true to my word i've been tidying and purging
i haven't made it in to all the corners, closets or cupboards but i have attacked a few
one of which was my works-in-progress bin
i really do finish lots of things... i just have this one teeny tiny little problem...
i LOVE starting things!
case in point - above is the beginnings of my third section for the embroider, embellish, create workshop wrapping cloth
i can't resist working on it even though i already have two other sections in progress
below is the first one i started...
i chain stitched the heart in one empty space and did the patchwork hexagons in the other
love, love, love
more lazy daisy flowers and french knots in the open section next to the heart
it's nowhere near finished yet but i need to set it aside and think about what's next - i like how it's looking so far and don't want to wreck it!
when i cut out the pieces for the hexagons i added a little bit of embroidery here and there before basting it to the paper shapes
after it was appliqued down i added the french knots along the edges
it's like a little wreath...
when i work on this i am so enthralled with the process
hate to put it down, itch to get back at it
i want everything i do to make me feel that way
today i was working on an unfinished quilted wallhanging, still in the piecing stage but then this afternoon i finished that part and was ready to get at the applique
72 flower petals
and i realized i didn't like it at all
didn't really like the pattern, completely disliked the fabric
can't even remember why i felt so compelled to make it in the first place...
now it seemed like such a huge waste of time, a waste of spirit, when there are so many other things to be creating
wonderful, inspiring things
i left the patchwork on the floor and kept coming in and looking at it
it never did get pretty
so i pitched it
i pitched it because i knew i would never finish it... whatever spoke to me that made me want to start it had firmly shut up
and i realized then and there that i had made a resolution for this year all
i want to seriously think about each project i begin so that i can bring the same commitment and excitement to the finishing of it as i do to the starting
i want to have only what i need for the work i want to do
i want to experience a lightness of space in my studio, with room to breathe
i want to be rid of what i want to be rid of
i want to support other artists instead of feeling like i need to make it all myself!