Quarantine Crafting

Customizing COVID Clothing

By Jaylin Johnson, Correspondent

Now that our campus is moving out of Midterm season, and into our final months of this semester, it is important to make sure that there is a balance between working and relaxing. It is also nice to have a task with an end goal, something you can have to keep after you are done.

Embroidery is a craft that lets you upcycle any article of clothing you have. It only requires a needle, thread, hoop, and some creativity. With embroidery, there is not a need to get the craft done in one sitting, it is something you can put down and come back to at any time. This makes it a minimal time investment and a nice short break anytime one is needed.

Right now, schedules are so hectic that it is nice to have a pastime to put either hours or just minutes into at a time. Embroidery is also easy to learn, all you need is a few basic stitches to get started.  That’s why I decided to pick this as my new project for my free time.

 I started by going to a craft store and getting some supplies to get started. While there, I bought a black and white bandana to practice on. This really helped me with being able to follow a pattern and perfect my stitching styles. This project took me about two hours spread over my free time between classes.

The next step was to pick what I wanted my first real project to be. I decided to take a black hoodie and embroider my character from the game “Among Us” onto it. This was a bit more intricate as I needed to work from a picture of my character in the game. I started this process by going through my new threads and picking out the colors I needed.

The next step was the hardest because I had to use my reference to make a black outline on the hoodie. Once the outline was done, I just filled it in with thread and made sure to add the shading. That process was very relaxing as it is just a repeated motion, and my mind could wander while I was working.

That piece took a bit longer at around seven total hours of work, but it was worth it in my opinion. Now I have a one-of-a-kind piece of clothing to wear around campus. My next idea is to upcycle some of my masks since I wear them every day. If you have an idea and some thread, I could not think of a better craft to pick up than embroidery!