Relax with a spot of mindful embroidery

Mini mandala hygge copy

You won’t often hear us say this but… put down your sewing machines! Hand sewing is the perfect way to soothe away the January days. This free embroidery pattern for a Winter Solstice mandala is a great way to get started…

The concept of slow sewing is gathering momentum, and we couldn’t be happier! While for most of us sewists it’s not a new idea to think of stitching as a route to happiness, we’ve loved seeing the practise take off as more and more people reach for their needle and thread in a quest to unlock the benefits of hand sewing.

Danish designer Carina Envoldsen–Harris’ is sharing her tips for mindful embroidery over on the Calm Moment blog this month. As well as revealing her advice for how to turn your sewing into a calming craft session (from colour choices to setting the scene), you can download a free pattern to give it a go tonight!

Of course we’re not saying goodbye to our sewing machines (never)! This time of year can by our most productive season for dressmaking. The new year brings a whir of fresh energy to tackle new projects and complete old ones. But why not weave in one or two hand-sewing projects into your January works in progress and let us know how you get on?


4 good reads for mindful sewing

Once you’ve tried Carina’s post, here are a few other ways to slow down and use sewing to relax and unwind this month…

1. Try it with patchwork too

English Paper Piecing is a lovely way to hand-sew fabric pieces to paper templates, and it’s great way to sew up smaller projects like cushions or gadget cases. Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine have put together this step-by-step guide.

2. Try Sashiko stitching

You can get some lovely modern effects with this trusted embroidery technique. Find out more with our Sashiko workshop.

3. Read more about it

Lottie Story has written this lovely piece about Making for Mindfulness for our sister magazine Mollie Makes

4. Try it with yarn too

Craft and therapy expert Betsan Corkhill wrote this piece for Simply Crochet magazine with tips for mindful making. If you’re anything like us, you’ll have a list as long as your arm of sewing projects to try this year but why not mix it up and try a crochet blanket too?