Slow Stitch as
Meditation + Embodied Practice
Can stitching heal your heart?
Can your emotions be transformed through the simple act of sewing?
Are we able to transmute collective grief and trauma by joining together in a circle of creativity?
What Is Slow Stitch?
Slow stitching is a relatively new form of creativity that is steeped in ancient practices. The slow stitch movement is an art form where ancient hand stitching traditions intersect with creativity. Basic supplies such as thread, needle and scraps of fabric (that can be found around your home or purchased from a thrift or consignment shop) are the only items needed for a slow stitch practice. Sustainability, upcycling and recycling of materials is in the spirit of this simple stitching movement.
Some of the known ancient practices of stitching that the slow stitch movement is steeped in are Kantha quilts (Bangladesh), Boro mending (Japan), Sashiko (Japan). These practices in ancient times grew out of necessity to repair and mend fabric due to scarcity of fabric and culturally poor conditions. These stitching techniques use simple straight stitches that hold together several layers of fabric to create patching, mending or layers of fabric for warmth.
The purpose of slow stitching is to carve space to slow down, create room to take deep breaths, and to come into the enjoyment and present moment of each individual stitch. While slow stitching, you mindfully stitch with awareness and place your intention and focus on the process rather than the final product or result of a piece. The practice is to enjoy stitching one stitch at a time and to let go of outcome and perfectionism along the way. I find slow stitching is magical in bringing mindfulness and awareness alive through its practice and I vow to bring the experience to life for others through my artwork and classes.