10 Good Reasons to Take Up Cross Stitch

There are a numerous reasons for taking up the beguiling, blue-collar craft of cross stitch, ten of which are shown below. So continue reading then pay a visit to your local craft shop and start your cross stitching career today.

1. Why “blue-collar” you might ask? Well! When compared to most other pastimes, cross stitch is truly inexpensive; there’s no fancy or expensive machinery. When you have bought a kit or the thread and fabric for your own design that’s about it for outlay (well, until you buy the next one anyway). Simple kits start from a couple of dollars and you’re guaranteed something at the end of it to show for your efforts.

2. Whatever you produce, be it a tiny picture of a mere few inches in diameter, or a sampler that stretches the length of your wall, you will always have it to keep. You can even hand it down to your children, thereby creating an heirloom.

3. Even beginners can make cross stitch works that look both beautiful and professional. Starter kits don’t need any previous experience and as you develop your skills you can progress to evermore complex patterns. You will never have to scour the shops for that special gift again.

4. Everything you make will be unique and very personal; the perfect gift for every occasion.

5. Cross stitch is great for stress relief and relaxation. Just sit down with your favorite radio program or CD on and stitch away to your heart’s content.

6. Cross stitch is a truly “portable” hobby. You can stitch while sitting in your armchair watching the TV or alternatively you can take it with you on holiday or on long train journeys. Boredom will surely be a thing of the past.

7. The huge number of cross stitch designs available today means that there will always be something you like, regardless of your ability. Simple designs for beginners incorporate a small number of color threads and very basic stitches so that you don’t need to go and read a manual before you make a start. However, as you progress and learn a few more stitches and techniques you can attempt more complex patterns until you really are the professional cross stitcher.

8. There are literally hundreds of websites that offer free patterns to cross stitch. You will have to buy your own threads and fabric but that is half of the challenge! There is absolutely no way on this earth that you will ever run out of things to cross stitch; it really is a hobby for life.

9. As you become more confident and proficient, you can sell some of your creations so making a bit of pocket money while doing something that you love to do. You can even advertise your talents and design patterns for individual customers. Given a few years you could have a nice little business venture as well as a great hobby.

10. Outdoor hobbies such as hill walking and bird watching aren’t much fun in the rain or in the middle of winter, but cross stitch can be done at any time of the year regardless of the weather. In fact it’s a great feeling to sit in a nice warm, cozy house on a dull winter evening and happily stitch the hours away.

Overall, cross stitch really is a universal hobby anyone can master and if your curiosity does get the better of you, you will undoubtedly become hooked in no time. Historically, cross stitching has a rather vague stigma attached to it as being thought of by many as just a “pensioner” activity. But this couldn’t be further from the truth, people of all ages cross stitch, even teenagers and children… and yes men too! … and hey! If you don’t believe me, have a go yourself, you’ll soon find out why cross stitch really is universally popular.

John Wigham has been a professional author and editor for 20 years and is a co-founder of http://www.patternspatch.com an online cross stitch club dedicated to counted cross stitch. The website has a small team of writers who are devoted to our cross stitch club and enjoy writing about their hobby.

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Scrap Booking and Card Making are Fun and they Spread Good Karma!

My name is Father Time and I have been writing greeting card verses for many years! I have had many card verses published, and then there were those that my publisher rejected, for whatever the reason. My editor once told me that some of my verses were too “overboard.” Anyway, here is a wonderful friendship verse that you can use!

Good for you, I say, to those who are into scrap booking and making greeting cards! This is a wonderfully therapeutic hobby, both for the hobbyist, and also for those who receive these paper creations as gifts! You make their day, and you spread good karma! Bravo!

IF any of you card making experts, ever create a handful of the same card using one of my fantastic verses, and you feel like spreading some good karma, you can mail me a gift of just one of those cards, for my own edification and satisfaction! This article contains my website information, and through my site you can send a message, and obtain a mailing address, where you can mail the card, and I thank you, in advance, if you end up doing this! You will be likely to receive a gift from me in return!

Here is another gift for you scrap booking and card making hobbyists, and I am happy to announce that I just completed and released an e-book…full of awesome card verses that I have written, as well as awesome quotes from famous people, that folks such as you, can use to put inside (and outside) your own homemade cards!



We have been friends for a very long time,

And I just wanted you to know that your friendship…

Means more to me than just about…




Not too many people are fortunate enough

To have an awesome friend like you!


Thanks for all of your caring and thoughtful ways,

And for always being there for me!

I appreciate you as a friend, and am glad to have you as one!

In fact, you’re “one in a million!”

My fabulous website http://www.FatherTimePublishing.com is an awesome women-friendly site that has free recipes, free card verses, free quotes from famous people, and free lottery and lucky numbers that just may help you win something! While we’re at it, you can have a 15% discount with the code: SaveNow

My fabulous Online SuperStore also has tarot cards, good luck charms, amulets, love potions, gift items, books about interesting things such as; astrology, and the “meanings” of dreams! You can even get an over-the-phone tarot reading or a reading via e-mail!

There is even a huge home-study course that you can use to learn how to read tarot cards, and then you can use your new found skills to earn extra cash…but that is another article! Greeting cards…Tarot cards…my mind wanders…(sorry)

Well, here are a couple of great friendship quotes from historic people:

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for our ability to amuse them.”

-Evelyn Waugh

So, that is what I wanted to say to you today and Thank You for reading this awesome website where you found this posting! They really know their stuff around here! Please be sure to read some of the other fantastic materials here!

Best Wishes and Many Blessings,

Father Time

Father Time has been a published writer for thirty years and particularly focuses on motivational and self-help writing and speaking! He also has many years of sales experience and writes sales & marketing training and materials. His first love was poetry and card verses, and remains so.

He currently does a lot of writing for hire, especially article marketing pieces for folks who have their own websites to promote.

Father Time has a great Online SuperStore at www.FatherTimePublishing.com and he invites YOU to visit and find something that you like!

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