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Meditation Hand-Work & The Elements & Principles of Design at slowfiber

September 30, 2022 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 pm


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Meditation Hand-Work & The Elements & Principles of Design-Slow Stitching Becomes an Art Practice for Self Care


Monthly Schedule:

  • May 26: Patterns & Shapes
  • June 24: Compliments & Line
  • July 29: Monochrome & Harmony
  • August 29: Form, 3-D & Space
  • September 30: Texture & Repetition
  • October 28: Balance & Color
  • November 25: Contrast & Value
  • December 30: Unity and Variety

Stitching as Meditation. Hmmm… well, self-care is hot on the tongues of those who know best. I happen to know that incremental decision-making processes have a calming effect and then the language of stitching can come with the labels like relaxing and meditative. I include words like repetitive, unifying, balancing, rhythmic. Well guess what? These words are also part of our universal design and art-language. I am crazy about how they speak to each other in my own slow-stitching practice. I believe there is a convergence here worth exploring together.

With this monthly gathering, our work is not outcome-based. We will however use the elements and principles of design as meditation and design jumping-off points. Line, Shape, Color, Form, Space, Texture, Balance, Rhythm, Repetition, Harmony, Contrast, and Unity. These are powerful words in design and in daily living. I believe we run the risk of going in to our weekend feeling refreshed and centered. I will encourage you to continue the process at home as well.

You will be provided with everything you need including a curated bundle of materials to work with which supports the element and/or principle of design for that evening. We will be working together but independently in the slowfiber classroom. Needles and threads are also provided. Simply bring yourself and perhaps a snack to share. I will have bottomless tea available. This is a non-judgmental and supportive environment and practice. I recommend you be able to stitch and thread a needle well. That is all. If you participate in all eight monthly offerings the finished outcome is enough to build a prayer flag-I am happy to do that with you as a reminder of your self care practice.

There is no refund for these events if you need to cancel. Please plan accordingly, you are however welcome to give your spot away to a friend.

I recommend- Slow Stitch by Claire Wellesley Smith, a much-needed guide to adopting a less-is-more approach, valuing quality over quantity, and bringing a meaningful and thoughtful approach to textile practice. We will look at stitching thru the filter of fine art with this book.

Claire Wellesley-Smith introduces a range of ways in which you can slow your textile work down, including:

  • Using simple techniques inspired by traditional practice (including hand-stitch rhythms)
  • Reusing and re-inventing materials (reuse even old textile projects)
  • Limiting your equipment
  • Mending revisited (practical and decorative techniques)
  • Project ideas and resources that help towards making a more sustainable textile practice


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