Stitch Therapy

Discovering me … one stitch at a time

Discovery

Many, many moons ago, I went to art school. I loved to draw and would tote my sketch book everywhere I went. That’s what art students did (in addition to wearing flannel shirts and Doc Martens— it was the 90s, after all). I ended up majoring in Industrial Design, because though I was an art student, I was still practical. Major in Design, I told myself. You can get a good job in Design, my parents said. But really, I just loved to draw.

So I graduated and got a good job in Design (designing washing machines, of all things!), and the years passed, and I had many good jobs, and got lots of promotions, and eventually there wasn’t much drawing anymore, and I told myself that I didn’t really care or miss it.

And I didn’t really miss it, until lately.

It’s funny that when I started cross stitching (and this little ol’ blog) three years ago, I didn’t realize what an impact it would have on my life. Something about the slow steady process of cross stitching opened up the floodgates of self exploration for me. Maybe all those hours sitting there stitching, with only my thoughts for company, got things percolating in my head. Somewhere inside of me, the idealistic art student started to feel stifled by the frustrated Corporate Creative Director.

Suddenly I wanted to create all kinds of things; with thread, in the kitchen, through music, in the garden, and even… maybe… drawing again? (eek!)  It’s scary to even say (write) that out loud. Weird and crazy and kinda neat, right?

So after many, many years I am cracking open a sketchbook, and picking up a pencil, and seeing what these (rusty) sketching fingers can do.

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And isn’t it funny that flannel is back in style again?

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8 Comments

  1. Very sweet post. I’m studying art history in college and I’m afraid that I won’t find a job within my major after I graduate. Hopefully, I’ll still maintain the same excitement for art regardless.

  2. I loved your work in school. You were one of THE best! I LOVE your sketches. They’re so elegant and a touch wistful. Can’t wait to see more.

  3. Thanks for the nice comment. I feel like the lessons that I learned in art history apply to so many things. Good luck with your studies!

  4. Thank you! That means a lot because I totally thought YOU were one of the best!!!

  5. Beautiful! Hope to see more drawing pics! 🙂

  6. Thanks Amy! 🙂

  7. Wow! Those flowers are so beautiful! You are very talented! I am so glad you are exploring this part of you again and can’t wait to see what you sketch next.

  8. Thanks Ginny! 🙂

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