Slow Stitching

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This past Summer I had lunch with a dear friend whom I hadn’t seen for years. Dagmar Plenk is an amazing fiber artist, and many of my award winning quilts contain her beautiful hand-dyed fabrics.

She had taken a break from quilting and dyeing, and is now getting back into it, but from a different angle. She’d spent a lot of time knitting over the past few years and handwork is a joy for her.

During our conversation she spoke about “slow stitching” and I had to say “wait, back-up, what in the world it slow stitching?”.

She explained it as a very organic experience in which she takes fabric, tears it into strips, and hand couches it to a background fabric with no real pattern or plan. I was intrigued. Then she showed me some pictures:

Dagmar Plenk slow stitching



Here’s a picture of her work in progress:

Dagmar Plenk slow stitching

She said she’s tried to start with a plan, but it never turns out as well 🙂 .

Since  September I’ve watched her participate in a “hundred day challenge” on Facebook. Here is her first post:Dagmar Slow Stitching

And days 2 and 3:

dagmar slow stitching

She is now up to day 30 and the journey has been very interesting:


I’m fascinated by her process and the beautiful pieces she’s created. Thanks Dagmar, for sharing this intriguing fiber art with us.

If you’re interested in the “Slow Stitching” movement, Dagmar recommended typing it into a search engine. I also found oodles of info on Pinterest.

Have you done any slow stitching? Any pictures or thoughts you’d care to share? Please send them to me at

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  • Thank you, Carolyn said:

    Chris, Your post is displayed so artistically, and Dagmar’s items are so colorful and creative! She must be very patient to desgn and stitch such intricate pieces!
    Thanks to you and she for sharing, Carolyn

  • Peg Larson said:

    Mark Lipinski did a presentation in Beaver Dam at Nancy Zieman’s Sewing Days. He described “Slow Stitching” as pausing to enjoy the process vs. the production goals that are so prevalent in the industry. I love handwork, but occasionally realize that I am focused on getting it done, not enjoying the doing. Regardless of the method being used, hand or machine, enjoy the process!


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