by Esther van Aardenne

A story of recovery through cross stitching….
EvA Broderi

One day, I decided to take a piece of plain fabric and start stitching whatever came to mind. I didn’t have a plan or a design in mind, I just let my creativity guide me. I started with a few basic stitches, and soon found myself incorporating different colors and textures.

The very first

When I made this piece, I was in the midst of a serious battle with depression. It was like holding me together with just a needle and some thread that I bought second hand. It does still holds a special place in my heart. It allowed me to channel my emotions and to express myself in a unique and creative way.

Frogging Fiesta

I tried cross-stitching on linen only once! Everything was uneven and wobbly and far to easy to stitch one only thread off, leading to a lot of frogging!  Needless to say, I’ve been sticking to smoother fabrics with future projects.


The repetitive stitching provides a soothing and calming effect on my mind. I choose designs that speaks to me on a personal level, or I simply let my creativity run wild, stitching whatever comes to mind.

Rainbow Riot

 I started experiencing a sense of joy and satisfaction. The bright colors and intricate details of brought a smile to your face and lifted your spirits, if only for a moment.


The simple act of creating something with your my hands brought you a sense of accomplishment and pride.


By the time I made this work, I was feeling more confident in what I was able to create and began posting my pieces on facebook and insta.

Just Peeping

Since then I could not stop stitching, so more works will come……


Freestyle Cross Stitch

Colorful Chaos

Colorful Chaos

Pixel Party

Pixel party

Joyful Jumble

Joyful Jumble

Rainbow Harmony

Rainbow Harmony


Madame B

More to come....

Esther van Aardenne

Esther van Aardenne

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