Embroidery Journaling: Is it Too Late to Start One?

You want to start and embroidery journal, but it’s no longer January 1st and you’re thinking that it’s too late to start an embroidery journal or get caught up on your existing embroidery journal. There’s no reason to fret, because there’s always time to get caught up.

If you’re looking for how to set up your embroidery journal, I’ve written another post on how to do so.

Ways to Get Caught Up

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy taking photos. I’d say that I take at least five photos a day. Look through your photos over the time that you need to fill in and see what you can add to your journal.

Personally, I keep my digital calendar up to date. If you’re the same sort, skim through it and see what you can pick up to add to your embroidery journal. In a similar vein, you could review your social media accounts and see what you were posting. Don’t forget to check your archive of Instagram stories. These may disappear to everyone else after 24 hours, but you can still go back and view your own stories after they’ve expired.

Do you keep a proper written journal? This will be a wealth of knowledge, flip through your entries and see what you can add to your embroidery journal.

As a last resort, you could also scroll through your texts and emails, you never know what might pop up! Maybe you had a really funny conversation that’s worth notating on your embroidery journal.

I don’t tend to veer towards adding newsworthy events to my journal as I prefer my embroidery journal to be quite personal and related to my life. But if you’re open to adding icons from news events, then this is definitely a good way to fill in those remaining days!

Just remember that not every day will be exciting and it’s totally okay to add an icon for something less fun like laundry, grocery shopping, or working.

Alternative Embroidery Journal Ideas

So maybe you don’t have enough information to reconstruct your year since January 1st. That’s okay!

You could start your embroidery journal from whatever month it currently is and end on the previous month. If next month is March, you can always aim to start on March 1st, 2023 and end on February 29th, 2024.

Instead of stitching an icon per day for your embroidery journal, you could always drop down to five to ten of the highlights of each month. However, if you do this instead, you may want to use a smaller embroidery hoop rather than the recommended 10 or 12 inch embroidery hoop.

I actually came up with an entire list of alternative embroidery journal methods, read about them here.


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