When I started this blog, I said that I wanted to talk about not just the pretty, successful things I’ve sewn, but also to talk about the challenges and the mistakes. And here is what I am working on that I am NOT satisfied with:
I said in a previous post that I was attending a hand-appliqued landscape class, which I did. The instructor’s work was breath-taking. However, clearly my work is not. I spent quite a bit of time ‘auditioning’ these fabrics, trying to find shapes and patterns that were complementary. This was the best I could do. I realize my stash is quite limited in complementary colors and limited in colors, period. I also realize that Jo Diggs, the instructor, has an art degree and has been creating landscapes for 30 years.
My hand-applique technique is quite sloppy also….I did spend several hours on this. Jo uses silk thread and I only had cotton or polyester thread, so that’s what I used. I know I need to ‘frame’ this with black strips to see how it looks smaller and without the unfinished edges….but I am not sure if I should continue. Do I continue to ‘practice’ landscapes in my limited sewing time? I do want to try to explore my more creative side. Do I shop for specific colors? Audition colors in the fabric store? Go back to making blocks from patterns, and assume I am not creative enough to make ‘art’? I am purposefully spending a year or two trying new things….painting on fabric, landscapes, applique, quilts from patterns, T-shirt quilts, Block of the Month and baby quilts to see what I like best and what I am best at. Since I like making fabric cards so much, I thought I would like making these little landscapes….but now I am not so sure. And in the past two nights I have had outside commitments so I have not sat down to sew again, and last weekend I spent one day gardening.
So…what to do?