Six ways slow stitching helps you relax

Slow stitching helps you relax and be present in the moment. Read on to discover how slow stitching, otherwise known as resilient stitching or meditative stitching can help you wind down after a stressful day.

Slow stitching is the process of creating artwork from fabric cuts and textures. Unlike the process of mending or creating clothing, slow stitching is about hand stitching as art itself. As a painter would gather their paints and canvas, a slow stitcher gathers their textiles and thread to create their own masterpieces. 11% of the UK population already use sewing for stress relief, and slow, or resilient stitching takes this a step further. This form of stitching is about connecting with the process of creating that art. Read on to find out how slow stitching can help you relax.

#1 Be Present In The Moment

We often struggle to be in the moment, and many find it difficult to concentrate, which can lead us to lose control of our thoughts and let anxiety creep in. Meditative stitching is a form of selfcare, allowing us to slow down, focus on the here and now, and just appreciate the process of stitching and the textures of the fabrics. As slow stitching is a tactile process, it helps us connect with the present moment.

#2 Nothing Is Perfect
Working with small offcuts of fabric and different embellishments means that there aren’t going to be any perfect straight edges and clean lines. I feel that slow stitching is about ‘finding beauty in imperfection’ and finding beauty in things that are ‘imperfect, impermanent and incomplete’. As many of us are self-confessed perfectionists, slow stitching can help us relax and find the beauty in an imperfect design. This process is known in Japanese as Wabi-sabi, which is a worldview that focuses extensively on the beauty of the asymmetrical and incomplete.

#3 Take Your Focus Away From Work

Over half of us have felt more stressed working from home, a 2020 survey revealed. As many of us find the lines blurring between work and home, the resilient stitching of handicrafts can help to take your focus away from work. When you come to the end of your working day, or just need a few minutes break, make a divide between home and work life through sewing. The focus on being in the moment can help you unwind, decompress and relax.

#4 Gain Confidence In Your Abilities

Confidence in your abilities is a big part of relaxation. It’s the feeling that no matter what comes your way, you are a competent individual who can handle whatever life throws at you. Slow stitching helps you develop two skills – sewing and creating art. Stitching can act as a guided meditative process, where you can be in a natural state of mind, taking yourself away from the confidence-eroding thoughts that might be occupying your brain during the day. Relaxation through stitching is also a great way to build your confidence over time.

#5 Create With Your Hands

In a modern day world where most of us sit in front of a computer, we’ve lost that connection with nature and working with our hands. Several studies show that working with your hands is good for your brain. Psychology Today writer Susan Haas, M.D. believes that it is because working with your hands allows you to gain control over your environment and improve your resilience. Using our hands may actually be key to maintaining a healthy mood, and the lack of this type of activity may contribute to feelings of irritability, apathy, and depression. Slow stitching is an ancient crafting technique that allows you to work with your hands and gain all the therapeutic benefits of sewing at the same time.

#6 Engage With Your Creativity

Creativity can help with anxiety and even symptoms of depression. The process of creating artwork can help individuals articulate what they may find difficult to express in words. Achieving a creative project like a handicraft can help you boost your sense of self-worth, as you may have never considered yourself a creative individual before. Creative thinkers are better problem-solvers, as they can find solutions quicker and generally feel more resourceful and capable.

To sum up, slow stitching has many therapeutic benefits, helping us to slow down in order to enable our creative thinking. The process of stitching is about doing something for you, separately from the constraints of working life. Increase your confidence, creativity and self care through the art of mindful stitching.

I have created some beautiful kits containing everything you need to get started on your journey of slow stitching. 

It’s very simple to do. Sit quietly, take a few deep breathes to begin. Connect with the textiles and stitching as a process of meditation, rather than focusing on the end result. Beware though, it becomes addictive ☺️ and remember, there is no right or wrong, there is beauty in imperfection.

Stitch your way to moments of mindfulness and relaxation.

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