I Stitched My Way Through April & May

Happy Monday, crafty friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
As some of you may already know, I took up cross stitching again at the beginning of the year after a 25-ish year break. Little did I realize at the time how helpful and therapeutic this hobby would become during the Covid-19 quarantine, but I am extra grateful that I started up again when I did.  I really do find that keeping my hands busy helps to soothe the mind.

One good thing that oftentimes comes out of a crisis is how people band together to uplift and support, and that has been particularly true in the stitching community during this pandemic. Many cross stitch designers have taken the time to design and offer free charts under a movement called #bewellandstitch. The point is twofold….. one is for folks to have something to stitch to keep spirits up, to keep up the belief that everything will be well. And the second is to support shop owners in the hope that people stitching these charts may contact them for fabric and floss supplies. It’s really a win-win all around.

I’ve downloaded many of these Be Well charts, and hope to stitch my way through them all. Most of them are smaller charts, which has been perfect to use up the last scraps of a coffee-tea dyed piece of Aida cloth that I had. I got three little pillow tucks made from those leftovers. Starting with this adorable bunny with his basket full of flowers. This adorable chart is by Lila’s Studio, and you can find the link for the free pdf chart here.

From there, I moved onto this sweet Chicken Love chart by Priscilla and Chelsea of Stitching with the Housewives. You can find their free chart here.

My third #bewellandstitch project is the Be Well freebie from Hewitt Hill Samplers. And you can find that chart here.

I’m guessing I’m about halfway to a full bowl of Be Well tucks. Can’t wait to start on more. How about you? Any cross stitching friends out there? If you are on Instagram, and are interested in learning more about the Be Well movement or would like to find more free charts, simply search the hashtag #bewellandstitch. You’ll find an endless source of inspiration.

Be Well, friends! And thanks so much for stopping by!

6 thoughts on “I Stitched My Way Through April & May

  1. Love your cross stitch! I haven’t done cross-stitch in many many years but still have several framed pieces that I made.

  2. Love your cross stitch pillow tucks, Audrey!! They are so pretty and sweet! I’ve made a couple cross stitched tags lately. You are right in that it is very therapeutic!! Take care and have a great week!!

  3. Oh my. They look fabulous!
    I used to cross-stitch when I was a teenager! Really helped me build patience. 🙂

  4. I love your sweet little pillows, Audrey! I am getting the urge to get back to needlework myself now. I’ve been looking into cross stitching and just need to order something. Thank you for the links you shared. I was just looking at all the heart pillows I got from you that I have in a basket in my living room.

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