I’m super excited about my Stitch Maynia challenge, which I started on the 1st of May and will continue till the 31st. The idea is that you start a new cross stitch piece every day – the actual challenge runs from May 1st to 15th, with 15 new starts, but I’m expanding it. It was started last year, and is centred around the Facebook group of the same name – if you’d like more information, let me know or search for “Stitch Maynia” in Facebook, and you’ll find it!
Stitch Maynia – The Challenge
Although the actual challenge is meant to be 15 starts during May, a lot of people are changing it to suit their own desires. There are people who are just ensuring they do a few stitches in one cross stitch piece every day, some who want to finish a particular number of stitches by the end of the month. Some people start a new motif on a piece made of many smaller motifs every day, others are doing 31 starts – one for every day of the month. There’s even someone doing two starts every day for the entire month.
As a community, everyone is pulling together and having a really good time sharing their work towards the challenge. This is something that I love so much about crafters – on the whole, we are a supportive, friendly bunch for whom the sky is the limit!
My Stitch Maynia
Although I’m doing weekly updates on my YouTube channel, I know that not everyone who is interested in the challenge wants to watch me ramble on about it in video form – so guys, this one’s for you!
I’ve done 12 starts so far, and I am honestly loving every one of them. The incentive to put just a few stitches into a piece every day is brilliant, and I’m going to continue making sure I make time for just a bit of stitching every day going forward beyond the end of the month. I’ve turned it into my ‘just before bed’ activity – when no screens are allowed, and I give myself twenty minutes to unwind (ten minutes of which are spinning…stay tuned for that blog post…). Sometimes it has been more, sometimes less. There have been days in the last two weeks where I’ve just been so tired that more than five or six stitches has been too many – but every one counts!
I’m not sure when all of these starts will get finished, but as another chapter in my cross stitch journey, this is one of the highlights. Are you participating? Do you think you would be able to? I’ll talk about my motivation for it in the next blog post!