Art therapists and other mental health practitioners are increasingly using sewing as a medium, particularly in places where it is culturally relevant, to help people tell their stories graphically. Though art therapists may use textiles and fabric in practice, little is found in the art therapy literature that addresses textile work with trauma survivors. Similar to traditional art therapy groups and open studio, making story cloths in community provides a connection with others and an opportunity to create process, and cope with traumatic events.





Embroidery is the craft of decorating fabric or other materials using a needle to apply thread or yarn. Embroidery may also incorporate other materials such as pearls, beads, quills, and sequins. … Those stitches remain the fundamental techniques of hand embroidery today.


I love hand embroidery I feel like it can take you to a different world that is slow and calm you can sit and be quiet while you do it repeating the same stitch over and overbuilding it up like a picture or challenge yourself but doing harder stitches or multiple stitches changing colors or just starting without an objective and just creating playing with the length and space in between each stitch it can be on a piece of clothing or something that is meaningful for the client.


After my granny died I found it helpful to collect and stitch a cushion for my wedding from fabric that she had made to be connected to this process to add to something as she had already made to have a piece of her there at my wedding. I wonder could a client be able to make something that would hold so much meaning and memories for them a treasure that holds so much sentiment.


Machine embroidery is an embroidery process whereby a sewing machine or embroidery machine is used to create patterns on textiles. … Free-motion sewing machine embroidery uses a basic zigzag sewing machine. I really enjoy building up pictures with the sewing machine not as encusialy as I used to i have become a little more reserved after getting my finger stuck in one at college and needs=ing surgy to remove the broken needle in my finger i do get fash backs every so often when my nail touches a moving part and quickly remove it but it doesn’t stop me from having fun building up color taking the needle for a walk trapping fabric sewing over my felted pieces. building a new image above another. while there are risks with using a sewing machine it is exciting to control the speed and direction the color and the forms using you hands head feet and eyes to make are.

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