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Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  312 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Sometimes less is more—and quality is more important than quantity. That's true in textile art too, and this much-needed guide brings a meaningful, thoughtful, and sustainable approach to stitchery. See how to slow down and experience more joy in your craft by trying simple techniques based on traditional practice, reusing and reinventing materials, and limiting equipment. ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Batsford (first published September 17th 2015)
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B. Jean
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic. Not only does it include further reading, it also includes many, many different artists. (It comes back to the author & her practice, but she efficiently weaves her own practice into the practices of others.) I actually found myself in these practices as well. For so long I've spoken about how I work with transient materials and how I value the memory in old fabric and repetitive processes, but I've never been able to find artists that synced up. Well, it turns out they e ...more
Erica
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Why do people not understand that 'mindfulness' is merely (overused) marketing speak? I did not learn anything new from the book - it's all been printed before. And for me, art has to be something which moves me, which impacts my soul. None of the 'art' in this book came anywhere near that. I was disappointed. Cas Holmes book, Stitch Stories, tells the same story as this one but does it much better. Her art is often gentle and thought provoking. ...more
Sandy
Jun 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I probably would have given this book more stars except it seems very close to Jude Hall's blog Spirit Cloth. ...more
Anya Toomre
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wonderful philosophy, beautiful cover, pictures and stitching. Lots to be inspired by n this book.
Annie Moore
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book.
Glo Sollecito
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is ideal for anyone who would love to explore the experience of stitching in a free expansive way. No rigid patterns, specific stitches or rules. I love the artfulness of thought, contemplative nature of her approach and the attention to seeing the deep beauty that comes from time and use. It also happens to be perfect for our times. I read it really S-L-O-W, a page or two at a time as a part of my morning practice.
Amanda Moore
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, sewing
For me, a fine introduction to the personal benefits of and reasons for hand stitching, some nice ideas and close photos of work, and some inspiration. This isn't a how-to book, there are no projects, and the resources aren't particularly helpful in the US, but I still found some great ideas, especially around using natural dyes. ...more
Anne
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love the idea of stitching as contemplative work, as well as reusing old fabrics, but I don't know what she does with the work pictured. It is neither finished nor presented, and if I stitch for hours, there needs to be something done with the work at the end. ...more
Sue
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: myp, 22crafts
In this book the author applies the principles of the Slow Movement (already well known through the Slow Food Movement in particular) to textiles. She comes from a family of makers, having learned knitting and sewing from her mother and grandmother, and therefore to some extent already understood the value of quality over quantity and "doing everything as well as possible rather than as fast as possible”. Although she relates to the problems of our current pace of life, she acknowledges that we ...more
Donna
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: creative-living
Non-fiction November 2019 - Design (1). Explains how the slow movement developed and inspired many aspects of life, here in stitching artistry involving several different approaches from using material and dyes locally produced to discovering what you have on hand to re-purpose. Reading this book and studying the photo illustrations lowers the blood pressure and puts one in a contemplative mood to begin incorporating slow stitching into one's own creative practice. ...more
stevegahan
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant book

This is the first book I have read of this sort, and what a great book it is. Its very well written, extremely interesting with a nice blend of history and technique and encourages you to have a go at slow stitching and how to go about it. Its really inspired me and I very much recommend it.
Charlyn
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
This book gives the reader the history of the slow stitch movement along with materials and techniques to incorporate. Wonderful photos of works are included to enjoy or to try to emulate techniques and stitches. Specific projects are described. There is enough variety to provide something for any stitcher--a nice collection for the needlework aficionado.
Teena
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The subtitle of this book tells it all - Mindful and contemplative textile art. There is a current focus on ‘slow stitching’, enjoying the process rather than rushing for a quick end result, using (or re-using) unusual materials, and creating art rather than taking a ‘colour by numbers’ approach to craft.
Lynda
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love books about slow embellishments and this one is a good one for ideas. There are a lot of books on this subject but this one has good photos and instructions for a number of projects. It is a good book to get through the library and see if you want to buy it for your own personal library. It is a good read. If you would like to start slow stitching, this is a good resource.
Candy
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: quilting
You might want to pick this book up. As soon as you hold it in your hands, you'll want to open it.
I was surprised by how interesting this book turned out to be.
I never had a name for all the embroidery stitches I have learned, but now I know they are my "stitch vocabulary".
I also learned about "soft fascinations" and "desire paths".

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Vivian Wiltshire
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
I had heard of slow stitching before and thought I would give it a go but this book does nothing to make me want to do this technique....if you can call it that. To me its like a mish mash of stitches and textiles and not in a good way. Definitely not my thing or style at all and so I did not like this book but did enjoy looking at the textiles so I gave it a 2.5 stars out of 5 stars!!
Rachel
Dec 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: craft
This book was full of truly lovely work, but it was largely in essence "fine art" textile work, which felt slightly at odds with how the book valorizes historically practical textile work. Would love a similar take on slow stitching that incorporated practical textiles like garments, housewares and quilts. ...more
Emma Filtness
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book, wonderfully illustrated with great photographs that pick up and showcase the details of texture and stitch. A thoughtful, reflective and practical book full of inspiration for those interested in a slower and greener practice.
Karen
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
The slow movement is a movement for all of culture. Food, art, clothing and more. This is a beautiful book. The art portayed uses natural fabrics and simple stitches. I would love to try the natural dyeing techniques as well.
Ambur Taft
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: craft-and-arts
Interesting & imaginative but way to chaotic for my crafting....I had to look at it as an artwork book and appreciate what each person has created and the thoughts behind hand stitching as a therapy and a lost tradition and not as a book I would purchase and use as a reference.
Jean
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow Stitching

This is a great introduction. When I finished reading it, I wanted to rush down to my studio and drag out all my threads and saved fabrics from my mother and mother-in-law and do something creative, something that was my own, but still part of them.
Yellowoasis
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
Such a wonderful, inspiring book. Forget the fusty, dusty old image of hand sewing - this book urges you to get a needle and thread and some fabric and just start. I'm looking forward to her next book with eager anticipation. ...more
Laura
Mar 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking
After reading a number of books in this vein I think this is one I enjoyed the most- less of a step by step instructional book and more a discussion of the techniques and the art and meditation of slow stitch.
Kat
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Do you want to slow down and appreciate the simple act of stitching? This book is full of ideas and inspiration.
Joann
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have had a wonderful run on excellent needlework books recently. This is but another inspirational book well worth pursuing.
Jonna Gjevre
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arts-and-crafts
Evocative meditation on textile art. Rather than focusing on completing finished products, the author celebrates the process of creation.
Kristin
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Inspiring and gorgeous book. Made me think about time, creating for the sake of it and sustainability and the textile industry. A fast read, with gorgeous photos, definitely a shot of inspiration.
Shenine Wangmo
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
the whole book is inspiring and I LOVE the cover design & texture
Helen
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Take a deep breath. Stitching and knitting help. I love the straight stitch, embellished with French knots. Dots and dashes, at random.
Anne
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
This is a lovely, meditative read. It has some instructions without being an instruction book. It is more of an art book with pictures and suggestions for the reader's own slow stitching experience. ...more
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