Self-love embroidery

We all need a reminder how great we are. Not in an egotistical kind of way but in that self-love and self-respect kind of way. We need to remind ourselves that we're all different but we all kick some serious butt!

The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.
— E. E. Cummings

I wanted to share a collection of the embroidery works from last week's Mindfulness Craft Workshops at the Southbank Centre, as part of their Philautia Weekend and the Festival of Love. We took a look at the question,

What does self-love mean to you? 

Participants were encouraged to pick a little quote or simple phrase that inspired them to be happy and love themselves. This is what they came up with.

A lot of really interesting conversations came up about what it means to be happy and I felt really touched that some shared their life experiences with me, stories about depression and finding that beauty again, in themselves and the world around them.

My favourite was definitely the one at the top right, Be a Rainbow. It was stitched by a little 7 year old girl and it took her about 2 hours to do it, carefully stitching each letter a different colour.