Imbolc Cross Stitch Sampler

Imbolc—the time when we see the fist stirrings of spring—feels far away today, despite coming up in a week’s time.

This morning we woke up to single digit temperatures.  The wind chill was around -20°.  The deep freeze of winter is upon us and the promise of warmer weather has to be taken on faith.

Imbolc Sampler Design

Now is a good time to snuggle on the couch and binge watch shows, or read, or game.  Or, perhaps take a few hours to stitch this Imbolc cross stitch sampler.  It is the first of a series of cross stitch projects I have created to celebrate the Sabbats.  The chart is offered up for free.  It features a Brigid’s Cross, flower bud border, and the word “Imbolc”.  The floss palette is limited to four colors. Continue reading Imbolc Cross Stitch Sampler

The Making of Things

By bringing positive intention to the making of things and creating to soothe our own as well as others’ emotions, we can discover what it’s like to create for the greater good.  By making intentionally ugly things, we question conformity to media beauty standards, and we can see how difficult (and important) it is to create without pure aesthetics in mind.  Finally, by following our roots and connection to the DIY ethos, we see how our own work can unfold and allow us to find our best selves.

—Betsy Greer, Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism