With out independent projects, we have the opportunity to learn something outside of the class with our free time. I took a while to think about what I wanted to learn in the past, and if that was something I could do now. I have my grandpa’s acoustic, electric, and steel guitars, and I have wanted to learn how to play them, but I have unfortunately left them in South Dakota. I tried learning how to crochet last year, but another student was using that as their independent learning project! So, for a while, I was at a loss.
I knew I wanted to have something physical as an end result, something that would be ultimately satisfying to have when everything is finished. For example, when I did my quilt several years ago, having the final, physical product was incredible to have and to look at. Not only that, but it was useful (it’s on my bed right now). Woodwork and carpentry is a skill I would like to learn in the future, as several in my family have learned and used what they have learned, but it was ultimately an unrealistic goal for the time being.
Then, I remembered that I had been seeing posts of cross stitch recently, and loving the way it looked. The work that some people had done looked amazing, but I felt it was something I couldn’t learn, or something that would be far too difficult for me. Luckily, I steeled myself and went down to the store, got all of my supplies, and started learning immediately. So far, I have really enjoyed the craft, and it isn’t at all as hard as I had imagined in my mind. It’s a lot of work, and can be frustrating at times, but thankfully, it’s something I can do when watching netflix or listening to music.
This was something I could kind of do when I was making my quilt, but it’s very hard to sit on the couch with a giant table, sewing machine, and chunks of fabric everywhere. Because of this, cross stitching has so far gone by very quickly for me, and I’m already getting to see the fruits of my labor. I’m hoping to finish the entire piece before the end of the semester, and perhaps even try counted cross stitch, instead of stamped patterns, like this one. So, wish me luck!