Colouring in’s all the rage right now – or it was last year: is it still? Apparently it’s soothing to the frazzled mind to sit still for five minutes with a colouring pad and pencils.
Certainly, I found it quite useful when I was revising for my summer AS exams more years ago than I care to remember – but I was using it to procrastinate, not calm down. I forget how calming it was. I think I got through an entire colouring pad that summer.
The reason I bring up colouring in is that, having gone through my magazines with a fine-tooth comb, selecting potential projects and making organised notes of the supplies required, I now find myself in that limbo-land wherein I must await a trip to my local Hobbycraft before I can gather the last few items I need for my February Project. And I have a few weeks of my colouring-in calendar to catch up on. Sadly the camera is doing something funny, so instead I have a picture of the Peacock cushion I made for my mother for Christmas, from CrossStitcher 296. I like to think of cross-stitch as Stitching-by-Numbers, although there is that counting element, so it’s not quite as mindless…
Inbetweentimes, and aside from the colouring, I’ve also been testing another fabric I picked up from IKEA, but which sadly is not as excellent as the linen for cross-stitch, and I fear I will give up with it. A shame, as I planned to make a much-needed needle-book, but I have other fabrics. And my needles are still quite safe in their length of scrap-aida.