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Why Embroidery is More Than Just a Finished Product

Embroidery is a hobby and a craft that goes way beyond just simply creating beautiful designs. It is so much more than a finished piece that you can hang on the wall or prop on the shelf!

In my world of embroidery, it is not just about the destination, but more about the journey. I don’t know about you, but I loveeeee the relaxing, meditative process that comes behind the finished piece. It’s all about savouring the slow progress and finding solace in every stitch.

So, here’s why there is soooo much more to embroidery than just have a finished project at the end.


The joy of slowing down

In our busy world, I often find myself rushing from one task to the next, constantly chasing deadlines and folding clean laundry (amiright?!) Embroidery on the other hand is like a personal invitation (from me, to me) to take a moment and slow down.

You can take a step back, light a candle and savour the meditative process of stitching. It can be a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and stealing the occasional moment can make all the difference to your hectic day!


Embracing the beauty of imperfection

Unlike perhaps other crafts, embroidery has a way of celebrating imperfections! It’s not necessarily about creating flawless finished pieces, it’s about embracing the uniqueness of each stitch, appreciating that every single stitch is hand created, and the overall unique project that you make at the end! Every stitch tells a story, and the story is that you made it with your two hands.

As well as being a meaningful approach to embroidery, it also teaches something valuable for our life generally, don't you think? We should all embrace our flaws, imperfections, and quirks. We're unique, too!

Creating with purpose

One of the questions I’m commonly asked is “but what do you do with all the finished hoops?" All in all, embroidery isn’t just about creating something for the sake of it, and for the finished project at the end. It’s more about infusing your embroidery with intention and meaning, and you do that by slowing down and enjoying the process!

Whether you are embroidering for a gift, creating some art to express yourself, or stitching something for the joy of stitching, you can create with intention and purpose!

Overall, embroidery is sooo much more than the finished product my friends. The best part of embroidery is the journey; the slow stitching, the relaxation and mindfulness and the joy you get from simply creating.

Here is your reminder to allow yourself to slow down, embrace the imperfections and enjoy the meditative action of needle and thread. Next time you pick up your project, take a moment to appreciate the journey you’re taking!

P.S. If you haven’t got a current project on the go, then why not grab a free pattern?

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about sophie

Hey there! I'm an artist, mama, author and online educator who is obsessed with helping other women re-claim their time and creativity through modern embroidery.

Kick off your shoes, get cosy, and let's dive in to the world of embroidery, shall we?