Creating with the Fibers of our Being
The first thing we are wrapped in when we’re born, and the last thing we’re covered with as we leave this earth, textiles are our protectors, they keep us warm and they guard us from severe elements. Yet as a society, we’ve gotten so far from knowing how they are made.
Being able to repair damaged clothes, honor heirloom garments with special embellishments, and create newly imagined designs can be so much more rewarding than succumbing to trendy throw-away options that lure us with their cheap prices.
Below are just a few textile techniques that anyone can explore with minimal investment.
Natural dyeing can be done with used clothes, foraged plants, and an old bucket. Embroidery hoops and threads are affordable enough to buy with pocket change, and patchwork can be done with entirely recycled materials.
While it’s a pleasure to offer goods created for sale, it brings just as much joy to share the skills learned over a lifetime of textile obsession. Provided here are many levels of opportunity - free information available to all, goods created for purchase, as well as books and kits for a deeper dive into these techniques.
Natural dyes are a great way to express yourself creatively, while also connecting with the botanicals around you, whether they’re growing in your garden, or leftovers from your kitchen!
The natural world is abundant with an incredible spectrum of colors for us to experiment with, with a bit of patience, respect, and practice you can further explore this rainbow of materials.
Drawing with stitches, a technique known as embroidery, is not just a means for an end, it’s an exploration of materials and an invitation to slow down and spend some time listening to a long-form process.
Often the times when our brains are short circuiting from too much to-do too fast are the times when we most need a walk in the woods, a slow meal prepared and eaten without concern for whats on ‘the list’, or a few minutes (or hours) to catch up with a craft that we previously couldn’t fit into our schedules.
I find the times when I’m convinced I don’t have a moment for getting creative are the times when I truly need my creative practice.
Like meditation and other forms of mindfulness, hand crafts like embroidery can really help to soothe and center the brain, and can be done anywhere from the bustle of a crowded train to the open meadows of a verdant landscape.
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