Monday, 19 January 2015

Choosing to work

Someone recently commented on Facebook that they'd love to learn more about my process. I do find this amusing, as to be brutally honest my "process" up to now has been

1 start something with noble ambitions
2 procrastinate for ages (sometimes months)
3 rustle up something at the last minute that is not related in any way with what I started in the first place.

Which is why I have so many stashes of "work in progress". Here is just one:


But armed with my new word - Choice - I have chosen to

a) book, then ring fence "work" time in my diary (in pencil, but it's a start)
b) decide which WIPs I actually want to do still, and chuck the others (gasp)
c) actually choose one of them and do it! 

So now I can proudly present "my process"

First, choose what to do. I chose this watercolour spiral today.


Second, add a stitch'n'tear backing and choose a thread


Third, stitch by machine and wonder what to do next

Four, tip out a shamefully tangled collection of threads and set to


Five, fight - really fight - the urge to do something, anything else eg make curtains, sort recipes, declutter another cupboard...

Six, audition various additions - including a washer found on the doorstep and a twig circle made last summer.


(not brill lighting, but it still gets dark so early in the afternoon)

Not finished yet, but I'm very chuffed so far - not least because I actually stuck at something!


12 comments:

  1. Thank you for this, it rings so many bells for me lol but you actually created a piece, respect xxx

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  2. Ha ! lovely to see "the process" .... !

    (are you really going through ALL of your WIP stash ??? ;-) ...)

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  3. Ha ha - need to take a leaf out of your book! Some WIPs need to be cut up!!

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  4. WELL DONE on getting it done and its AWESOME!!! Your process sounds suspiciously similar to mine LOL. Is this piece done on watercolour paper or fabric?

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  5. Great work so far, stick with it! ;-)

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  6. I am in awe... I would have given up at the tangled threads and got my paints out!

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  7. Love the tangled threads, they would have kept me going! Delicious colors too, paints & thread.

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  8. What wonderful colours. I too should take a leaf out of your book, I'm feeling aimless at the moment.

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  9. I just have to say that I love this post. Aside from the yumminess of your creations here and throughout your blog, your definition of your 'process' made me laugh out loud here! I know that SOOOOO well! Christmas is my peak procrastination time, surrounded by at least a dozen gift projects that all get finished on a three day, no sleep crafting bender ending on Christmas Eve. Every year. E*V*E*R*Y year! Anyway - I'm hooked on your blog. In the famous words of Arnie - I'll be back! Thank you for following my own blog - I'm honoured!! Sending hugs from Shroo:)xx

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    1. Thanks for reading! And you could be describing my EXACT method for tackling my Christmas present creations....how did you know?!

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