While you’re slow stitching, it’s almost impossible to start bitching!
Okay, perhaps I’m using a sweeping generalization here, but don’t you think that it could be possible? I belong to many slow beading and stitching Facebook groups, and they share an awful lot of very nice people!!
There’s obviously a wide range of talent levels, but everyone seems to appreciate the work that the others do. No, not everyone comments, or even “Likes” the posts, but neither do they add snide remarks. Of course, I don’t review every post, for every group that I’m in (I’ve joined too many), but I do graze and spot read, and what I see is quite heart warming! Women (and a few men), supporting each other, in their creative pursuits!
My definition of slow stitching, is anything that’s done with your hands, using a needle and thread or yarn. The substrate, or backing doesn’t matter, and you don’t necessarily even need a backing! Bead embroidery, hand embroidery, mending, Boro, Kantha, hand piecing and quilting, weaving with various fibres, or bead weaving. Choose your pleasure, thread your needle, then go, go, go!! It’s a very simple process, that has been passed down for generations.
Isn’t it funny, that when times are tough, women (and some men) start stitching? It’s a universal stress reliever, with a plus! It’s very hard to bitch, when you’re in a state of Zen!
My personal involvement with the slow stitching movement includes bead embroidery, intuitive bead embroidery, bead embroidered art dolls, hand embroidery, and freeform peyote. Currently, I’m focusing on all sorts of bead embroidery, and my Stitch Meditations (hand embroidery). I’m helping out, in an Administrator capacity (mainly approving members), on two separate Facebook groups right now, Stitch Meditations, and the Bead Journal Project. One is a rapidly growing group, but the other still needs to be refreshed and revived! They are two very different groups, but they both share the stress-free experience. I’m loving it!
I know that knitting, crocheting, and other crafts also help to de-stress your life, but I can’t comment on those groups, as I don’t belong to any of them.
On another note, I’m planning to work on two different Stitch Meditation series in 2019. An indeterminate number of “Twinchies” (2” x 2”, hand embroidered pieces), and a long, narrow stitched scroll (probably about 6” wide, by who knows how long). I’ve already completed a small, Unintentional Stitch Meditation scroll, that I started a year or so ago (before I knew about the project). I expect both series to be mainly hand embroidery, with just enough bead embroidery, and other media added to mix it up!
As for bead embroidery, I have a Bezelling a Cabochon, and Bead Embroidered Button class coming up, and later a Beaded Art Doll Workshop. I’ll also schedule another Stitch Meditation class, as soon as possible. Don’t forget to check out the BeadFX class calendar for some of the other available classes, that may just the thing to tickle your fancy!
Stop everything you’re doing, and let’s stage a revolution! Take up your needles, and just start slow stitching! I’m sure that it will spill over to other parts of your life, and you’ll be glad that you made the effort!! Besides, what else are you going to do with yourself during this long winter?