Why I Love Cross Stitch

{{sigh}} Cross-stitching. It’s one of my favorite past times and a hobby that’s earned me a little money in the past. It’s what I do to unwind. Some people are intimidated by its intricacy. Most are frustrated by the process. Others are irritated by how long it takes to complete a project. But I happen to love every aspect of cross-stitch.

I took up cross-stitch when I was in college. It was just something to pass the time on my sleepy little college campus. Cross-stitching is way more fun and relaxing than I ever thought it would be. It’s also quite educational. In fact, I’ve learned a few things about cross-stitching that I’d like to pass on.

First of all, when cross-stitching, there is always a pattern that must be followed. The pattern can be part of a cross-stitch kit, it can come from a book, or it can be something that the artist/hobbyist creates on his or her own. However, if the person wants their project to look like a work of art, they must stick to (and follow) the pattern. Suppose the cross-stitching individual decides to do his own thing or to create a project without the aid of a pattern; the finished project would not be worth mentioning. Or suppose that he had a pattern, but he set it aside to finish the work on his own because he thought he knew more than the creator of the pattern. In such a case, the finished project would turn out to be a disaster and would not look anything like it was supposed to.

Secondly, though cross-stitch is very stress-relieving and relaxing, the cross-stitcher must focus and be very attentive. She must constantly refer back to the pattern to ensure that what she’s stitching is what was printed. When she cross-stitches it is inevitable that she will make a mistake sooner or later – regardless of how good she is at what she does. However, if she is constantly referring to the pattern, she will catch her mistake early. Doing so will enable her to undo the wrong stitches, correct the mistake and start again. Unfortunately, if she’s not paying attention to what she’s doing and only seldom refers to the pattern, she’ll make a mistake that is too huge to correct. When that happens she shouldn’t get discouraged or give up on the project; she should simply find a way to incorporate her mistake into the project. There’s always the chance that no one else will even know that the beautiful, finished project actually contains a mistake.

Thirdly, when cross-stitchinh, it is very important to find both the center of the pattern and the center of the cloth and work toward the outside. If one starts at the top, bottom, or one of the sides, the design will be off centered, lopsided and very hard to frame. In addition to that, there’s a chance that the cross-stitcher will end up running out of room and won’t have enough space to finish the project.

Last and most important, when doing a counted cross stitch, one starts with a blank Aida cloth and several feet of floss, but he ends up with a masterpiece worthy to be framed.

I’ve often wondered what it was about cross-stitching that made me love it so much, and one day it hit me. Cross-stitching reminds me of my heavenly Father. There are so many parallels between cross stitching and a person’s relationship with God that it is uncanny.

First of all, God has a pattern for each of us to follow – a specific will for each and every one of our lives. In order for us to find out what that will is, we must be in constant communication with Him and follow the Pattern as outlined in his Word. If we decide that we know more than he does so that we go our own way and do our own thing, our lives will end in disaster. Instead of the wonderful life He’s planned for us, we’ll have a big huge catastrophe with which to live.

Secondly, we can’t just sit back and float through the life God’s given us. We must constantly refer to his Pattern and communicate with Him so that we know that we’re on the right track. Even if we are perfectly in tune with Him, there are times when we may make mistakes, but if we’re always referring to the Pattern, we’ll be able to catch our mistakes. God will reveal where we’ve gone wrong and we will have a chance to start over once we’ve made those wrongs right. But if we’re in our own worlds doing our own things, we won’t know when we’ve gone wrong, and we’ll make huge mistakes that we can’t correct. Those aren’t times for us to give up on our walk with God or totally get discouraged. We should give our mistakes to God allowing Him to incorporate them into His pattern for our lives.

God works on us from the inside out. He starts with our center – our heart – first. After our heart and spirit are in tune with him, we’re able to do what he needs us to do. If he worked on the outside first, we’d be a huge mess.

Finally when we come to Jesus, we have absolutely nothing, but He takes our nothing and makes something beautiful out of it.

As I cross-stitch, I remember that God is working on me the same way that I’m working on my project. The way I see it, the cloth is my life. The floss is my testimony and legacy. I am the needle, and God is the stitcher.

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glmclendon 4 years ago

Good read. I like the way you laid this out. I agree God has a plan for our life. You made it so plain.

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Pamela-anne 4 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Love the comparisons with God and cross-stiching really enjoyed your hub. take care pam.

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Cherrietgee 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Thanks, Pamela-anne! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Wind 22 months ago

At last, soneome comes up with the "right" answer!

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