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April 27, 2020

possibly the most difficult part of creating anything is

getting started

what to do? can I do it? what will people think?

do I have the “right” materials?

I’ll try it tomorrow, next week, next month

and so it goes

granddaughter Carrie has just started gardening

she’s growing her own seedlings and left peas and lettuce at my front door

I’d been planning to get some veggies started but needed to weed, dig the plot

add the compost – a lot of work

  so, the seedlings got me started

I even built a bamboo frame for the peas

thinning the bamboo at the same time

then I took some rhubarb to the neighbor across the road

 she gave me two little sunflower starters

so I went to the garden center, lined up and bought us both strong, healthy tomato plants

all Spring starters

I had started warping the tapestry loom weeks ago

but the design and cartoon just didn’t work – no matter how many times I re-drew it

in order to just start I finished the warping

and decided to weave something I was comfortable with and had done before

first , choosing colours in the yarn stash – something I love to do

all handspun wool and silk

and then started on a fringeless wedge weave piece

9.5″ x 11″ my biggest tapestry yet

one of the pages in “the book” gave me the idea for the next scrappy piece

 I stitch in the evenings so it was time to get started

a pattern in my journal, drawn in 2007, was a good starting point

choosing scraps from the handwoven stash

and getting started

the larger hexie goes in the window for another week

but it gave me an idea – what is the smallest hexie you can comfortably stitch?

one size down and the paper patterns on the right are even smaller

photographing them I realized the scrappy background can be used as a canvas

and a scrappy bouquet is started

J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan wrote

” the reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings”

so take a deep breath, and fly


20 Comments leave one →
  1. April 28, 2020 6:02 am

    your “scraps” from the handwoven stash are treasures!


    • April 28, 2020 10:51 am

      Liz – too precious to throw out. The dark piece is scraps I was given in Japan, the weft thread is horse hair. The pieces with black dots was woven on a linen warp with my paper thread, first the paper was written on with sumi ink.


  2. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    April 28, 2020 2:56 am

    What a lovely post! I agree that starting is the hard part. For me the battle is between the ‘oughts’ and the ‘wants’ – today I ‘should’ sweep the floors and bake some cakes but what I ‘want’ to do is paint another wall in the sitting room and be able to put everything back. Too often I do the ‘oughts’ so the ‘wants’ get put off and put off and my creative souls shrivels a little more.


    • April 28, 2020 10:56 am

      Sue – I understand, I think most of us struggle with the “should” syndrome. Maybe good to find a balance and reward yourself with a “want” after you have completed the necessary chore.Life is too short to have regrets. It makes me weep to think of a soul shriveling to benefit a clean floor.


      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        April 29, 2020 3:07 am

        I doid actually give the floor a rather perfunctory sweep and then paint the wall! It looks much better. I plan on doing another wall today and then something else fun. I am gettong better at telling my internalised Mum to shut up!


      • April 29, 2020 9:03 am

        Sue – yeah! good for you, I bet it feels good.


      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        April 30, 2020 2:33 am

        It did!


  3. April 28, 2020 2:19 am

    How true. And well done to your granddaughter. Great thing about kids is they don’t have all those hang up about starting new things.


  4. April 28, 2020 2:12 am

    The smallest hexies I’ve personally ever stitched were a centimetre to a side, for a little purse. I used a very fine lawn which made it easier to fold the fabric around the paper – no thick bodgy corners. But I wouldn’t want to make a large piece out of them; joining hexie flowers is really tricky when they’re so small. My big start for the next week or so is going to be tiling the kitchen splashback, only a year after we moved in!


  5. jilloy permalink
    April 27, 2020 5:28 pm

    I started a hexagon quilt in the late 1970s. I had no guidance and stitched them according to background colour. Then I decided I was doing it ‘wrongly” and abandoned them altogether. Now I accept that it was part of my learning experience. I would not use these English prints now, preferring my own local dye colours and prints. But maybe I should just get them out and restart! So many people are working with hexies now. I’m following your progress Jean.


    • April 27, 2020 6:20 pm

      Jill – love your story, maybe you can combine the English prints with the fabrics you like now and create something unique. I’ve never been a quilter,the hexies started as my way to put something in the window but – I do have a confession! Possibly in the ’70’s also, I started a cathedral window quilt, put it away, the kids were young and needed my time and when I took it out a few years later I absolutely hated the colours. Still don’t think I’m ready to finish it. 😦

      Liked by 1 person

      • jilloy permalink
        April 30, 2020 5:53 pm

        We change so much don’t we Jean? Never the same after Fujino!


      • April 30, 2020 11:05 pm

        Jill – we change with every new experience, some more than others. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  6. April 27, 2020 2:54 pm

    Hooray for all the starting – that takes faith!


    • April 27, 2020 3:34 pm

      Kjerstin – something that the world needs more of at this trying time. One of my all time favorite quotes.


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