Over at The Fabric Loft, Lizzet has been blogging about the perils of pushing on with a sewing project when you’re really not in a creative mood.. I can relate to her frustrations – so often in those situations things go from bad to worse. Your seams gets wonky… your thread breaks… you sew wrong sides together instead of right sides, you run out of bobbin thread in the middle of a complicated bit… The lesson, as Lizzet says, is to take a break and come back to your project later.
I’ve had to do that lately – I was really struggling with a complicated bit of sewing construction – my hair was getting greyer and greyer and I was hating sewing more and more. It took me a while to realise it, but I needed a complete break.
I am really lucky because I can always turn to crochet when I’m feeling hacked off with other stuff – it’s always far more relaxing. So I’ve been hooking up some amigurumi body parts (just waiting for some eyes to come now so I can finish them off) and working out some ideas for crochet snowflakes.
I also completed this cowl/ scarflette/ neckwarmer /collar. What do you think of it? It’s knitted with chunky, slubby yarn (Colinette Point 5 – gorgeous stuff), in a faux rib pattern. Isn’t the button cute? I got it from Ray Stitch, and it’s made by people employed by a Fair Trade project in South Africa called Injabulo – there’s tons to choose from.
I am wondering if people would actually wear something like this – it’s extremely cosy, but is it better to have lots of scarf to keep you warm? Should I give up on this and turn it into a chunky ribbed cushion instead??
I finally returned to my sewing machine this afternoon and picked up one of the projects that went pretty disastrously wrong last week. After a considerable amount of unpicking, it’s all now done to my satisfaction.
This applique is about reclaiming your inner arty-ness – something we all need to do now and again. The applique fabrics are from Kate Spain’s Verna collection for Moda, and the base fabric is one of Ray Stitch’s lovely crossweave cottons.
Now it’s all done I’m thinking maybe it was worth the pain! I’m just glad it was fixable – the worst times are those when you keep going like a crazy woman and waste a load of fabric as well as time..
What do you do when you are struggling with a project that just wont come together?