Mindful making: 5 ways to slow down and stitch

Mini mandala hygge copy

It’s no secret that here on the Simply Sewing team we are passionate about the power of sewing to soothe away the stresses and strains of daily life. Here are a few ideas for ways to slow down and stitch this Winter…

1. Host a Christmas Crafternoon

Mind are launching a series of Christmas Crafternoons on 1st December and they’re the perfect excuse to step back and get together with friends and family to get making. Find out more and get your starter kit at mind.org.uk or read more about Mind’s Christmas Crafternoon over on the Mollie Makes blog.

Mind Crafternoon

2. Embrace embroidery

You won’t often hear us say this but… put down your sewing machines! Hand sewing is the perfect way to soothe away the winter days. This free embroidery pattern for a Winter Solstice mandala from our friends over at Calm Moment 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.

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 2019 works in progress and let us know how you get on?

 

 3. Hand-piece some patchwork

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. It’s portable, you can take it outside and you really don’t need any special patchwork expertise to give it a go. Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine have put together this step-by-step guide.

English Paper Piecing

4. Give Sashiko stitching a go

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

How to sew sashiko stitch

5. 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?

Simply Crochet cloud blanket