Embroidery is my number one go to when I'm feeling anxious. This tutorial (to accompany this kit) should provide you with all the basics of embroidery, whilst also allowing you to practice mindfulness and create something beautiful!
Take your embroidery hoop and loosen the metal fastening on top to separate the two hoops. Place the inner hoop behind the fabric, directly beneath the design.Place the outer hoop on top of the fabric and gently press the outer hoop onto the inner hoop, then tighten the fastening so that the fabric is not slipping and sliding. Be careful not to stretch the fabric - loosen the fastening if necessary.
Once the embroidery is complete, knot one final time (see step 6) and snip off the remaining thread. Carefully remove your hoop and use an iron or hair dryer toremove the ink of the erasable pen. The ink will disappear when exposed to the heat.
Four years ago, I picked up a needle and thread out of sheer boredom and began to teach myself embroidery. For me, embroidery started as a relatively cheap and easy hobby for me in the evenings, but quickly I realised that it was also an excellent tool for mindfulness and helped me to cope when my mental health was suffering. In light of all that's going on in the world right now (Covid-19), with many of us in self isolation and the rest staying home, with lots more time on our hands and no doubt with higher than usual anxiety levels for some, embroidery could be a great tool for you to learn!