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The start of the new year usually conjures up the idea of resolutions. We all like to think of the year as a blank slate with all kinds of opportunities just waiting for us to discover. A common goal or resolution that people could try to start the year is to journal or write down your thoughts and feelings each day.
Yet for some people, the mere thought of writing in an empty notebook every day can cause more stress than it relieves. The good news is that journaling doesn’t have to be a written journal. If you are the crafty type, you might want to try an embroidery journal!
What is an embroidery journal? This is a DIY project where you sew a small icon for each day of the year into a single cohesive piece of fabric to document the 365 days in a colorful and artistic way! UK-based TikToker Sophie (known as @thestircrazycrafter on the app) has become an internet guru on embroidery journals and inspired me to try for 2022, even though I’m not embroidering.
A glance at his report for the year 2021 may well inspire you to pick up needle and thread to start your own nifty journal!
@ thestircrazycrafter2021 has certainly been a strange year, but it has had its highlights. ## journal embroidery ## embroidery ♬ Press Reset – A big pile of leaves
A look at other social media apps will give you an idea of how you can customize your own embroidery journal. Maybe you are not very artistic with the designs. No problem! Twitter user @ namittaj68 shared an embroidery diary made up only of words she discovered in her search for inspiring ideas.
Embroidery as a journal.
Kay Portmess is a quilter who logs embroidery daily.
Incredible, isn’t it! pic.twitter.com/jKr19B3CWA
– namita🪶 (@ namitaj68) July 12, 2021
A Washington Nationals fan of Major League Baseball uses her embroidery journal to document her favorite team’s season by including a variety of icons, words and numbers to showcase wins, losses and memorable moments from the season. Here’s a look at his diary at the start of the 2021 season.
The Nats Embroidery Journal continues. ?? pic.twitter.com/V4uk6VoznC
– Tired and retired (@mlmatyac) May 4, 2021
Even if you’ve never done embroidery before, Sophie assures her followers that this sewn-in journal is the perfect learning tool. You don’t need a lot of materials to get started, and you can refer to Sophie’s Master List of 7 items you can find at any craft store to find what you need. She also has a great tutorial in the same article on how to installation and start your daily journal, as well as regular posts to her Instagram and TikTok accounts to help subscribers have their own embroidery journal experience.
I’m taking the plunge in 2022 to try out this embroidery journal idea. Seems like a colorful way to reflect on my days and can’t wait to have something to frame and hang on New Years Day in 2023!