... I did get two panels of the digital print denim above and two yards of the strata knit below. Since there's a little room left in my stash, this is perfect. The knit will most likely be a t-shirt but I'm not sure about the denim. Marcy used it to make pants with the floral print around the hem. I liked those but would prefer to try something different - perhaps a jean jacket or short coat. As you know...
... I have a whole row of jacket patterns and rarely sew coats or jackets. They are something I could have more of in my wardrobe although there are numerous things I could have more of and it comes down to a matter of focusing on what you're working on at the moment, a thought my study this morning seemed to echo.
Julia Cameron wrote: As artists we do well to practice consistency. Our mad dashes after inspiration leave us frustrated and at our wit's end. There is much to be said for a slower and more leisurely pursuit of ideas. There is so much talk of "creative breakthroughs" that many of us expect our creativity to be dramatic. This is seldom the case. Very occasionally, we will have a flash of insight or intuition but more often we will experience a slow and steady course.
I can relate to that. When I'm trying too many new things, my thoughts are scattered and I'm not making progress on anything. When I focus on a specific subject of study, I tend to move forward.
On my sewcation, I once again played with the idea of textile jewelry using some of the tips that Diane taught at the Design Outside The Lines retreat this past June. And I made some progress. But not the kind I wanted to make - not great leaps of wonderfulness - and it's not that I couldn't make progress, it's that I'm not willing to give that much time to that particular pursuit right now.
In debating returning to Ashland, I debated the October retreat which has a focus on coats. When I saw the coat above on Advanced Style, it struck me as a lot of fun both to create and to wear only when I weighed things out, I realized that creative coat is not where I'm at at the moment; creative everyday wear is. I need to be aware of that focus. I can only commit myself to so many pursuits and right now those include trying new style lines, adding details, and surface design. Reminding myself of those goals helped me to decide.
I signed up for Diane's two day Advanced Surface Design course in the middle of September and then booked five nights at this Country Apartment that is just outside of Ashland, Oregon. At the course, I am actually going to work on yardage for a coat but it's making the yardage that is my focus and not making the coat. I'm using a pattern I've already sewn and the lining from my change of plans with the challenge project in May.
I leave in just over three weeks. I'm looking forward to some time away in such a peaceful setting, to learning new skills with surface design, and to getting together with other creative women in the Ashland area and on the drive down and back. If you're available for a visit, let me know. I'll be there from the 9th to the 14th and the cottage may be just perfect for a pot-luck and creative get-together.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - holidays
What I did have, which others perhaps didn't, was a capacity for sticking at it, which really is the point, not the talent at all. You have to stick at it.
- Doris Lessing