Swap-bot Time: August 6, 2020 12:00 pm

N&T: Meditative Twinchie

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Group:Needle and Thread
Swap Coordinator:LahDeeDah (contact)
Swap categories: Twinchies 
Number of people in swap:9
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:June 27, 2019
Date items must be sent by:July 18, 2019
Number of swap partners:1

I was introduced to the concept of meditative stitching by @mgallardo68 through a swap she offered in her International Small Swaps group. I love the idea of stitching a small piece of something simply to unwind, relax and follow the muse. Her swap, in fact, inspired me to found this group because I know, even if I couldn't do anything else worthwhile with a needle and thread, I can enjoy doing this. I'm hoping others who may be intimidated by the thought of hand stitching will find courage in this, as well.

Please watch this instructional video of Liz Kettle demonstrating the process.

Assuming others enjoy this, I will host a series of these swaps with more partners. Eventually we may gather enough meditative twinchies to make a charming patched sampler. For consistency, I'm establishing two boundaries:

1) Your foundation piece must be a felt square, and

2) Your felt square must be a twinchie (2" X 2")

Aside from that, you're free to do whatever your heart desires. You can, but are not required to, incorporate paper (I've found I like adding bits of Gelli prints on deli paper), beads, charms, et cetera. Because you may be mailing a twinchie to someone in a country with strict customs regulations, do not add organic materials to your piece until partners are assigned and you are certain your partner will be able to receive it.

PLEASE NOTE: As I've been working on these I've come to realize that the perfect little two-inch squares you begin with sometimes morph into not-so-perfect, not-so-two-inch squarish shapes by the end of the project. Because of that, do not rate your partner down if the twinchie you receive is not perfectly sized with sharp, ninety-degree-angle corners.

P. S. The ones I have cut to size after the sewing has been completed are more accurate. It's also more tricky to make them this way. I found that placing a two-inch cardboard template over the finished piece and cutting around that worked well. So, cutting your piece out after it's done is a suggestion but not a requirement. Bottom line, shoot for accuracy but forgive (and appreciate) imperfections.

P. P. S. The back of your twinchie does not need to be finished or looking good.


  • You will have one partner.

  • You will send your partner one twinchie.

  • Your twinchie will begin with a felt foundation.

  • Your twinchie will represent one meditative stitching session.

  • Include your username and swap title in the swap package.


LizzyJo 05/29/2019 #

This both intrigues and scares me.

LahDeeDah 05/29/2019 #

Aack! You can't be scared! This is supposed to be relaxing :-)

kiddomerriweather 05/30/2019 #

I love this idea!!!

LizzyJo 05/31/2019 #

OK, I guess I have to admit that these crazy little things are addictive.

LahDeeDah 06/ 1/2019 #

I'll be your sponsor, Jo.

Oh, wait! I'm addicted too! That's not going to work. O_o

Heynowokay 06/ 3/2019 #

I’ve never done a Twinchie, this sounds intriguing!

LahDeeDah 06/ 3/2019 #

Careful, Lizzie! You're headed down the rabbit hole :-)

Heynowokay 06/ 5/2019 #

Well, I’m also pretty neurotic about planning what I make, so this will be a challenge for me to just roll with what I make in the moment!

LahDeeDah 06/ 5/2019 #

@LizzyJo and I said that very thing to each other awhile back. I don't know how she's doing now, but I've discovered that, once I get going, I am actually able to chill out and just begin playing around with materials and stitches. I hope that happens for you, too. If not, no harm done as long as you're enjoying the process. :-)

Heynowokay 06/ 6/2019 #

Yay, I’m super excited to get started this weekend on some!

gooddog56 06/ 8/2019 #

I find the 2 inch size difficult to hold for any length of time, (old arthritic hands, painful pincer grasp with left hand) so will be stitching mine on a larger piece of felt and then cutting it down to size...

gooddog56 06/ 8/2019 #

Finished my first attempt at this, it was fun! I like the idea of having enough of these to put together into a sampler, and think that I would also be interested in making 4 inch squares...those could work with the 2 inch size for a sampler, and also allow for larger fabric pieces to be used. I felt a little hobbled by having to use tiny bits of fabric.

LahDeeDah 06/ 9/2019 #

Kathy - Thanks for that input! Oddly enough, my first ever attempt was aborted because it was too big and painful (6") for me to hold which inspired my twinchie idea. A four-inch option is a good compromise. That may work better for everyone. I will definitely give that a go!

Heynowokay 06/ 9/2019 #

I enjoyed the 2x2 because I bead such small projects as is, but I found that the smaller the canvas, the harder it is to be meditative and just flow because there is so little work room! Either way, super fun and looking forward to similar projects in the future!

JediLibrarian 07/ 2/2019 #

I so loved this!! Please do more!

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