Wordless Wednesday: Mindbody Medicine: My Fabric Stash!

 

Photo:Kathy Morelli, LPC

Photo:Kathy Morelli, LPC

Creating with your hands is a wonderful way to enter into the experience of the essential flow state. To be fully immersed in flow state is to be so absorbed in your task that you lose self-consciousness, your emotions are positively engaged and and you experience deep satisfaction. Developing a hobby is a good way to define a sense of self around positive experiences, outside of depression, postpartum depression and anxiety.

I enter the creative flow state when I am around fabric. I love the look and feel of fabric, all kinds of fabric…so many textures and colors! I’ve been creating with fabric since 1988, when I started making fabric bears and dolls to de-stress from my corporate job. I have so much fun researching patterns, then choosing fabrics and ribbons and decorative buttons to go with the pattern. I’ve been collecting fabric for a while! Take a peek at my fabric collection!

Photo:Kathy Morelli, LPC

Photo:Kathy Morelli, LPC

Creating with color and beads and lace is one of my favorite past-times. Slowing down and focusing on the creative task at hand is relaxing for me.  Developing an expressive hobby helps develop different aspects or sides of the self.  Mulling over  color and texture releases my expressive self in a way that writing doesn’t.

Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC

Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC

I used to browse Cloth World,  Rag Shop and JoAnne’s Fabrics for hours, with my son in the stroller!  Too bad Cloth World & Rag Shop went out of business. When we moved, there was no JoAnne’s nearby! But I hear a JoAnne’s is opening near me in Riverdale this fall!   Here’s a look inside my fabric stash!

Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC

Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC

Fabric hound heaven is Keepsake Quilting in Meredith, NH!

 

Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC

Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC

I mixed and matched sets of fabric and packaged them together in project packs!

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I also like to mix and match and put together project packs!

 

Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC

Photo: Kathy Morelli, LPC

This one is set up for a dog lover! A decorative wall hanging and pillow!

 

In the next week or so, I’ll share a wall hanging that’s in process…incorporating natural materials such as feathers, gemstones and branches.

 

 

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4 Responses to “Wordless Wednesday: Mindbody Medicine: My Fabric Stash!”

  • Rae:

    Thanks for this fun post! We were talking about this at home the other day, the calming nature of the essential flow state. I had an elementary school teacher who would read to us while we made things with our hands and it was so relaxing. It is great for clearing the head and coming up with new ideas. I think we miss out on opportunities to relax since we are not doing doing the repetitive tasks our ancestors were. What mom doesn’t find some peace in just doing dishes?

    Can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on!

    Rae

    • Hi Rae – Thanks for stopping by! I love that you have that memory of your teacher reading to you while you used your hands. I think that is such an important way to build body and brain knowledge. I agree with you, we are getting away from doing calming, repetitive tasks in community and we are losing an important way to reduce stress and feel like apart of a group. thanks, Kathy
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  • Oh my–JoAnne’s…that brings back memories from childhood. My mom loved to go there. I remember the patterns by McCalls and feeling guilty because I would stare at the image on the pattern and think how my mom’s creations fell short…

    Your dog fabrics are adorable, Kathy! Self-care comes in many different sizes, shapes and colors 🙂
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