Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Creative Possibilities

Image from We Heart It

I love to sew. I love the hum of the old sewing machine, the smell of new fabric, and seeing a lovely handmade thing come together in an afternoon.
But, I have to admit, I find it really difficult translating my lovely ideas to a finished product, and this week, I figured out why: it’s because I have no experience with reading or making patterns. When I sit down to organise a new idea, I have trouble putting things together, mainly because I don’t always understand the way patterns work – like turning things inside out and wrong way around. I think like a creative, not like a practical seamstress/sew-er.
So, knowing how basic and important this ability is, I’m launching a little experiment – to develop lots of new and valuable skills, I’m going to attempt one new pattern per month; something readily available (and free) on the internet, and something that will hopefully teach me the skills I’ll need to make my own patterns once I’ve developed a little more confidence.
What do you think? Want to join in too?


deux chiens et un garcon said...

Good evening. I am not up to threading my machine yet. However I thought I might learn a new crotchet stitch and try something to create each month. This month a simple dishcloth but with a pretty pattern.
xo jill

Quill and Ink Handmade said...

I'd love to learn how to crochet too, Jill - it's such a warm, comforting skill.
Very keen to see what you come up with!
x Nat