! Here’s everything you need to know about the recent cross-stitch craze.

What exactly is cross stitch?

Cross stitch is a simple type of embroidery. It involves using X-shaped dots on gridded fabric to form pictures and shapes. The stitching follows a pattern on an easily countable fabric such as aida fabric. Other types of stitches can also be used, but it takes its name from an actual “cross stitch“.

How can I learn it at home?

You can learn cross stitch easily at home during lockdown. There are tons of guides and tutorials to learn cross stitch online.

On YouTube there is a whole community of embroiderers, who call themselves “Flosstubers” (embroidery thread is known as “floss”).

Where can I buy the necessary material?

Sales of cross stitch kits are exploding right now, as it’s a craze that really kicks off as people get bored at home.

You can buy kits (with a pattern and embroidery hoop included) online at places like vibes and scribes in Cork or from Etsywhere you will also find plenty more yarn, needles and anything else you might want or need.

Nothing else?

Get creative with this! The last decade has seen “subversive cross-stitch” as a trend, where women have stitched funny or modern sayings and mottoes amidst traditional floral designs.

There are many paid and free patterns online, so browse through them before settling on your cross stitch masterpiece. You might even be bold enough to try designing your own.

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