I’ve got some challenges for next year but first a little on why I started blogging and why I’m going to keep going.
I joined Dijanne Cevaal‘s online Traveller’s Blanket class in August 2011. I’m still working on the blanket but I did finish a number of embroidered motifs. This one is one of my early ones. The photo in this post shows one of my later motifs. I loved the idea of working within Dijanne’s framework but finding one’s own creative expression. It was fun working with my hand-dyed fabric and using embroidery to emphasize the dye patterns. Added bonuses were the class interactions and seeing others’ work.
After Dijanne’s course, I signed up for some of Jude Hill‘s classes: a couple of self-study ones and then a version of Contemporary Boro 2 which she facilitated online in April 2012. I’m still working on pieces that arose from this class but I did manage to finish one thing, an apron. I really enjoyed the pacing and sharing in that class. The thoughtful interactions with Jude and my classmates were helpful and encouraging.
All that interaction led me to start blogging in May 2012. It’s been wonderful to have been found by a great bunch of readers. I’ve enjoyed interacting in the comments and popping over to other blogs to see what’s happening. A fabulous outcome is I’m finally making time to do both fiber art and craft on a regular basis.
My challenge for next year will be to finish what I’ve started. I have so many things in progress that I really need to concentrate on wrapping up those projects before I embark on new things. It’s like stash-busting. If one isn’t careful one reaches S.A.B.L.E. (stash accumulated beyond life expectancy). I know I’m at that level with my stash. The same thing can happen with unfinished projects — more than can be finished within one’s lifetime! Maybe that’s P.I.B.L.E. (projects initiated beyond life expectancy). So another challenge for me to focus on in addition to stash-busting!
But there’s another aspect I want to explore. I’ve taken so many workshops over the years where I haven’t really taken what I’ve learned to the next level. Maybe this is a little bit of W.I.A.B.L.E. (workshop inspiration accumulated beyond life expectancy). Yes, I expect to be attending workshops in 2013 but I also want to focus on playing a more with things I’ve learned in the past.
My objective for 2013 is to get all those levels — stash, projects, workshop inspiration — down to something more manageable with the continued encouragement of my readers!
Happy New Year everyone!