One interesting way of escaping social media these days is punch needle embroidery!
by Katie Harker, Picture and Footage Researcher Bridgeman London
I noticed that I was spending way way too long on my phone, scrolling twitter or the news for hours on end which wasn't helping my mental state at all.. so I decided to finally get round to doing something I'd wanted to try for a while (after seeing it on instagram..!)
Punch needle embroidery looked easy and fun, so I ordered a kit online and started to learn the basics.*
I won't pretend I really know how it works, but once the needle is threaded (step 1!) with a wire threader, you simply punch it into the fabric which creates small loops on the reverse side, which then stay in place as you carry on punching along a line, it's very simple and quick to get the hang of.
I have found it incredibly therapeutic, and love having something to do which keeps me away from screens. I have already ordered more wool & canvas to do another.
Luckily all this can be ordered online without the need to step foot outside your door..!
I chose to do a Mount Fuji design, a place with wonderful memories for me and I always find images of it very calming (including my favourite, Hokusai - South Wind, Clear Dawn, from the series '36 Views of Mount Fuji', c.1830-1831 (woodblock print))
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