Do you remember the world before the Internet? What did we do before screens, tablets and phones?
I remember growing up with books instead of TVs and tablets; walking to the bookstore and stopping at the bakery to buy a pastry (or two); taking the train to go downtown which gave me time to daydream or read a book or knit a scarf. It was the same for a lot of other people travelling at the same time I was. We got to know each other after a while, and shared conversations. Not a single screen in sight.
The world seemed to move at a slower pace then, and although I use technology every day – it seems we cannot escape it – not even during our creative moments. I wonder sometimes about our need to do everything faster. This is where the slow movement comes in. Its origin can be traced to the mid-1980s and the beginnings of the Slow Food Movement in Italy started by Carlo Petrini who became haunted by what he considered fast food companies eroding Italy’s ancient culinary culture. Closer to home, one man set out to change the way we create, stitch and quilt. Mark Lipinski created the Slow Stitching Movement as a mission to tell quilters and stitchers to stop and slow down, to prepare people for a higher form of creativity and important work in the needle and fiber arts. The slow movement is not about doing everything at a snail’s pace. It can be summed up in one single word: BALANCE.
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I do kantha embroidery designs on neck scarves made of silk and batik fabric. Very peaceful and meditative. I taught a friend of mine to slow stitch and she finds it very calming. 60 years ago, when I was a child, my mother saw slow stitching as a way to cool my tantrums. She would cut out squares of material and give me needle and thread to sew them together. Now I crochet to calm any tension. But my favourite is slow, even hand stitching.
Carla A. Canonico
Hi Isabel! I’m so happy to hear of your needlework interests and how these have given you comfort over the years. My knitting is my constant and go-to activity for a daily meditation. Now and then I get the urge to quilt. Thank you for sharing these tender memories of slow stitching and for your subscription! Most cheerfully, Carla
Truth: Slow Stitching aka Meditative Stitching does just as they say… it calms the mind. Its inexpensive and requires no planning. Just needle, thread, fabric. Go in straight stitches, up down, over under, and around. Use various threads, color and weights. You’ll be surprised!