When I was revising for my A levels, I completed an entire colouring pad. It was one of those My First Colouring books, with large pictures of flowers, cats, scarecrows, etc. I’m not sure how much it helped, revision-wise, but I was happy and remained stress-free, so it was good for something.
I colour in less these days. I calm my troubled mind with cross stitch and crochet, but I like the pictures you can get these days for colouring in. I’d like to have a go at embroidery colouring. I like the thought of having an image picked out with big black lines and just cross stitching it in whichever colour I fancy. Like colouring in.
I couldn’t resist this bag when I came across it in Hobbycraft, supposedly for fabric painting. Some of it might have to be stitched in something other than cross stitch, but I’ve been meaning to learn other embroidery stitches for a while, and this seems as good a project as any to practise with. Of course, I have had this bag for a while, and not yet made a start on it, but the intention is there. It has been since I first found it. I need to unpick the seams first – I’ve tried stitching on an already made up bag before: complete nightmare, I can tell you!
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.