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moons and thread ~ stitchwork diary

Stitchwork, Creative ProcessEllie Beck2 Comments
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I’ve been listening to an album called 12 Moons, by Jan Gabarek Group. It’s mostly instrumental with some vocals (in a language I don’t know, which makes it sound like an instrument rather than words). 

And now I’m stitching moons. Small squares (ish) of indigo dyed linen and whatever bits of thread I have left.  

I’m almost out of my usual stitching thread, and my supplier is on holiday for 2 more weeks. So I am being resourceful and using thread pulled from the warp of other fabric pieces. 

Which I am liking a lot. Using the same thread as the threads the fabric is woven from. Creates a subtle beautiful look. Perhaps I will do it more. A good way to use long scraps that aren’t suitable for using as pieces in their own self - ie: too marked or stained. (The inside moon-shaped stitching on the piece below is the same-self thread and the running stitch is my usual thread that I use; which is a cotton/silk mix).

New Year is upon us > I am pondering the things that I want to be more intentional about for the coming year, while also honouring the previous year which allowed and gave me some very growth-moments.

I am not writing resolutions or such, I feel like it’s simply a continuation. Each day, each moment indeed, is simply a chance to be here and now, and appreciate what I have and where I am. 

Having said that - I do plan on doing more writing this year, and stitching. And gardening. And spending more time with my kids & my loved ones. 

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Slow Mindful Stitch - how to sew slow into your days & a free tutorial

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Ellie Beck Petalplum blog Mindful stitching for slow living

If you've spent much time around my blog, my Instagram, or my days then you'll know I do live a little slower and simpler than many people. That my days are focussed around thinking mindfully about bringing slowness into my life everyday. I talk a lot about it. But I do actually think I live it a lot too. Some days not so much, other days more so. Mostly through my creative work and my intentions with my days.

Being a multi-passionate creative I do have many different skills & techniques that I work with, but over the years I've found some that are more inclined to make me breathe deeper and think slower (in a good way!). Hand stitching work is one of those processes that really brings me back to the moment, to my self, to my thoughts, to my environment.

And I wanted to share that with you too. Because while some crafts are harder to learn, stitch work is something that I'm pretty sure at least 90% of you could pick up fairly quickly, if you wanted (I'm being generous, I truly actually think that 97% of people could learn to sew if they took the time and overcame some prejudice about it). You don't need much more than some fabric scraps and a needle & thread. The scraps could be worn out clothing, a linen tea towel, an old scarf, a piece of special child's clothing.... anything. The lovely thing is it doesn't matter what your scraps are. Just collect them and start creating.

I have a whole video session available for free on my online course teaching site, but I've also managed to work out how to embed a snippet of one of those videos here for you... a little preview to get you started..... and you can find the rest over here (*you do have to 'join' my teaching school, but that's a free sign up and gives you access to this FREE slow stitching video course).

Here's a few reasons why I think Slow Mindful Stitching is perfect thing to bring into your busy days and guide you towards a Slower & Simpler Living Journey:

  1. It's fairly easy to learn, so once you've overcome the "it's not perfect" aspect you can be stitching within a very short amount of time.
  2. You can create something useful & practical, or something simply just for the joy of creating.
  3. You can stitch at home, with children or family by your side. In bed, at the kitchen table, in the garden.
  4. You can put it all in your bag and take it with you for the day - stitching while watching kids at sport, or art lessons. Or on a picnic or at a school assembly, or waiting for the doctor or public transport.
  5. You can stitch while sipping coffee with friends at a cafe, or slurping tea at home. Both bring you back to the moment; stitching while talking actually has this excellent magical way of making you truly present in the moment, not thinking about something else.
  6. You don't need to invest in many or expensive equipment, and can fit a few stitches here & there around your day.

You can see some more of my stitchwork over here if you'd like a little of my messy inspiration. The first two pictures below are what I create in the free online video course, but you will probably make something a little different, check out #petalplummakers and #theCreativeYear to see what others have been making. And please share with me any that you make yourself. I'd love to have a little gallery on this website of 'made by you' collections. 

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