Making Things

Circular Paths
Circular Paths

If you’ve read any of this blog at all, you know I’m into making stuff. I sew, knit, cook, draw even though I’m horrible at it, try my hand at design, dye whatever I can and just generally keep myself busy creating.

Creating is a huge part of my life and can take up days in planning and execution. Sometimes what I make isn’t good enough for me and I trash it and start over. I let my plans get ahead of my skills.

When I first started doing exhibition quilts, I had that problem. I would envision these marvelous wall hangings that would swirl in and out and make this great optical illusion. Only problem was, I didn’t have the patience to do it. I could explain what I wanted to do to my son and he would draw up the plan. That helped a lot. I couldn’t execute anything that wasn’t in fabric. Fabric I can manipulate. A pencil? No.

Over the years I have simplified my making. I’m now down to clothing and knitting socks and sweaters. But I have this niggling desire to make another quilt. I don’t have a huge quilting fabric stash any longer, but I have a large tub full of scraps that I could work into something. I want to do it again. I think me and DS are going to have a long talk – we’ll see if I can get him to stop his project long enough to design mine! Lovely having a graphic designer in the family!

I’ve only been knitting a little over a year and I find myself wanting to design knitting patterns. Dear. Lord. God. I have no idea where to start. I do know I can design the stitch pattern but putting it all into something with decreases and increases in the right places ……….? I will learn to do this.

What is creating all about in my life? To me, it is living. If I were told I couldn’t create any longer I think my life would be over. I hope that when I die, I go to that place where there is unlimited fabric, yarn and paint and I’m told I can just stay there for eternity – making things.

Boat, Swan, Flag
Boat, Swan, Flag

One Comment Add yours

  1. Denise says:

    Making things makes you you. This makes you an artist (we had this discussion last night at book group and it is really at the front of my mind.)


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