On November 16th, SET invited Stockton students to stop by the Campus Center Coffee House for “Awesome Embroidery with Mary.” At the event, an embroidery expert instructed each student on making the Stockton logo using a variety of stitches. The instructional video provided was prerecorded so students could learn on their own time.
This new— and to some, challenging— method of destressing certainly helped improve the skills of those who had prior experience with embroidery; however, for some beginner students, the activity proved itself to be somewhat daunting. The first lesson of the activity was getting the thread through the eye of the needle. The instructor emphasized that it is essential not to hurt yourself while stitching, as you can easily get pricked by the needle. For most students, pricking was inevitable.
As time progressed within the lesson, the tension in the students’ faces eased and there were releases of laughter. Students who stuck to it for an additional hour started to get the hang of it, as the repetitive motion of weaving their needles through the fabric led to a sense of tranquility and success within the unfamiliar hobby.
The purpose of this activity was to distract students from the stressors of college life, especially those that come with the end of the semester.
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