January, the new year. A time for new beginnings and the start of new adventures. That is, unless you’re like me, and it means a warm fire while you watch the snow fall outside wishing you could just hibernate like bears do. But alas, hibernation is not an option, so if I have to be awake, I need to be doing something productive, and what better to do than some handcrafts. Counted cross stitch is my first love, and the first thing that comes to my mind. Many a young colonial girl stitched her samplers by the light of a winter fire. I feel a kindred spirit with them as I pull my frame into the living room and work on the project in my hoop, creating pictures with needle and thread There are other needle arts that lend themselves to those quiet winter days and evenings. Tatting, silk ribbon embroidery, hand quilting, English paper piecing, knitting, weaving, and crochet, to name a few. However, handwork isn’t for everyone, and sequestering yourself in your sewing room is a perfectly fine option too. Now would be the time to get started on that t-shirt quilt for a spring graduation gift. It’s also a great time to sit down at your embroidery machine and learn a new technique, or refresh your memory on an old one. And while we don’t generally think of January as a big month for charitable giving, this is the perfect time to stitch up some pillowcases, small quilts, wheelchair and walker bags, scarves, mittens, and hats with leftovers from your Christmas projects for those in need. There are many local charities who will be very grateful for your donations, but if you can’t seem to find anyone to give them to, bring them on over to the shop. I’ll personally see that they get to where they need to be.
So, take some time to be creative, and enjoy the peace and stillness that winter brings, and if you need any help, well, you know where to find me.
Wishing you peace, prosperity, and abundant blessings throughout the new year.