I know the deadline for submitting the blog has now passed, but I finished off my piece for Alice Kettle’s Stitch12Stitches project just now! And I felt that even if this post is not graded, I would like to have it up on my blog. The idea is to stitch your time in isolation onto a white piece of fabric in either a rounded way or to fill a circular space. Alice will them compile the entries into a stitched quilt. So here is my piece! Continue reading
With the deadline tomorrow, I thought I would share one last sample I made during the project exploring the technique of couching and say some thanks!
Stitch in Mental Health & Mindfulness
Embroidery as mindfulness dates back to the first World War, where it was used to keep the hands and minds of soldiers busy who were suffering from PTSD. An example of what is called diversional therapy which, “is a client centered practice [that] recognizes that leisure and recreational experiences are the right of all individuals.” (Diversional therapy, n.d.)
This helped to establish The Disabled Soldier’s Embroidery Industry. Ran from 1918-1955 this industry acted as skills-development, helping those ex-servicemen to raise their self-confidence. In addition stitching textiles with others helped to form bonds with those who had shared experiences, as well as make a bit of money. All through the power of embroidering items for industry and for themselves! Continue reading
On a beautiful sunny Saturday, I went out to visit the May Morris Exhibition at the Dovecot! I find blog exhibition posts particularly tricky to do, because I always take thousands of photos than feel overwhelmed when I have to post them all! My phone camera has a very high resolution too, so it means I individually resize every photograph uploaded on this blog. The more you know!
For this weeks lesson, we explored both the CAD Embroidery Lab and learned about stitch on the sewing machine.
Here are my CAD notes I quickly typed out while Hannah taught us the secrets of the CAD Lab:
One of the most common uni challenges is finding that social life and school work balance. Week 8 was not my time to shine. Given that Stitch starts on Monday at 9 A.m. (bright and early!). And I am an anemic, underweight girl who’s medication comes with a side effect of tiredness-so you can see where this is going-I was very much unfortunately not awake when I walked in. I also went out on the Sunday night prior to this class. (Once again, ground breaking and shocking considering my low energy levels and the fact that I rarely leave my flat past 7 P.M.) But the reason I went out was very very exciting!