with new Slow Stitch workshop series
Manitoulin Expositor Wednesday April 1, 2015
by Robin Burridge
Slow Stitch started at the Little Current United church (the host of the circle project and where the panels are displayed) in February and runs weekly on Thursdays from 1 - 4 pm.
"There are no rules and people can drop in whenever" explained Ms Martin. "You can start whenever too, you don't have to have been coming since February. Also, it is free, I'm just asking people to bring their own materials." Slow stitch, or "slow cloth" as it is commonly known, is a term defined by fiber artist Elaine Lipson, noted Ms Martin. She said that Ms Lipson's 10 requirements for slow cloth include joy, contemplation, skill, diversity, teaching, materials, quality beauty, community and expression.
The Manitoulin Community Circle Project consists of four panels: Layers of Time, Mended World, Precious Water and Earth Ark and was born out of an assignment Ms Martin was working on through the Julia Caprara School and a course she was taking in liturgical embroidery. The stitches being taught by Ms Martin from the panels include French knots, chain stitch, St. George's cross stitch, eyelet embroidery stitch and packed stem stitch to name a few.
Joceyln Sobeski traveled from Espanola to attend last week's session as well. "I plan on making the drive as often as I can" said Ms Sobeski of the Thursday workshops. "I'm constantly evolving as an artist and I want to see fiber art in a different way, through Judy's eyes." Jan Stenschke also made the trek from off-Island to attend a session. Ms Stenschke said that a fellow artist learned about Judy's slow Stitch workshops online and thought it would be interesting. "I like to try new things" added Ms Stenschke's friend Carmell Tidd.
Ms Maritn said she is also using the workshops to help prepare for a course she's teaching at Fiber Arts Newfoundland 2015. "My course is on the meditation panels," said Ms Martin. "I will be bringing the panels with me in suitcases from the church and teaching a course over three days on how to design and make a meditation panel." As for Slow Stitch, the workshop series is open ended and ms Martin urges anyone who is interested to drop by the Little Current United Church any Thursday from 1 - 4 pm to learn more or try their hand at fiber art.