Welcome to my blog page on Meditative or Mindful Stitching.
I have taught 2 in-person classes and one zoom session so far. This page is to show you what can be done with meditative or mindful stitching.
I learned to do mindful stitching (see Slow Stitching, Meditation Style) by reading an article in the October/November edition of the Quilting Arts magazine. The article, Stitch Meditation, by Liz Kettle was the beginning of an important journey for me. I definitely need more mindfulness in my life.
I started making 4" blocks on pieces of hand-dyed fabric backed with flannel from a well-loved blanket. This, essentially is my process. I pick up the main fabric, some fun thread, extra pieces of fabric and embellishments and start stitching. Sometimes I use a running stitch and other times some fancier stitches. It all depends on what I feel like at the time. Many of the blocks have elements of the projects that I'm working on at the time.
|The first four 4" blocks that I made using meditative stitching|
In the above picture, the bottom green with a rose (called Shining Rose) came from an embroidered napkin that I hand-dyed. I just cut up the napkin and used it in this block.
Here are a few others.
|Pieces of my heart|
|Impressions of dried flowers|
After making these lovely blocks, I wanted to do something with them. I took an online course from Dejanne Cevaal to learn to make a Traveller's Blanket (see Journey of many paths aka Traveller's Blanket). My blanket is very different from Dejanne's but it was a perfect way to present my blocks. It also involved a lot of meditative or mindful stitching 😊
I attached the 4" blocks to the blanket and added many embroidery stitches. When I was done, I quilted it with a large running stitch. The whole project was very mindful.
|Another lovely block|
|At the Fibre 15 show, "Conversations"|
|Poster for the first Meditative/Mindful Stitching class|
|Mindful block made during the class|
Working in a series
The base fabric of the block can be anything, including a pieced block that didn't make it into a quilt. Using the practice block that was too big (see image below), I cut it up in 4 pieces and used it as the foundation for these blocks. I ensured that each block was as different as possible and used various techniques.
|Wonky Star practice block|
|Tule, beads, velour and lots of stitches|
|Scraps of felt, organza and stitching|
|A flower from a lace piece, scraps and stitches|
|Organza, velour, and stitches|
This is the final piece that I attached to white backgrounds.
Meditative fabric book
This fun, meditative book was made during a course with Emma Freeman, through the Handmade Book Club.
|Meditative fabric book - see details|
In Out Of The Box Fibre Artists group, I participated in a Snippet Exchange. A snippet roll is generally a long piece of fabric that is embellished. It's often rolled around a piece of dowel or wood. This would be a perfect project for mindful stitching.
|Snippet roll - centre|
|Snippet roll - bottom|
I started working on a snippet roll during my train trip to Agawa Canyon. Unfortunately I haven't touched it in a long time.
|Agawa Canyon snippet roll - beginning|
|Agawa Canyon snippet roll |
Introducing Natural Elements
While taking more classes with TextileArtist.org, I learned to embroider with natural elements - aka plants and leaves! Of course I had to try it on a couple of meditation blocks. Here they are.
|Leaves, flower petals, fibres and stitches|
|A second meditation block using natural elements and fibres|
|Hand-made card using one of the blocks|
I haven't blogged about this piece but it's a great way to use meditation stitching on a larger scale. It starts with a piece of fabric that has been painted, dyed, etc. After the addition of all of the scraps, the background won't show very much.
I used a piece of sun printed fabric. Since I was using the wrong paint (it needs to be translucent, NOT opaque), the fabric turned out ok but with no sun prints.
|Finished piece - Scrap Happy|
Each piece of scrap is added and stitched on meditatively. It is very slow stitching.
Using eco-printing fabric as a base
If you have done eco-printing, the fabric lends itself well to mindful stitching. There is no need for backing or scraps - just stitch!
|Using an eco-printed piece|
for mindful stitching
I hope that you've enjoyed seeing what can be done using Meditative/Mindful Stitching. The final products are lovely to see, but the magic lies in the process.