The 1st April marks the start of National Stress Awareness Month. Relaxing activities such as cross stitch can help reduce stress and improve well-being.
To kick off this month of awareness we wanted to share our favourite mindful cross stitch kits, (and a few embroidery kits) that will not only bring some zen while stitching, but also be a lasting reminder to make some’me’ time in your day.
Relaxing activities like cross stitch can help reduce stress and improve your mental well-being. Kelly Lambert, Neuroscientist, says “The vast amount of ‘brain real estate’ isn’t often called on to function in coordination and communication, as it seems evolutionary designed to do. But when we activate our own effort-driven reward circuitry, it squirts a cocktail of feel-good neurotransmitters, including dopamine (the “reward” chemical), endorphins (released with exercise), and serotonin (secreted during repetitive movement)”
Created in a traditional brushstroke style, this symbol for happiness if pleasing on the eye as well as meaningful.
How fabulous is this be-you-tiful design to share with close friends!
Not only is this kit contemporary and fun to stitch, at least 10% of every sale goes to Mind. Our aim is to help Mind make sure that no one has to face a mental health problem alone. Read more about our partnership with them here.
Dreamcatchers are a symbol of unity and are often placed in bedrooms to ward away bad dreams. ‘Follow your dreams, for they are the hope of the future’ great words to live by.
This kit has been extremely popular on Pinterest and it’s clear why. The rustic feel of the kit and the message you stitch comes together so nicely. This kit would need to be framed and hung up to be seen.
We’re sure this cute cat will make you smile inside & out! I love the sketched style of it and it also has some beaded details which are beautiful.
This folksy Flower Tree design by talented textile designer Zeena Shah has been screen printed by hand in the UK onto high-quality fabric ready for you to stitch in your own unique way. This is free form stitching, so you don’t have to follow a pattern, you can just stitch however you like in whatever colours you fancy.
In Jungian psychology a mandala as a symbol in a dream, representing the dreamer’s search for completeness and self-unityCreate your own uniquely stitched image with this stunning Zenbroidery fabric.
This embroidery kit is very clever. Not only is it a dreamcatcher, but it has a mandala effect in the middle. Stitch this kit in any colours and stitches you like and let your mind wonder. You’ll enjoy stitching this as there isn’t the worry of following a pattern.
Check out our Stitch Library for hand embroidery stitch tutorials.