2019 will be a year of slowing down and being more productive. I know that sounds counterintuitive, but my hope is that planning, prioritizing and scheduling will keep me motivated in creating artwork and spark some new ideas.
I have been rushing my projects to meet deadlines and not enjoying the process. So, I decided to begin a 100 day Stitch Meditation Challenge for myself. Twice a week for the year 2019 I will sit quietly and hand stitch.
In the past few years, I’ve seen creatives embark on their own year long projects and wishfully thought about joining in. Realistically, I didn’t and still don’t feel I have time to work on a creative project daily. I certainly daydreamed about how that would look for me. But, the reality of sitting down to incorporate a daily project into my routine only caused me to become anxious and stressed.
As daily and 100 day projects popped up on social media recently, I decided to see how I could realistically commit to a year long art project. 100 days sounded more doable than daily. Then I calculated that 100 days in a year works out to twice a week. I certainly could fit two sessions of 20-40 minutes into a week!
I researched what other creative people did for their daily projects and have listed a few resources below. 100 days of Stitch Meditation is tailored for my life and my schedule. I want this project to work for me. I invite you to create your own year long practice. It can be machine stitching, drawing, painting, singing, whatever makes you happy. I’ve set out an outline of my project and will experiment with what works and what doesn’t, changing and editing as the year progresses.
100 Day Parameters
- 100 days over the year – therefore twice a week or whatever works for you
- spend between 20-40 minutes
- any size – I am choosing 5” square
- keep a curated collection of supplies in a container so it’s ready to go
- don’t focus on the outcome, be in the moment of creation
- experiment with new ideas, supplies, techniques – stitches, thread, and fabric combinations (insert your medium)
- will share on Instagram with hashtag: #stitchmeditation2019 and #100daysofart2019
- Video: Stitch Meditations with Liz Kettle of Textile Evolution
- Podcast: Liz Kettle explains Daily Stitch Meditations on The Slow Stitching Movement Podcast
- Essay: Swinnerton, Emma Louise. Mindful Stitch: Generating Dialogue In and Around the Threads of Wellbeing. 2014
- Blog: Wellesley-Smith, Claire. Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art. London: Batsford, c2015.
- Website: 1 year of stitches by Hannah Claire Somerville
This is only a brief list of resources available. As my year long stitch meditation journey unfolds, I will be sharing photos and more resources. Are you planning on joining me? I would love to hear from you. Share your favourite photos, websites, and books with me.
I hope you take time this year to really enjoy the process and to create what makes you happy and feeds your creativity. Let’s being the journey!