Craft= presence+expression+connection= homing
This project is about slowing down, putting down devices, being mindful of the preciousness of the right now, the people around us, and feeding our souls/ enhancing our lives with creativity and making.
I will spend July/August stitching as many hugs as I can (aiming for 100!) to give to friends and strangers. It's my way of affirming the importance of making, of using my hands to express myself, anchor myself in time and place, share stories and connect with others.
I would love YOU to join me too!
WHY STITCH-A-HUG and the EMOJI HUG?
So much of our communication and connection with each other is virtual, instantaneous, and convenient, and perhaps, not as mindful or authentic as it should be. Stitch-a-hug-month, is an opportunity to slow down and use our hands to make something special for others.
Hugs - actual or symbolic - connect us to others in a positive way. Using the emoji hug is a symbolic reminder of the importance of finding balance in the ways that we connect with each other.
In the absence of being there to deliver a physical hug, an emoji hug in digital communication might express the idea of care/ compassion/ love in serious or playful ways.
spending mindful energy and time to stitch-a-hug for someone else amplifies that expression of care/compassion/love.
a stitch-a-hug, accompanied by a real, big, squishy hug in person? KAPOW!!That's super charged happiness!
HOW TO PARTICIPATE…
You can participate by hand-crafting your own hug(s) for friends … (or strangers, if you like.)
1. Follow my Stitch-a-hug-month blog on www.lennimk.com.au and/or Instagram R https://www.instagram.com/lennimk1/
for access to:
" stitch-a-hug inspiration boards,
" patterns, how to and templates
" stitch-a-hug happenings and stitch-ins
" inspiration/resources on craftivism, the slow movement, creativity, stitching and well-being.
2. Stitch-a- hug(s) for a friend (s) between now and the end of August.
3. Connect with others to stitch-a-hug and share/post your stitch-a- hug and hug making on social media using #stitchahugmonth and #craft2connect.
You might also like to add #craftcubed2018 and tag me if you are posting on Instagram with @lennimk1
NOTE: This isn't an anti- social media campaign. The focus of this project is about using craft and making to be present in the moment and finding balance: using the best of what digital/social media has to offer i.e.: connecting beyond geographical and physical spaces and sharing information/inspirations, so that anyone/everyone can have a go at hand making something to share with others.
DO I HAVE TO BE ABLE TO EMBROIDER/CROCHET/KNIT/SEW TO PARTICIPATE?
You do not have to be an expert/ experienced crafter/maker/ embroider/knitter/crocheter/sewer to stitch-a-hug!
As long as you can use a pair of scissors, thread a needle, read, watch, explore ideas, you can have a go!
You can use any fibre/textile-based technique or medium that you want. The key is to stitch and make with your hands.
Why stitching? Stitching engages your brain in a self-induced state of focusing. It improves concentration, stimulates mindfulness and creativity.
Your stitch-a-hug(s) don't have to be "perfect" - just handmade with mindfulness, care and love!
Beginner stitch-a-hug inspirations and how to templates are available.Go to www.lennimk.com.au:Stitch-a-hug-month.
About me: My name is Lenni Morkel-Kingsbury. I design, make, write and grow things. I live and work in regional Victoria.
Contact via website or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more go to: www.lennimk.com.au
About YOU: You like the idea of stitch-a-hug-month, and want to take the opportunity to slow down, be present and connect through creativity and making.
~Give a friend a slow hug- join me for stitch-a-hug-month~ Lenni