I don’t know about you but I seem to let failure stop me from creating sometimes. I look and look at pinterest or other sites for inspiration. I have a massive collection of books and saves on my computer! But that seems like all I do sometimes is look!
Why do I just look? I think it is because I am a perfectionist when it comes to my art work. I want it perfect the first time 🙂 When it doesn’t come out like I envisioned I usually drop that project and never go back to it. However, all the accomplished artists talk about samples.
In knitting, make a sample swatch…WHAT???…you want me to waste time making a swatch when I could just dive into the project! Painters draw ideas in their sketch book and make many samples using watercolors or colored pencils and markers.
I spoke in my last post about receiving my newest book, The Art of Moy Mackay She is a painter turned felter. She makes absolutely beautiful wool painted landscapes. In this book she goes deeper into her process.
Her process starts with using that sketchbook and making notes and drawings. She also talks about making mini samples in various colors of the picture you want to make before committing to the bigger version.
Making minis! Making samples! Oh My….this will be a hard concept for me to follow but I am going to give it a shot 🙂 After all she is a famous artist and she might know a thing or two about process…LOL
Speaking of process….I recently came across a website written by two brothers Joe and Sam Pitcher They just had a free series of videos about process and their mom Sue Stone
She talks about the power of 5 basic stitches. It is amazing what her art looks like with just a few basic stitches!
So….I have decided to go small and samples before creating a big project. Those felted pieces I talked about finishing last time, well, I am just going for it. Many of them require free motion stitching before the hand stitching. I am good with hand stitching but not free motion. I am not going to worry (well almost…lol) about what I am doing. I am just going to get myself into the Flow 🙂
If you are stuck and afraid, I say, “no more!” as Nike tells us…..JUST DO IT!
This is my Aunt Harriett. We just called her Auntie. She was such a gentle woman. She would do anything for anyone! She did not have children so my sister and brothers were like hers (our Mom was her sister).
She loved to knit! She could do other crafts as well but knitting was her passion. She made the most beautiful baby sets! Most she gave away. Every year at Christmas we all were eager to open her gift. We knew we would have a new hat, mitten and scarf set!!!! These are the last ones she made me. I never had the heart to wear them.
When I was growing up, Auntie and Uncle would come to visit every Saturday night and play cards with my mom and dad. She would always have a knitting bag in tow! She’d pull out those needles and her fingers would fly. I could sit for hours and watch her knit.
Eventually, around the 3rd grade, I decided it was time to learn how to knit as well. She had shown me how to crochet but that didn’t seem to click! It was many years later when a woman living in the nursing home I worked at taught me how to crochet and read a pattern.
Anyway! My first knitting needles were plastic. I would take my knitting to school and knit on our breaks. It was there, tragically, one of the needles got broken. Being plastic, I was able to sharpen it in the pencil sharpener. So what if one needle was shorter!!! LOL
My first garment was a sweater for my uncle. It was a pretty shade of royal blue. He was a big man and I was a little girl (grade school)so he seemed overly big. I made the biggest size in the pattern. Needless to say, it was WAYYYYY….too big. I told him I would tear it out and make it smaller. He said NO! He never wore it and when we moved him out of his house several years ago there was that sweater in a drawer ❤
My Auntie is gone now but her inspiration still burns within me. I will always carry her passion for making things!
I ask you….who inspired you? Please comment! I would love to hear your stories!