Learn Mindful Stitch Techniques to help reduce anxiety and stress

Let us show you how to use hand stitch as a way of reducing your stress and anxiety levels

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Learn Mindful and Relaxing Stitch Techniques to help reduce stress and anxiety. We've produced this FREE short project based course to try to help you relax and de-stress at what has become a very difficult time for everyone around the world because of the Covid19 Pandemic. Here at School of Stitched Textiles, we are firm believers in the power of stitch to help everyone relax and de-compress a little. Repetative running stitches are used for this cushion project, so you can lose yourself in the rhythm of the stitch without having to spend time getting to grips with complex techniques before you start. If you prefer, you can also just watch Gail sew her piece and watch as she progresses, as we know some people find that very soothing too. We've used basic fabrics and threads that you are likely to have around the house if you already enjoy craft, so you don't need to source hard to find materials either. You can adjust the colours and thread choice to suit what you have in stock and your own colour schemes. So, put on some relaxing music, grab a soothing drink and makes a start!

p.s. in an effort to reach out to everyone just now, we have made the instuctions for the course creative commons, so feel free to pass them on to anyone who you think would benefit from some relaxing stitching, even if they can't easily access the internet. If you want to reproduce them on your blog or website, feel free, but please do credit us for them. For those who can easily access the internet, you're welcome to pass on the enrolment page address so they can do the course for FREE themselves.

Your Instructor

Gail Cowley
Gail Cowley

Gail has numerous City & Guilds qualifications, Teaching Certificate in Adult and Further Education, BTEC Diploma in Art & Design, Bachelor of Design (Hons) specialising in design for Textiles & Metal, Post Grad Cert in Education, MA in Education and a PhD in Education. Her interests are particularly in machine embroidery & computer aided design. Gail enjoys gardening, walking and Hatha yoga in her free time.

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and you get access to it immediately. You may need to confirm your email address, so keep an eye on your email and junk folders. We'll keep it running for FREE for as long as the Covid19 pandemic lasts.
How long do I have enrol onto the course?
You can access it for as long as the Covid19 panedemic is around and keeping people indoors. Eventually, when that has passed we will simply stop taking new enrolments onto it, but you'll still be able to access the videos and notes if you are already enrolled.
Will I need any special materials or equipment?
Not really - we've designed it to be as easy as possible to use what you may have in at home. You can use a sewing machine to speed up the prep and making up, but you could equally hand sew instead. A list of requirements is below; Ground fabric - any lightweight cotton, patterned or plain 53.5cm (21") square 3 strips of fabrics in your choice of colours in lightweight cotton fabric, each 20.5 x 53.3 cm (8 x 21") Selection of threads which can include sewing cotton, stranded cotton, perle cotton and others to match your chosen colour scheme. Embroidery or Chenille needle that your chosen threads in a size that your chosen threads will fit through the eye of. Small scissors and a basic sewing kit such as pins, tape, fabric scissors etc. For making the finished panel into a cushion you'll need; Backing fabric -53.5 x 81.5cm (21 x 32") in lightweight cotton fabric Cushion pad - either 14 or 16" square

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