Inspired by traditional Japanese and Indian techniques, my Mindful Stitching concept is about the process of hand embroidery rather than an overall design.
Letting your needle and thread move through the fabric without overthinking its path.
The calming effect this has is a form of mindfulness, aiding relaxation and reducing stress.
Studies have shown that partaking in crafts aids wellbeing; from reducing cortisol levels in the blood, to engaging the reward centre in the brain and giving one the space to contemplate one’s thoughts without being overwhelmed.
Learning new skills boosts self esteem and creates new neural pathways, thus helping brain health. With embroidery there is always more to learn, so participants can start on a continual journey.
Not only does embroidery help one relax, it can help one feel productive during down time too. I know this because that is my lived experience!
Even the briefest time spent being creative has a positive impact on our wellbeing and emotions.
"“Embroidery is brilliant for depression because it allows you to have something to show for your time. So even though it could be small, when you hold something in your hand that you have made it is a symbol of value. It says ‘you have value’. It says ‘this is something I have made’.
Emma Kenny - TV Psychologist and Presenter
"In our social media age, as we become more physically distanced from each other, sewing is a safeguard to isolation, a way to stay in touch with each other: hand and mind working in harmony to convey what lies in our hearts. For me and others, it sustains not just a sense of self but of belonging."
Clare Hunter - Threads of Life: a History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle
"The physical act of stitching also means we cannot dither around online, being sucked into social media rabbit holes. Nor are we watching television. This screen-free time is immensely important to our sense of wellbeing. When we employ mindful stitching, we are also making time for ourselves. This is crucial, especially for the perpetually busy."
Laura Turnbull - The Crewel Work Company
What I Do
Learn contemporary embroidery to relax, create and find your ‘me time’
With Mary Broddle Embroidery I want to share my passion for embroidery and help others find the enjoyment and mental health benefits it has afforded me.
Through my courses I hope to create a community of people who want to take time for themselves, connect with their innate creativity (we all have some, even if buried deep) and enjoy the process of stitching together. Think of the old sewing circles, that were once so prevalent in the USA or when women in Scotland would get together to work wool.
Embroidery is a creative pastime for all ages. There is a big community of stitchers making amazing contemporary art, and even many subversive designs, turning the concept of cross-stitched crinoline ladies on its head.