I just came across this cute little article (via a post from a friend on Facebook), and I think it hits most of the marks as to why it is great to cross stitch: Umpteen Great Reasons to Cross Stitch.
Okay, cross stitching isn’t really all that cheap once you really get into it. We all know that kitting up a new Mirabilia can set you back $200, and just buying a Chatelaine chart is somewhere around $40 now. Yikes! But, at its simplest level, cross stitching can be pretty inexpensive: a small kit; or maybe a free chart, a piece of Aida (cheaper if bought off the bolt at a fabric store believe it or not), and some floss.
Stitching is very easy to learn. I bet you either learned as a child from a family member or later in life from a book. And, I bet you managed to figure it out in a matter of minutes. But, like many skills, mastering cross stitch (e.g. getting your stitches to look perfectly uniform) takes patience. Speaking of patience, you need a whole lot of it to finish those gigantic designs that can take more than 400 hours. They are worth it, though, aren’t they?
So, what are your great reasons for cross stitching? Is it because you are carrying on a tradition, making gifts, or just keeping your hands and mind busy? I’d love to know!