Was week I wrote a post about the rise of the Twitch cross stitcher, however it’s clear that vblogging cross stitch is a new thing, and the only way to get the inside scoop is from the streamers themselves. So, without further ado, we hear from the horse’s mouth!
In my initial post, I spoke about the purpose of streaming. It’s not clear from the outset what would make someone stream cross stitching, especially on a vblogging platform. So, what made you start streaming?
EmzOLV I originally started live streaming because I used to write for a games blog which I created. I found that alongside the articles I was doing for that, I could do playthroughs of indie and retro games and it would all fit together nicely. Unfortunately, I haven’t had time for the blog and it’s very competitive and easy to get lost in the Twitch world with video games. I was intrigued by cross stitching streams because I knew of one person who did it (Sirithre) and I had been working in my personal time on a giant version of Yoshi Island SNES start screen. It all seemed to come together with me jumping in and giving it a go, getting really comfortable within Twitch Creative and then just continuing to do it.
Why do you stream instead of making videos?
KWarning It’s all about the live chat for me. There is nothing that compares to the live interaction. I get feedback on patterns and I am able to help viewers with their project by having the ability to reply to them immediately. I have also opened up a discord room to be able to have the same interaction with my viewers while my channel is not live.
Cross stitch twitch is a bit of a new phenomenon, why do you think it’s become so popular when other social media has failed to unite the stitching community?
ArmoredHearts Cross Stitch on Twitch is immediate, it’s a community that is building out of the love of the art. Whether in the making or the appreciating and collecting. Posting photos of works in progress or finished items is fun. Watching someone create and chatting about experiences, methods, and tools of the craft is what builds a kind of camaraderie among Creative streamers. We relate and learn from others and that makes our experiences have more value and grow.
MotoRuxin Cross stitch is one of those things that lots of people do, but it’s hard to actually meet these people as we are so spread out and diverse. With the Creative section on Twitch, they have essentially created for us an online sewing circle with resources for new or longtime stitcher as well as those with no cross stitch experience. Some people just appreciate the art, and it absolutely fills me with pride when I have viewers praise my work and hope so badly to win one of my giveaways.
If I was a betting man I would think that we’ll see a lot more streamers on Twitch soon, cross stitching away.