If you are feeling frustrated, that's a dead give-a-way that you aren't doing what you want... If you know what you want, commit to it and start doing it. - Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott
Write the words I want at the top of a page. Then, without stopping to think, fill the page with the "I wants" that scream out of you. Let yourself go. Have a blast! Don't stop to make judgments or berate yourself or worry about what your mother might say or feel guilty or silly or correct your spelling. Just let 'er rip. "I want this, and I want that, and I also want that, and besides that, I want that over there... " Just because you write it down doesn't mean you have to actually get any of these things. You're only making a list to see what comes out of you. When you run out of ideas, put the paper aside... Tomorrow, pick up your "I want" page (or pages!), read what you wrote, and then start adding more to the list beginning with, "And in addition to what I already wrote, I also want..." Do this for a week, and you will see patterns begin to emerge. - page 48, Seven Steps on the Writer's Path
I had wanted to live in a small, inclusive, artistic community for years and then one day I wanted it so much that I moved. Although I'm not thrilled at the idea of tenants or yard maintenance, I wanted the income from a rental suite to pay expenses so I bought a house not a condo. I want to spend time with creative women so I've joined one knitting group so far and have visited two others as well as a spinner and weaver's group. I want to broaden my horizons beyond just fabric so I'm looking at joining a singing group and a painting group. AND... I want to spend a significant amount of time in the studio advancing my fabric related work so I want to be careful about too much joining and to pick and choose what works best for me. In the studio...
It is curious how a little obstacle becomes a great obstruction. - John Wesley Powell
... I want to work with paint and surface design so I painted the patches for my raincoat and I've created a paint space so details can easily be added when the thought occurs or when I make it happen by choice.
... I want to add more creative and more technical details to my work so I learned how to stitch a welt pocket and to sew an enclosed pocket bag and I am exploring other "new" options.
... I want to expand my work and sew creative wearables not paint-by-number patterns so I'm working with a coach who pushes me to work deeper which means I'm sewing slower, sampling more ideas, and creating fewer but increasingly more exciting pieces.
... I want to put together sophisticated, elegant jewelry primarily from fabric so I'm suffering through the looks-like-crap stage of not so sophisticated and not so elegant jewelry on my path to a better outcome.
... I want to work differently so I'm moving through the itchy, anxious, maybe-I-need-to-go-shopping-no-sit-in your-chair-and-work stages of not knowing and not being entirely confident.
... I want to be able to simultaneously work on more than one project in more than one medium so I have a purse, a blouse, a necklace, a knitting and a writing project all on the go and - eventually, possibly - will add a painting project. Just one of each so I can rotate when one hits a bump.
Discipline is remembering what you want. - David Campbell
What would happen if you wrote a list of your wants? You'd have a list. And a direction to move in. Only a list and a direction are not enough. To move from our here to our there takes action. Again... it's simple, not easy.
Typically what holds us back is fear. Really? Why? We're not talking about cliff jumping or high wire acts in the studio. We're talking about fabric and thread, pattern and design. The world will not stop turning if we take scissors to that too-special-to-cut fabric but cutting it will free us from its tentacles of perfection and take us along a transforming journey. What is so amazing as to hold precious is our ability to create and the time and space in which to do it. Not the stash. That's simply an ingredient, a tool. Not perfection. That's unrealistic. Creativity. Time. Space. Learning. Growth. Evolution. These are too precious to waste.
When was the last time you did something for the first time? - John C. Maxwell
I wanted to finish my raincoat and now it is. In-between unfinished and finished, I sewed - the action behind wanting. The pattern is Vogue 8934 with an added hood. The fabric is rainwear from Marcy Tilton.com. Underneath the patch details is a relatively simple structure that could be interpreted in endless ways. Right now, I'm thinking about a version in distressed denim... starting with un-distressed denim... so I could learn how to distress denim. Something I want. What do you want?
I want to do it because I want to do it. - Amelia Earhart
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - finding a path forward