I’m so pleased to share my slow stitching kits with you!
I’ve incorporated slow stitching into my regular daily stitch practice over the last year. It’s really transformed how I feel about hand sewing and has a calming, relaxing and restorative effect on me.
What is slow stitching, you ask?
It’s not complicated, I promise. You don’t need a lot of fancy tools or supplies to get started. You really only need a needle, thread, scissors and some fabric. I really enjoy just sitting and stitching, much like doodling with pen and paper. I used to feel guilty about wasting fabric or pressure to “make” something, but not anymore! It’s not just about a finished product. Sure, it’s fun to make things and I definitely enjoy the satisfaction of finishing a project. But when I’m slow stitching it’s different. I don’t feel the pressure of doing it “right” and I don’t even usually pull out stitches I don’t like. It’s incredibly liberating! I usually just stick with a simple running stitch, but if I’m feeling fancy, I’ll try out some fun decorative stitches. No one inspects my work, including me, and I don’t feel the need to do extensive planning.
To make it easy for you to get started, I’ve put some slow stitching kits together for you. Kit contents will vary from project to project, but you will at the very least receive a selection of fabrics, needles and threads. I have tons of fun and useful hand sewing tools in the shop you can choose as well. Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve come up with. Some of these ideas came from questions you all have asked me. If you have a question, please send it my way! I’m always happy to help.
- Your kits will often contain multi-stranded embroidery floss. You can choose to separate the strands and use between 1-6 strands at a time, depending on your thread. The Retors du Nord cotton floss and Laine St. Pierre wool floss has four strands. I recommend using a larger-eye needle for these threads. I use a size 24 or 26 chenille needle, both of which are typically included in slow stitch kits.
- Use smaller-eye needles for thin sewing thread.
- Fil au Chinois linen thread works best with larger eye chenille needles. This will be included in your needle book as part of your kit.
- Your slow stitch kit includes a larger piece of foundation fabric, usually hand-dyed or natural muslin, as well as several pieces of coordinating fabric to stitch on. You might want to add a piece of cotton or wool batting and/or a piece of backing fabric. For me, it just depends on the kind of stitching I want to do and what I want my piece to look like. If I want it to puff up a little bit, I add a piece of batting behind my foundation fabric. If I want to finish my piece and bind it later, I definitely add a piece of backing fabric.
- Add whatever you want to your slow stitch kit – it’s yours! Seriously, it’s fun to find little scraps of fabric or paper to add to your stitching. Maybe a leaf, a wooden button or something you find on a nature walk. Add it in! I will try to make the thread offerings different in every single kit so that you won’t have duplicates. You can use any of the threads from all your kits on all your projects.
- Please share with us your work! Tag me @handcraeft or use the hashtag #handcraeft and show off your work. I can’t wait to see it!
If you have any questions or think of something that’s not addressed here, please let me know!