Slow Stichin

What to do with hubby’s old jeans? I’m not a big lover of denim, it’s an excellent fabric but very limited, it’s sturdy and hard wearing for a reason but it’s not exactly pretty…. or can we make it sew? Lol 😆

I’ve started a small project today using the “slow stitching” ethos, which is a global movement of crafters who use what we have, not buy more, reuse and up-cycle, make something beautiful out of redundant materials… stop it ending up in a landfill.

Mixed media artists like myself, who were weaned on the “make do and mend movement” of our grandmothers (Circa 20th century) and resurgence over the last 15 years, have embraced this gentle, mindful and relaxing form of creativity.

So I’m going to use my least favourite fabric and slow stitch (think winters evenings, no social media, no tv, hand stitching)

My inspiration is a form of embroidery called

Sashiko (刺し子, literally “little stabs” or “little pierce”) is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan that started out of practical need during the Edo era (1615-1868).

Picture credit from Pinterest

Slow is good….

2 thoughts on “Slow Stichin

  1. Hi Leigh, I love denim in all its forms & love ‘make do & mend’. I used to repair Mark & Dean’s jeans & now repair those of my grandsons. What goes around, comes around. Years ago when I made my own clothes I would take them apart & re – use the fabric. Nothing thrills me more than looking through a box of scrap fabric deciding what I can use. I’ve not heard of slow stitching but had heard of Sashiko. I wish you well in your endeavour. I’ve got loads of projects to pursue but am currently awaiting cataract surgery, plus I have glaucoma, so projects are on hold ’til after the surgery. Also in these dark, gloomy days the light isn’t so good. Love & Best Wishes, Peggy xx


    1. Lovely to hear from you. It makes me smile also to see embroidery and stitching becoming popular again. I’ve always been in love with fabrics and stitching of all kinds, I thank my teacher Mrs Kershaw in Church Road Primary School in Thornton. I was around 8 years of age I think.
      I did not know about your eyes, you know I work for the RNIB, if you need anything let me know. Keep up the drops and the Cataract removals will make such a difference. Let me know when.
      If you can make Chalk and Linen in the 2nd Feb I would love to see you there. Much love xx


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