Allowing myself time to create

I believe I had mentioned before that I was waiting on a block printing starter kit to arrive in the mail. While I was waiting for that I was working on crocheting the front side of a small pillow I had in my mind. I wanted to use up the last of some mustard yellow yarn I had and pair it with some navy blue Ramie that I had lying around. I finally finished that, and now I need to order a pillow insert. I’m going to probably order a few more since I am really interested in making a few different types of pillows.

I don’t think I’ve ever sewn anything. that I’ve crocheted before, and it was definitely an interesting experience. I love the texture that the basketweave stitch has. It’s such a yarn thirsty stitch and its great when you want something that has a bit more weight to it. When I’ve got a pillow insert in I will give you an update to how it looks.

Being a mother, and working from home, means that there really isn’t any time that I don’t feel like I should be doing something. Because of this, all forms of art that I practice have suffered. My drawing skills have gone down hill, I don’t think I’ve painted in years, and the only time I’ve sewn things was to make something I needed or to repair something. These aren’t bad things, but it just makes you realize at some point that you aren’t taking time to be the person that you are. Lots of parents complain that they lose themselves once they have children because their children take up all of their time. I really want to show my daughter that creating things is a part of what we do in life. For me to accomplish this, I have started working to include creating as much as I possibly can. It started with getting a table top weaving loom from my sister.

First test piece

I did a test run to get a feel for weaving and will most like do another similar sized one to make the back of a tiny pillow for the little ones room. It was definitely interesting to weave, and a bit more difficult than I expected it to be. But this whole thing took me a little over an hour and a half to create and it was fun working with the different textures and learning something new. The loom arrived about a week ago, and two days ago the block printing kit finally arrived. Linoleum cutting has been something I have wanted to try for a while but somehow convinced myself that it was above my skill level. Don’t do that to yourself, it’s not nice. You can learn how to do anything.

I’m going to be completely honest here. I was super tired when I created this and it was at the end of a very long day. I wasn’t thinking clearly, so round one ended up being backwards because I didn’t mirror my text (such a rookie mistake.) I ended up doing a second one the next day with the text properly mirrored and the above is how it turned out. I actually really love it. I love the imperfections that appear and how none of them are exactly the same. It really is a beautiful art form in my opinion. I wanted to create something that I felt summed up existence in this current world, and I figured a good number of people can relate to this one. It was a fun process though and I’m looking forward to coming up with my next idea.

Already I have started working on another weaving to get a little bit better at it, and hope to get some cleaning and organizing done. The only downside to acquiring more hobbies is that I have to store the needed tools somewhere and my house is tiny. That should be a fun adventure and I’m sure it will end up with my living room shelf looking even more full than it currently does. One day I’m sure I can go back to having minimalist shelves. One day.

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