Finding Time for the Things I Love

January 12, 2020

When people ask me about stitching and weaving in particular, or about handmade objects in general, their reasons for not attempting them often have a similar refrain -- I just don't have the time!  And my response is often very similar in every instance -- if you find a craft or artform that you love, time will find you.  You will rearrange and cut corners in other areas once you find something that you love to do.


I have tried a whole lot of projects in the last 50 years.  Woodworking was not my thing.  Knitting and crochet were fun, but I grew bored quickly.  I love quilting, but each project seems like such a major undertaking that I hesitate to start.  


I have come to realize that my favorite fiber arts are crewel and other embroidery, needlepoint, weaving, and cross stitch, and cross stitch is really my passion.  So I make time to do these things when all my necessary tasks are done, even putting some necessary things off just a bit so that I can weave or stitch.  Once you find a handmade craft or skill that you love that much, then you know where your passion lies.


I work part-time as a wizard in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando.  I have breaks before and during my shift, usually only ten or fifteen minutes.  But I always have a small cross stitch project to work on during my breaks.  Over the last three years, just working during my breaks, I have completed ten cross stitch projects.  Here is a picture of nine of those.




Why do I cross stitch during breaks?  I have always hated wasting time.  I don't like spending every moment checking my phone.  I like to feel that I have accomplished something.  So you will likely find me stitching when I have nothing else to do.


What handmade project motivates you?  How can you find time to work on it, even if just a few moments in the midst of a busy day?


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