Friday, November 18, 2011

Needle In. Needle Out.

Yesterday was one of those days when after several cumulated hours of effort and general failed attempts at a new project an idea easily fell into place. I'm even able envision the completed project, which believe me, doesn't happen all that often these days.

It's a strange feeling to see where a project is most likely going to end up and to know that the process of getting there is going to take hours and hours of slow detailed work. Hand stitching, for some reason, is my chosen technique, or rather the technique that has chosen me, and try as I might to figure out a way of creating in a faster, 'more efficient' way, my project is having none of it.

So I'm doing the work and taking the time that is necessary. Shortcuts, although they have their place, aren't always the solution. Sometimes slow is just the WAY.

Enjoy it and see what comes of it.


wool, silk chiffon, cotton thread. Needle felted and hand in progress. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday Afternoon Fragments

Larger projects (unfinished bits of which you've seen posted here) have been demanding my concentrated attention  - so I've not quite felt what to blog.

Stupid anxieties about where it all is going and how it will go and how I make it get there have been draining my energies and I simply didn't want to bore anyone with angst-ridden creative wallowing.

This afternoon I decided to let go of both [the concentrated attention and the creative angst].

Ten minutes of purely spontaneous play did the trick.

Quickly choose, and quickly stitch. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece. It doesn't even have to be any good. It just has to be.

And that, my friends, is really enough.

Enjoy your weekend.