This guest post is from Mike Reynolds, EverydayGirlDad on his blog, Twitter and Facebook.
In January I started cross-stitching. In February I decided I would learn how to design my own cross-stitch patterns as well. In the months since then I have taken on all kinds of projects. Some have been for friends and the public and some I’ve just kept for myself.
I started what I called the Rad Women in Cross-stitch Form Project and then just kept going.
I have learned two things: One, cross-stitching is really great for management of my anxiety. I can focus my mind on a piece when it wants to go down a road that leads to self-doubt. Having this focus is wonderful. Two, I love cross-stitching and should have started it sooner. I have put off doing too many things for fear of what other might think. Doing this is a harmful way to live a life.
Here’s a collection of some of my favourite pieces, and the patterns I made for them so that you can try them out too if you want!
Maya Angelou – pattern
Janelle Monae – pattern