Well, today I spent a perfect day….I did a little Christmas shopping this morning, then lunch, then…sewing! All afternoon…well, I did a little painting on fabric as well, but will concern myself with that at another time. (Oh, I did volunteer to shop with Daughter Number 2 but she turned me down in favor of her boyfriend. Smile)
I agreed to participate in my school’s Craft Fair on Friday, December 21, so I need products to display and sell. So from 1-6 today I sat comfortably at my little machine, put Netflix on my laptop, and created. I was in the mood to ‘create’, not to follow a pattern, so I concentrated on cards and one landscape. And five hours later, this is what I completed.
What I loved about today was that I could create a piece, complete it, and then move on to the next, different one. This is very satisfying work for me. Each one takes about 45 minutes. (NOTE: I also created a Chanukah card for a work colleague, but I already sealed it into its envelope). Too bad!
All right, so each of these is not really ‘art’, but once I am finished with one, I sit very still and look at it as if it IS a work of art….
I think the one above is my favorite. It’s actually a challenge to hand-sew the leaves on; they are slippery, and I have to search through my thread stash to find similar color thread. Then, I also have to have several needles threaded with several different colors…it would be more productive to thread several needles with the same thread, then make several of the same or similar cards (in what would be more of a production line) but I resist doing that. I’d get more work done faster, but it would not be nearly so satisfying.
And since this is a Christmas-time craft fair, I’ll need some holiday cards.
Finally, I sorted through my batiks to make a landscape and once I completed it, framed it. These are small (4 x 6 inches) and each is hand-sewn, so the mixing and matching of colors is time-consuming (But oh so satisfying!) as well as the actual stitching. You’ll notice I also sewed a ribbon of leaves into this landscape; I like this personalization.
So, now it is 7 PM and time to iron…or maybe another card? Another landscape? Something totally different?
I don’t want to stop but I do have to get ready for the work week.