This book was a christmas present – I was quite keen to read it, so I dropped a few hints.
It is split into four sections; Slow, Materials and Techniques, Cross-Cultural Activity and Contemplative.
First, this is a beautiful book. The images are spectacular and the cover is fluffy! There are a lot of amazing ideas about mindful stitching practice – I particularly like the section on walking and community activities.
I am quite keen to try thread dying and the daily walking practice (where you observe the seasonal changes).
My only concern (as usual) is what to do with the finished pieces? The pieces in the book are beautiful, but do you frame them? Make a quilt out of them?
Although this is a book about slow stitching, it is really about a slow and sustainable life. Getting in touch with nature (through gardening and walking), sustainability (using things you already have) and community involvement. I’m a sucker for anything pretty and I certainly don’t ‘make do’. I have piles of yarn, embroidery threads, fabric and books, but I would like to live a slower and more meditative life.
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