You know when you have a crazy idea?
Covid and life in general have meant that my poor old brain was busy with other things, but now, the crazy ideas are like the green coming back to the trees, like a fuzzy green mist of things to make and do.
The Springtime Slow Stitching Craft Kit is a crazy idea that started cooking a couple of months ago.
Similar in a way to the “Safe at Home” craft kit I developed during the pandemic, the Springtime Slow Stitching Craft Kit is designed to spark ideas, rather than provide instructions for making something in particular.
Slow stitching is a gentle, mindfulness kind of crafting. The focus is as much on the process as on the end result. It’s about giving our hands and minds the freedom of creative expression, without pressure or expectation.
During the pandemic, lots of us found that having something for our hands to do helped. And we don’t need a pandemic to need a break sometimes from the worry and anxiety that come from everyday life. Having something from our hands to do requires us to concentrate, and it’s very hard to worry about one’s children, or the state of the world when we are concentrating on something else.
So this kit comes with no instructions. There’s a brief introduction, with some ideas, then it’s up to you!
I’ve included pieces of pretty fabric, embroidery thread in gorgeous colours, ribbon and cotton lace trim.
The kit also includes “Things To Do In The Spring”, a Japanese card and the photo I used for the colour scheme.
The photo is actually one of the ones I mentioned the other week. I was hard to choose, but I think this one is my favourite. If you’d like to see the photos with the colour schemes, the post is here.
As I said in the colour schemes post, all but one of the photos were taken within a few miles of where I live in rural Norfolk in the UK, and that includes the one in the kit.
It’s been fun putting this together. I love the colours and the possibilities with bits of fabric and embroidery thread in pretty colours are endless.
Things I Might Make Using the Kit…
If I was going to make something in particular, I might make:
A notebook cover
A cushion cover
Or I might do something more abstract like:
Try out different stitches with the embroidery thread and the fabric
Try different ways of joining or layering the fabric
Sew blocks of colour
Make yarn from the embroidery thread and sew it to the fabric
Machine embroider over the fabric
I might just start sewing and see what happens! Experiments in slow stitching can always be turned into something practical or decorative later.
The kits are for sale here. If you have any questions, please ask me! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment at the bottom of the post.