Have you discovered the slow sewing movement?
It’s all about grabbing your needle and thread, your basket of bits and bobs and slowing down to enjoy the simple process of sewing by hand.
For me, it has another element…. savouring the journey of adding bits of fabric and pretty notions without planning, without perfection… simply meandering along… taking slow breaths and quieting the mind. I’ve made it almost a meditative practice and one that I thoroughly enjoy.
This past weekend I abandoned my planned projects to take in some ‘ME’ time and a slow sewing project was the perfect way to unwind.
I started by gathering a basket of pretties; inspired first by a piece of spotty pale blue fabric. I added to that some other blue fabrics, embroidery cottons, buttons and embellishments. It was quickly apparent that I was making something using a limited palette in shades of blue. In a way, that made it even easier, to just relax and sew.
I don’t always have a finished project in mind when I slow sew because I try to remain focused just on the sewing. As I was adding swatches of fabric to my main panel, I was leaning towards a heart design.
Hearts are often my go-to project when I want something simple.
Whether they are flat or stuffed, hearts make great gifts or decor items.
I added a backing fabric to my slow sewing panel and created a heart shape using my sewing machine. I left an opening near the base of the heart, so I could stuff it with craft wadding.
Next step in the process is adding some more embellishments like mini crocheted flowers, a heart pin, mini cotton spools, plus snippets of lace, ribbon, doilies and other pretty bits and pieces.
Slow sewing will not only give your creativity a boost, but it is also the perfect way to de-stress.
And, you can spend a mere hour or two on a mini project on tackle a much larger on-going project.
I think my pale blue heart will make a perfect gift for a crafty friend!!
PIN for later ~ thank you for sharing my project.
Happy ‘slow sewing’ my friends.
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Concetta De Lucia says
Thank you lovely Concetta 🙂
Pam Foster says
Your heart is so pretty with such gentle colours, thank you for sharing ?
Blue is my personal favourite Pam and always a joy to create with 🙂
Mvg Gina Belgium ?
Thanks Gina 🙂
It was an enjoyable day in the studio!
Thank you Karolina. It was a joy to make 🙂
I love Slow Stitching and your Heart is lovely. Just my style! Simply Stunning!
Thank you Sherry. I love just seeing where my stitches take me…. you never know how it is going to turn out 🙂
Deborah Berry says
Oh my goodness Kerryanne, this MIGHT just be my favorite craft that you’ve shared?!!!! If it’s not, it’s at least ONE of my all time favorites??? I love love love this beautiful heart snippet lovely??? I love the soft blue…my favorite color? I always love and so appreciate your creations and your talent, Kerryanne? You have inspired me to try my hand at this!!! Since reading your post earlier today, I’m in the process of making one for a friend as a hostess gift??? I will let you know how it turns out??? Thank you ever so much for sharing this beauty Kerryanne??? (I also love love love pink roses, so I will have to make one in soft pink fabric?) Big Smiles, Deborah ???
This little fabric heart came out so pretty and sweet. I understand completely the method that you used. This is exactly how I scrapbook. I will attend a scrapbook event and watch people around me quickly glue photos onto pages and then move on to the next sheet. I imagine they feel quite accomplished when they’ve completed 10 pages in one evening. Not me. I savor the process as I go playing with paper scraps and embellishments that I have left from other projects as I compose a page that compliments the photo–unique, detailed, and lovely. I use chalks to soften colors and dark ink stain to age the paper sometimes. I allow myself
to become completely absorbed in it. Just like you did with your fabric heart.
Sandra Steele says
So gorgeous! You have such a talent for taking simple items and putting them together to make something stunning! I love the soft color of blue!
Janet Skinner says
Thank you Kerryanne, beautiful project.
Thank you Janet. I thoroughly enjoyed my slow stitching project 🙂
Rita Thompson says
precious! Where do you purchase the mini scissors and spools?
Hi Rita, I get the little brass elements at my local paper crafting store. They are usually sold in craft stores, scrapbooking stores, jewellery suppliers and definitely online.
I hope you find something cute to use!
Rita Thompson says
Thank you so much Kerryanne for replying. I look forward to finding some!