A Gift that Started a Crafting Journey

By Esther

Esther’s embroidery and ear-rings story

It all started with a thoughtful Christmas present I received when I was 9 years old. My aunt gifted me a cross stitch kit that hooked me onto sewing. The repetitive little movements that seemed monotonous and meaningless suddenly combined to form a beautiful image and I was addicted. To me arts and crafts were something I would escape to. Arts were something that brought back memories of long holidays and lazy afternoons whereby I was free to do absolutely anything.

The flower inspiration

As I continued on in my crafting journey, flowers became the main theme of most of my pieces. The beauty of flowers is that they don’t have to be perfect. Every petal is different from the other and no flower is identical. That suited my careless nature and short attention span perfectly – I never could find the patience to replicate anything, even creating the other side of a pair of earrings was a pain for me.

Art and character-building

However, art also taught me patience and resilience. To create a truly pretty piece of art I needed to persevere through the dryness of sewing or moulding petal after petal. In the beginning I used to try to multitask, it would be crafting and watching K dramas at the same time. Over time, however, I realised that the quality of my work suffered and I didn’t find the same pride and fulfilment from my art. Thus art taught me my second lesson – dedication.

Throughout my arts and craft journey I have discovered so much about myself and learnt many lessons. So the next time you find yourself with a bulk of free time why don’t you try pick up a needle too!

Posted by Chayo, HomSkil Editor 1, 26 February 2022

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