Learning Curves

 

I’m practising my learning curves, in more ways than one. Literally in the sense of stitching curved shapes together and metaphorically to practice and learn to be humble in the face of mastery. That I somehow expect to be able to just do things without any sweat or toil or effort …. that it will all fall into my lap as a gift… but the gift is really the learning curve…. sometimes you just have to admit that it’s not as straightforward as you think. The dilemma of constructing the #State of Mind Map ‘bubbles’ has to be resolved.

This is why you have been dragging your feet, because you don’t know how to do it!  Contrary to what your head is telling you, which is to work it out in your mind’s eye and visualise the end result. You know by now that all the mental planning is aiming for the perfect result and is nothing like how it will be in reality. Thanks to my Coach for this prompt, that if you know what it’s going to be like, there is no room for surprise and this is what we want after all.

So I’ve humbled to the process to practice a technical skill at which I will improve, the more I practice. Practice makes perfect …. that word again… practice makes better, improved, growing, good enough. There, that’s better, new and improved iterations of curves and learning how to stitch them together. I have a book that escaped the book cull of last year, which has instructions on how to do the same. It’s all about notches, lining up the edges, marking them so the edges match and easing the concave side to fit the convex side. The first attempt ended up with little gathers, which became tiny pleats when I pressed the cloth flat. Still, there are more to make and it will become easier.

I tidied the table and was left with a pile of cloth that I don’t know what to do with, so these bits and pieces will be used for my #learning curves. It will be fun to see them pile up and improve, be surprised at how they look together.

38 Steps and ‘Hope in Your Handbag’™

'Hope in Your Handbag' #1 ©2012 Maggie Winnall
‘Hope in Your Handbag’ #1 ©2012 Maggie Winnall

The first  bag from my ‘Hope in Your Handbag’™ collection has over 38 different actions taken in it’s creation. From the preparation and execution of the letters that make up the  appliqued and hand embellished Affirmation, to cutting, stitching and piecing the cloth, to building up the bag structure and internal layers, to glueing it all into the kiss lock frame. It is a create as you go method, working within a pattern shape and trying out the varying elements, adding some detail, removing others, much like composing a painting or a quilt, until the whole works well together.

Glueing in the bag shell is the final irrevocable step, great care is needed

Not least because fear of the glue spoiling all the work.

The bag shell is tacked into place a couple of times at this stage, to check the fit and make adjustments. It is quite a learning curve and thanks to Lisa it has been possible.