Are you bitten by the sewing, knitting, embroidery or pattern/fabric hunting bug? Good! You are a healthy person, probably detoxing from our crazy digital obsessions, probably in search for peace of mind, aiming to slow down or for crafting yourself through an inspirational or difficult period in your life. Go on! Don’t stop. But take it slow and although you desire to become more skilled and professional, maybe even starting a new hobby-turned-into-paid-job, enjoy all the steps along the way. Take it slow and take a mindful break when you hit an obstacle; learn from your mistakes. Mistakes are treasures. They tell you that you have to be more focussed and thus tell you something about your mind…where was it wondering to? Mistakes might point out to a need for better tools or equipment, a bit of tutoring, a leaning-moment or boredom. Whatever mistakes tell you, they tell you something valuable.
Next to enjoying mistakes, immerse yourself in the world of crafts. Televisions, computer-screens and smartphones are energy depleting devises and also devises of mass distraction. Fabric, colours, paint, clay, a desk that invites you to sit down and do some sewing or needling, seem to do exactly the opposite, they provide you with energy. Some time ago is was en voque to show on Instagram your Etsy-desk. Which led to craters showing neat Ikea-styleroom like crafts centres in their house. Yes, these studio-selfies were inspirational, but those who stood out the most were messy desks, where you could witness that inspiration took over.
Being creative is so rewarding and at times frustrating and, looking back, often embarrassing. But put all your crafts and artworks in a visual portfolio, a timeline and you feel it radiates energy. Have I made all that, have I done that? Yes, you have. Your progression is the best feedback ever.
We raise our children, take care of our parents, pets, jobs, homes and gardens, but that small or somewhat bigger moment devoted to your creativity is not only good, it is energizing, healing and fulfilling.
Don’t take up 10 projects, that is too much multitasking. About 2 or 3 is enough to avoid Repetitive strain injury (RSI). Take it slow, enjoy your mistakes, and create a visual portfolio. Allow yourself to grow. Some stay within one theme, skill or studio, others venture into trying out different crafts. Crafting is food for the soul.
Embroidery pattern of Mandarin Ducks soon available at my Etsy and shop.