Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Preserving Cross Stitch Memories

I think it's important to take the time to preserve important cross stitch memories, since hobbies are such an integral part of our lives. To that end, you may want to consider keeping a detailed cross stitch journal and writing a journal entry (or several!) about each project. You could also create a scrapbook page, a blog entry, or whatever works for you! This can be a wonderful way to commemorate the project and remember the circumstances of your life that surrounded the stitching of a piece. Here are some writing promps to consider:
  • Why did you choose this particular project, and why at this particular time?
  • What is your favorite thing about the piece?
  • What was going on in your life while you were stitching this piece?
  • How does this piece make you feel? What emotions does it generate?
  • What does this piece make you think about? Are there particular memories associated with this project?
  • Are there any special stories associated with this project? For example, if it is a piece for a loved one - what is your favorite thing about that person? What about them is most special to you? What events/stories do you remember most about that person and their presence in your life?
  • What have you learned while stitching this piece? What has changed for you - how are you different now than you were before beginning the project? This can be technical (I learned a new technique or used a new material) or more related to your life as a whole (I'm a more patient person now).
If you have a special way you commemorate a project, I'd love to hear about it!

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