Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Approach

When I started blogging just over three years ago, I had a lot to say about stitching, and the creative process in general. It irritates me no end when people say that they are not creative, when really, everyone is creative. Creativity is just the courage to try new combinations of things we already know, and a whole lot of practice and persistence.

Best Friends Forever, Month 8 motif

I also believe that there is a lot of benefit in a cross-disciplinary approach, and that no matter how committed you are to one craft, you will improve your skill by trying something different.

So, covertly or overtly, that's what I've been trying to demonstrate with this blog, and it will continue to be my practice. Going forward, though, my plan is to talk about it less, and to just let the work stand on its own. I'm hoping that the reader experience will be more like the serene swan floating across the water, and less about all the frantic paddling going on underneath!

Best Friends Forever, Month 6 motif

There's no doubt that writing less will be a challenge, but I am thinking of it like a meditation practice -- if you are always thinking about how to meditate and analyzing what you're doing, then you're not doing it.

So that's the plan, and we'll see how it goes. I am still always happy to answer questions and discuss details in the comments. But for now, let's just enjoy the view!


Fresh, shiny new thread

10 comments:

  1. I enjoy your word so home you aren't too quiet.

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  2. Lol I've tried some different crafts through the years, mainly cross stitching and sewing clothes, but I'm pretty stuck on quilting for now.:) Love seeing your beautiful stitching!

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  3. I have been having an itch lately to finish a cross stitch project. It would be my evening hand work project to do while watching Downton Abbey, etc. I agree - less analyzing, more doing!

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  4. I'm going to miss your discussions of your work, but I do understand what you are saying about the "frantic paddling underneath". Good luck with the new approach. I'll still be tuned in.

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    1. Thank you! I expect there will be some trial and error to get the balance right. :D

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  5. Love the view! But I too will miss reading about how you feel the work is going etc. You are a wonderful writer and this is an area that I have trouble with. SOmetimes it is time and other times it is just the fact I have nothing much to really say on my blog so I don't bother sharing anything until I do have something to say. I might just join you sometimes in your 'sharing the view' because there is only so much you can say about fluff! lol

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    1. Thanks for the support, Katherine! We'll see how it works out. :D

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  6. This will be really interesting to follow. I love the photos you chose to illustrate this post. I hope you continue to enjoy and play with the medium. The thing I love about the blogging medium is the easy with which you can use photographs. Using words and photographs to tell stories is, for me, deeply satisfying - and I experiment with the combination in a number of media. .

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    1. Well, the plan is to do more listening, and less talking, so we'll see how that works out! Thanks for the encouragement, Jillian. :D

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  7. Great view! I hope to read some of your commentary from time to time also.

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Thank you for your comment! I love to talk with my readers, and I will reply to every comment, either directly via email or, if you are a "no-reply" commenter, right here under your comment.

Google, however, does not always send me a notification if you have a non-Gmail address, or, if you have strong privacy settings on Google+. So if I missed you, I'm sorry, it wasn't my intention!

Happy stitching!

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