How embroidery became a mainstream hobby after the pandemic

After the pandemic, embroidery has become a mainstream hobby due to how easy it is to pick up relatively inexpensive materials.

Embroidery is the craft of applying decorative designs onto fabric using a needle, it also can incorporate other materials such as sequins, pearls, and beads into the design. Embroidery can also be seen on shirts, hats, blankets, and on any surface that you can possibly think of.

The history of embroidery has its origin in China and the Near East, archeological finds from this time period reveal fossilized remains of heavily hand-stitched and decorated clothing because this is a craft, families passed down techniques to children to keep the tradition and their profession going.

In modern times, embroidery is both a creative medium and a useful skill that everyone should learn. Some artists even took the creative liberty and create embroidery art pieces on surfaces that people did not think would be possible like metal or tennis rackets.

However, after the pandemic hits, this particular hobby has become a mainstream hobby with more and more people taking on embroidery projects as a way to distract themselves from the harsh reality and take their minds off things.

There’s also another contributing factor to why embroidery is so popular these days is mainly because of the desire to return to things that were handmade when the economy is collapsing. DIY what you couldn’t afford is no stranger to the general public but beyond the practicality artists and crafters alike are looking for an art piece to display in their homes.

While cooking needs ingredients, painting needs art supplies, and fishing needs fishing tools. Unlike every other hobby that you might take on, embroidery is relatively inexpensive in regards to the expenses of the materials, but they all have something in common – they provide you with quality time to relax and boost your mood.

During the pandemic, one of the main reasons that embroidery took off other than being relatively affordable, is when you can sit in the comfort of your own home and still be able to make something nice to look at. Embroidery creates a perfect mind space for people to focus, it also gives you a sense of accomplishment after finishing the task at hand.

Another interesting feature of this hobby is you can take your embroidery project everywhere you go, whether it be on the sofa or the dining table, your embroidery project can be picked up and continued anytime that you like.

This hobby is also an excellent way for you to kill time because of how tedious it can be and require your full attention at times, embroidery also stimulates different parts of your brain and help you focus. You can definitely jolt embroidering down as a creative outlet for you and your friends! Get together in a group and plan your projects together, there are many ideas for you and your friends to embark in!

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Embroidery can sound rather intimidating for beginners, but the process is quite straightforward and the biggest requirement that you need is patience. You can start by practicing a few simple stitches like the chain stitch, the running stitch, and the cross-stitch, those stitches are the baseline of today’s embroidery. 

When you are confident enough with your stitching skills, one of the more beginner-friendly projects that are recommended is creating a thread journal. A thread journal is basically a journal where instead of doodling or writing things down, the journal is recorded with stitches and embroidery design that you made.

This idea is perfect for beginners because it doesn’t require a lot of difficult stitches or overwhelm you like a big project, it’s right in between so you can still enjoy the process while honing your skills at the same time.

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