The Handcraeft Collective is a local and online initiative to explore slow craft and promote practice, skill, wellbeing and community.
So, what does that mean? Envision:
A living, breathing, ever-changing group of individuals who come together and share a common interest in learning + practicing slow craft. Our focus is on process over project, connecting with others, starting where you are, learning new skills, and working only on projects that you enjoy. It’s an opportunity to enjoy a respite from our increasingly visually stimulating, demanding and distracting digital world, and enjoy quiet reflection and tactile stimulation on your own terms.
I want to explore with you all kinds of traditional techniques for the purpose of inspiring your own modern practice.
I’d like to offer workshops on various textile methods and processes:
embroidery, wool appliqué, stitch journals, piecing + patching, weaving, textile collage, hand quilting, mending, textile stamping + painting
Learning about the historical significance of these methods, processes and techniques lends an added dimension to our practice, and I will endeavor to include this element in our workshops. We may also explore related topics, such as sustainability, mindfulness, community outreach, or recycling/upcycling. These topics tend to be natural extensions of discussions surrounding fiber and textile arts.
We have a varied and diverse international community here in Groningen, and I can’t wait to help bring folks together to practice what we love. See the Workshops page for the autumn and winter course offerings.
See you soon, friends. 🖤
Slow Stitch Gathering
Join us to sit together and stitch while drinking tea, listening to music, chatting and generally not fretting about life or responsibilities. No experience with hand sewing? Just curious? Just come. Hang out with us to see what we’re working on. Bring what you have, and if you need supplies, I have lots of things available for you for purchase in the shop. We will celebrate your finished projects, but our focus will always be on process over project. You will always be greeted with friendship, ideas, techniques, and resources, should you want or need them.
The periodic Slow Stitch Gathering is free to attend. This autumn we’ll kick off a new year with a special gathering on the autumn equinox, Saturday, September 21st, then meet every other month. Click on the link below to RSVP on our meetup page. See you there!