How Cross-Stitching Developed My Creativity and Self-Discipline

Needle arts can provide a mindfulness practice with scientifically proven cognitive benefits. Here’s how to get started.

Gloria Wickman
Mar 28, 2019 · 14 min read
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Needlepoint of Lt. Uhura from Star Trek, designed and made by the author

The Science Behind Activities Like Needlecrafts


How to Get Started

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Two towels with the Rebel and Imperial symbols from Star Wars cross-stitched by the author.
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Cross-stitch in progress by Sally Wilson (via Wikimedia Commons)
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In progress cross-stitch (left) compared to the pattern grid (right). Each square on the grid corresponds to a single X of the cross-stitch.

Common Pitfalls and Hurdles


Next Steps

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Needlepoint of Lt. Uhura from Star Trek designed and made by the author
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Traditional Japanese Embroidery. Photo by Ryan McBride via Wikimedia Commons

Personal Transformation

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Gloria Wickman is a writer living in the west with an interest in all things sci-fi, fantasy, and pop culture. https://amzn.to/2W4BhwM

Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.

Gloria Wickman

Written by

Gloria Wickman is a writer living in the west with an interest in all things sci-fi, fantasy, and pop culture. https://amzn.to/2W4BhwM

Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.

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