Monday, March 7, 2016

Three Or More

After writing last week's post, I was frustrated. And that's okay. Frustration can be a really great motivating factor. One of the things about blogging is that you will - eventually - hear yourself saying the same things over and over and that can be good or it can be annoying. So annoying that you have to do something about it. I felt like I was all talk, no action and that too was feeling repetitive. I've said I felt all talk and no action before. So... this time... I asked myself that other great question: how am I going to do what I say I want to do?




That's why there's a bonus posting this week. I have an answer and I'm really excited about the plan. I'm calling it Three or More. When I find a pattern that I really love, I will sew it three or more times once for fit, once to include surface design elements, and once to include architectural elements and added details.






Sewing the three versions certainly doesn't have to be consecutively but for now, I will sew them consecutively otherwise I might find myself always fitting  and never moving on to the other two. It's a way to avoid avoidance. Not every pattern will get sewn three times. I'll only take forward the patterns that have potential because if I don't like it once, I'm not going to like it three times either. That's unnecessary pressure and wouldn't accomplish my goals.






I'm starting with jeans. Last week, I sewed another pair of out of print Burda 8157 trousers in denim. This less clingy style looks much better on my figure than traditional jean styles. I've sewn it before out of stretch denim. This time I sewed it using non-stretch denim that I have enough yardage of to make another pair so that...





... I could fit the first pair and surface design the second pair with confidence before sewing those pieces together. When it comes to surface design,  I'm barely beyond beginner but I really want to learn and the only way to learn is to do.






I thought you might like to share the process so I made a series of videos - five so far - detailing the decisions I made. Things did not go where I thought they were going but I'm really happy with the results. I've finished the sample and two steps on the front and back pieces. Today, I'm painting.





There will be at least one more video to show the finished jeans. Let me know what you think of the videos. I've been giving a lot of thought to my blog, why I write it, and what I want it to be about. I want it to support and encourage you in your creativity. I want it to be inspirational. And, I want to share what I know and what I'm working on.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a de-stuttering plan

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    1. Thanks. I'm finding it energizing.

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  2. I LOVE IT! If I was in a position to join you, I would totally copy you. You are making me want to get back to my studio soooo much. Love hearing your process too. Yahhhhoooo.

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    1. Well... when you are in a position you can totally join me. I'm hoping to visit my daughter again in early April and hopefully we can get together then.

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  3. Myrna, you are so right. Three or more really works. I've just done that with my jeans with the third pair cut out and ready for the machine. Your jeans look great!
    Theresa in Tucson

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement. It's nice to know "the plan" has worked for someone else.

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  4. I'm also fascinated by the concept of surface design. In fact I bought some bottles of fabric paint a few weeks ago and signed up for a Craftsy class on this topic. Where can I find stencils for fabric? I'd love to find stencils of feathers and/or leaves.
    I've always enjoyed your blog about your development as a fabric artist. But, now that you've added a video teaching component, the blog has so much more to offer. The videos are clear, concise and sound very professional. It's easy to see that you're an experienced instructor. Keep it up!

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    1. Diane sells stencils on her site at http://www.dianeericson.com and if you search for her on YouTube you'll find some videos where she's working with them plus on her blog.

      Thanks for the compliment on the videos. They were fun to make and I can see making more.

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    2. Thanks for the information, Myrna. I've just started following her blog now, so I can see her fabric art as well.

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  5. Thanks for sharing your thinking process with us. Your ideas are inspirational!

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    1. You're welcome. I'm glad you found them useful.

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  6. oh my, Myrna! This was fantastic. I hope you find it possible to make more of the videos as you progress on your journey(s). You do a grand job and I loved every minute. There is a lot to be said for the spoken word and your comments and explanations as you progressed through this stage added a lot. Thank you!

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    1. I've been debating videos for a while. They seemed like a natural progression only I don't have a lot of experience in that area. I'm imagine - LOL - I'll get better with practice as with anything. It's been fun documenting the jeans journey.

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  7. How inspirational!! Thank you for taking the time and trouble to video! I really enjoyed hearing about your process.

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    1. You're welcome. It's fun to share the journey.

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  8. What great videos and wonderful to see your thinking "in action". Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing Myrna. I'm off to see what stencils I have. And the top of the spray can... Duh! Loved the circle fabric. I look forward to seeing what is next.

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    1. Thank you. Have fun with the stencils.

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  9. I love your new concept of three or more as it makes so much sense to me. The videos are a nice addition to your blog and you have such a nice, melodic voice. Karen

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    1. Thank you. I don't think my voice has ever been called melodic before. A nice compliment.

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  10. Love the idea of three - and the videos are great! Thank you so much for doing them - really inspiring and motivating.
    Marian

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    1. The three or more idea feels really positive... energizing. I'm glad I'm trying it out.

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  11. Fantastic! Wonderful videos, they really convey your creative decision making process - your motives, goals, how you weigh input vs. output. Really fun to watch! Plus you have a really nice voice. Hooray!

    I'm looking forward to seeing these pants, i think they'll suit you too a tee. Happy day! steph

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    1. LOL - listen to Myrna wander around making a decision. Too fun. Glad I could share the journey and it was helpful.

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  12. Myrna, I love the videos and the concept of three or more. I look forward to seeing the jeans and to more video's of your creative process!

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    1. The jeans took an interesting twist today. I made two more videos of that part of the process and now I'm sewing them together. I'll load those asap.

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  13. Loved the videos. Your voice is pleasant, the content is interesting and I like seeing processes others go through as they create.

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    1. Thank you. That's wonderful feedback and I really appreciate it.

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