This has been a busy past week. Last Sunday, December 8, from noon to 6 was the opening celebration for the NoCa (North Cambridge Artists) Holiday show, which is my first show EVER!
Much of the time, when I get a particular idea in my head (or from a photograph or a scene I just noticed) I will ‘get into’ non-traditional sewing. I like dying fabric, printing on fabric, small embroidery, and creating new images. Then, I also love framing them, using just my vision and intuition to find the right colors and shapes of mats.
Well, being in the company of ‘real’ artists was making me nervous. I know what is ‘wrong’ with each and every one of my creations….the missed stitches, the overlap of too much color, the wrong color of thread…..but I got great feedback from everyone! My nervousness just disappeared and I enjoyed talking to my visitors.
(Now I have a new private worry: What if I cannot come up with a single new idea, EVER? )
So today I downloaded and printed several photographs I like and will take some time over the Christmas holiday week to audition fabrics and to dying fabrics and trying again on something new.
In the meantime, I have been piecing again. Slowly. Very slowly. And found myself making silly mistakes, not matching up the squares correctly, and finding little pleasure in it. I spent more time ripping out stitches than stitching.
And by coincidence this week, I took a personality test. OK, perhaps it was not a real one (But if it on Facebook it has to be real, correct?), but I took it and it was surprisingly accurate, for the most part. In particular, it said this about my personality type (I came up as a “Spontaneous Idealist”):
“Life for them is an exciting drama full of emotionality. However, they quickly become bored when things repeat themselves and too much detailed work and care is required. Their creativity, their imaginativeness and their originality become most noticeable when developing new projects and ideas – they then leave the meticulous implementation of the whole to others. On the whole, Spontaneous Idealists attach great value to their inner and outward independence and do not like accepting a subordinate role. They therefore have problems with hierarchies and authorities”.
I read this and thought, “Oh, so this is why I get bored with the detail stuff…like piecing a lot…”. This is why I do not like the part about quilting where you have to a the quilt out over the batting and backing, carefully pin-basting it, over and over until there is not one single wrinkle…..
(NOTE: IF you want to see what more they say about my personality type, here is the link: http://www.ipersonic.com/type/SI.html#.Uqr8H4oUyjE.facebook).
And here also is the link to the personality test. Most of my friends who have done this find their results to be very close to being true to how they think of themselves.
But I am digressing. So, today, I put aside my piecing to do something new. I decided to make a batch of holiday cards. And here is most of what I finished (I finished a total of 11).
For those of you who follow this blog or who are familiar with my work, you’ll see that these are different from previous cards I have made. There is no fabric on these, just a little embroidery thread sewn on. I used white and bronze cards with a Christmas tree stamp and ink and a “Happy Holidays” stamp and ink. This activity appealed to my need for novelty and creativity. I will not sell these but will use them when giving gifts this year.
So I took a diversion from my piecing this afternoon and had fun. Tonight, back to piecing. I want to get this quilt top done.