What in the World is Slow Stitching?

     Recently, I came across a new term for me, Slow Sewing. I have heard of slow food, but not slow sewing. Intrigued, I started researching the term and was blown away by the whole concept. It is defined as “To slow stitch is to take time to mindfully create something new through stitching with needle and thread". What is Slow Stitching? | Craft School Oz

     Slow stitching is about creativity, relaxation and being in the moment. One of the purposes is to help the stitcher slow down and focus on one stitch at a time. It is not about perfection.

     Actually, slow sewing has been around for a long time. In the past, it has been used to decoratively alter or patch clothing, and create embellishments on pillows and quilts. Think of the sixties and all of the decorative elements added to jeans and jean jackets. Mindfully creating seems to be the key words in the Slow Stitching Movement, which was started by Mark Kipinski. He developed some key concepts that help define what slow stitching is. According to Kipinski, slow stitching is:

         ⦁ About learning new techniques and practicing the process,
         ⦁ Making time to immerse yourself in a creative activity,
         ⦁ Reaping the health, emotional, spiritual, and creatively benefits,
         ⦁ Learning about ourselves through what we create,
         ⦁ Celebrating your work, and
         ⦁ Enjoying the process rather than getting hung up on finish line.

     You do not have to be a quilter to enjoy slow stitching. It's really all about the process of creating something fun. All that you need to get started are some scraps of fabric left over from sewing projects or even old clothes, scissors, needles, and thread. I had fun looking through my fabric scraps and old buttons to create my small project (above). Selecting the fabric and deciding on the embellishments was totally absorbing and gave me a chance to exercise my creativity.

     If you are interested in the idea of slow sewing, check out the video below by Daniela Mellon. It is a great beginning tutorial.