Trying again

I have one hundred 3″ cloth squares in various colours and a number of random letters left over from another project. Each day I will stitch one letter to one square and post it on Instagram and blog about the process here. This is to get into a habit of making and to make a micro system of recording my projects.  In keeping it small, and keeping it simple is to get myself a modest result and most of all to finish.

Because in last year”s #100 day project I was going along happily, then stopped for no apparent reason. I failed and took so long to recover. Really. This is a pattern of mine. When I am making something and feel good about it, I halt. There has been plenty of time for reflection as to why.

There were several contributing factors ( some might say excuses ) such as external circumstances and all manner of mindset games (generally known as the ‘inner critic’ ) that played in my head to divert me to ‘not’ doing. It is quite staggering the way the brain works to prevent a person ( that is, me ) to fulfill a simple aim, to make art for one hundred days. And when it didn’t happen, the consequences were drastic, to the extent that my grand daughter observed that my studio looked abandoned..
Some lessons learned from last time.
1. to focus only on the task, to finish the daily task. I found that I started to include other things that were not about the project, like celebrating my yoga days for example. Nothing to do with one hundred beautiful words.
2. There is what I call ‘force fixing ‘ mentally shaping the outcome – what it would look like, what would happen as a result, etc etc. Who knows what will happen as a result of 100 days of making or what it will look like. I have to just stitch each day, it will reveal itself as we go along.
3. When I’m doing something i love, ideas flow freely and open up the potential for bigger things, my mind becomes distracted, ambitious and gets carried far away from the task at hand.
4. Then there were the external circumstances, life showed up in the form of family drama and of course I dropped tools to help. There was no need for me to give up my project though, I just did.

So here, I am trying again, this time with a refined plan. To keep the whole process simple to execute, simple to record and simple to finish. To complete daily, to stitch over and over each day for 100 days. I’m hoping also to establish a routine that will lodge in my brain, for onward use into other endeavours. This is the intention ( after doing my daily stitching that is )

Photo-Up

In the course of making it is good to capture the stages along the way. It is especially important to get good images of the finished product. This is the received wisdom. So I have been behind the camera. learning. i hope it shows..

Yes- the Oysters are shaping up.

Working through the assembly sequence is interesting because of the different weights of cloth I’ve used. The red, pink and purple are furnishing weight cloth, which makes the wallets cosy… with a chunky feel. The black/dark grey works well, it lies flatter and is easier to stitch and accommodates the quilted templates more easily than the others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look! we made these……. at Lambeth Country Show

All these lovely people joined in Hope in Your Handbag™ taster workshop at Lambeth Country Show .They learned raw edge applique and stitched a small sample.It was a planned one hour workshop, we did two in the end. Here’s what I learned…children are decisive and focused, everyone finished their work, I love open air workshops…that I missed the camel racing and a falcon can break bone with it’s beak! Lambeth Country Show, a summer two day event at Brockwell Park, Brixton, is full of surprises.

Thanks to Tim at Brixton blog for hosting the workshop, Kristina and Karen from Makerhood  for organising and support on the day and to everyone who joined in.

Is change challenging?

paper collage of rich stripes and layers in turquiose,purple and gold. It’s has been study time. I  am getting to grips with blog admin. To add extra features to the blog,  to expand it into my main Sewin Studio website .

There is now a new home page, which will feature my latest work. Take a look and and let me know what you think. I am incorporating portfolio pages to show the collections as they grow. There will also be a shop where you will be able to buy work. An about me, contact me pages and links …for the wise and the wonderful who have inspired, influenced and helped me on my way. And you, dear reader that make it worthwhile. So look out for these developments, share your thoughts about the changes and enjoy!

Gallery Opening

For a long time I have been trying to fathom how to include lots of pictures, aka known as a gallery, into my blog posts – well now I know. You can find out too at  learn.wordpress.com- under the ‘Get Flashy’ title in the left sidebar.. It gives examples and instructions. I like this grid format. When you click on an image it enlarges,  then you can choose to see the slideshow of detailed images. I selected images from previous blog posts.

I love learning new skills, gaining autonomy. Learning is freedom isn’t it ? It opens up choice.What do you think? What did you learn today?