Yesterday I decided that I was going to create something and luckily there was a sewing day at my friends house. I didn’t bring my sewing machine though. I brought beads and thread. I’ve watched a you tube video on how to begin a peyote stitch and I thought maybe I could experiment with needle thread and bead and see if I come up with anything (really I was hoping that one of my friends knew peyote stitch and could show me how).
On arriving at her house, I was met; as always, by the greeting committee. The loveliest of dogs named Zeus.
And beautiful crafty friends already at work.
My friends didn’t know how to do peyote stitch, but one knew how to do bead embroidery. She took me to her beading supplies that she hasn’t used in over 20 years, since her oldest was a baby.
First I cut out a little pattern for my pouch, and then placed it on felt to cut out two felt pieces, the front and back of the pouch.
Then I cut out paper to tack onto the back of the felt pieces while beading.
I then tacked on the paper
I didn’t get very far before the needle broke, so I decided to go to the beading store and begin the second piece with fun and brighter colors.
Although it took me hours to accomplish this tiny little piece of embroidery, I think I have really fallen in love with a new craft. It holds the same excitement as weaving, in the variety of colors and combinations that can be put together and there is so much potential of the art that can be accomplished in bead embroidery… and I love a craft with potential.
Today I am going to create something. I don’t know what but if I commit to it on my blog that means I must do it right? Yesterday I had made an internal commitment to make something with my sewing machine, and pulled out fabrics (fabrics that still happen to be lying all over the place) hoping for some form of inspiration… a purse, yoga bag, appliqué art, anything, but I was struck with creativity block. Part of the problem is that sewing does not come natural to me. The machine seems to inhibit the creative flow and the soothing calmness that comes with other crafts. When I cannot visually see all that is going on I can’t relax. With a loom, I can see all working parts and I am the one who is making it go. With hand sewing I am doing the work. But when I put my material under the needle of the sewing machine and press on the foot, I just have to trust that everything is doing it’s job inside the white outer shell. So I decided after an unsuccessful day, to put sewing aside for the moment. I seem to be dragging myself kicking and screaming into the process anyway, so today I am going to create something that cultivates an inner calm.
And start the day with a celebration of spring.