It's an interesting dilemma keeping your house as "neat as a pin." Certainly, it has changed my Zen for hooking because 1) getting out all the accouterments of hooking and putting it away at a moments notice reduces the fun; 2) without a mess I hardly know where to begin in my creative process! A mess to me is like the Phoenix rising from the ashes. Turmoil and chaos leads to action and creativity.
In place of hooking and for portability I have been making some penny rugs. They are fun to make but I'm no whiz at hand sewing and my pieces are funky. Of course I can claim them as "folk art" because of their primitive nature, but finish work doesn't come easy for me.
So here's what I've been working on, and yes, you can laugh at my stitches, it's OK, I know they are not great. Just remember: it's folk art!
|Adaption of Need'l Love Acorn Threads pattern elements.|
|Poor little squirrely, he looks sort of pathetic; I should have applied a bonding agent to this wool layer as it frays easily. |
A lesson learned.
|Ugh! Hand stitching. My nemesis.|
|No, don't comment on the size of the stitches, that would be rude!!! I already know they are a mess!!!|
|This piece looks better than others, but believe me, it's not due to improvement - just dumb luck.|
I have come to the conclusion that I may have a learning disability in this regard: continually changing processes that require multiple steps such as dancing (Zumba, aerobics jazzercise, ballroom dancing) and hand stitching are nearly impossible for me to "imprint" and repeat. I get totally befuddled by them.
This must be why hooking is so easy for me: there's only one continual step and all you have to do is add curves and directional changes to it! And telling you about this makes me miss my hooking!