I know this sounds a bit strange, but I can say without doubt that Embroidery has been my lifeline since I was diagnosed 4 years ago, with Fibromyalgia.
Fibromyaligia – the pain in my life…
I don’t often talk about my illness mainly because I am a very private person when it comes to myself and also because its not something I want to define me as a person.
Fibromyalgia is a very real pain – a pain in the real sense of the word where it is relentless physically and a pain literally as well since it inpacts on every aspect of your life and how you live it.
I am a very stubborn person and I think this has been both a blessing and a curse in terms of me having Fibro! Everybody is different and copes in their own way.
Embroidery as therapy…
I have tried many a treatment and to date pain meds are the only thing that keep me on a level playing field. Self help groups are not for me, yoga and pilates hurt, meditation is just not my thing and staying in bed is not an option so what has been my saviour – Embroidery!
How weird is that!
When I am stitching, I focus on nothing else (other than perhaps a good bit of TV and a nice glass of wine!) and for that time the pain is not the main thing banging on and on wanting attention every minute of the day – it is magical.
A Pattern for Fibro… Butterflies
Butterflies are fragile and can easily be hurt – very much like someone with Fibro which is why they are used to help support Fibromyalgia sufferers.
I have designed my latest pattern for 2 reasons :-
Firstly, in the hope that it will raise some awareness of Fibromyalgia – we desperately need the condition to be more recognised for the debilitating, life altering, chronic illness that it is, so more help can be found through medications and treatments.
Secondly, in the hope that I can persuade more people suffering from chronic pain to try Embroidery – it is addictive, absorbing, exciting and for us it does what nothing else can – takes you to a place for just a short time where your Pain does not come first.
The butterflies are easy to embroider and full of different stitches.
They are designed to be achieveable by anyone new to embroidery.
The pattern gives you a choice of 5 different patterns to stitch on to the beautiful butterflies so you can learn a few different stitches along the way.
The Butterflies pattern is available in my shop here and £2 from every pattern sold will go directly to FMA UK – a charity dedicated to raising awareness of Fibro to help all you sufferers out there.
Want to remember this? Post this Felt butterfly pattern to your favourite Pinterest board!