I kind of have a compulsive need to teach myself new things. I get bored/distracted/oblivious to the things going on around me and get really excited when I come across something new that I can concentrate on. It's been a bit like that with hand embroidery. I could basically just about sew a button on something before I actually put any effort in but now, after teaching myself lots of new stitches I'm bordering on obsessed with this new hobby. Also, I say I 'taught' myself, but really how invaluable is YouTube and Instagram for learning from other people? It baffles me that people can put that much time and energy into just putting something out there for free to help others entertain themselves or learn more. I really like Namaste Embroidery because she's really chill and fun to watch, also her style is modern and pretty, and Sarah Homfray in particular because she's so easy to understand and knows so much. It's fun to be able to draw in something other than pencil or paint and it's very addictive once you start. I mainly need to work on pace. I'm quite clearly very slow and the rate that other people can stitch is crazy to me but hopefully the more I carry on, the quicker I'll get.