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The Creative Process: hunting and gathering ideas

August 30, 2012

The kids are back in school. My mom flew home after an absolutely wonderful week. I’m on my own again for the first time in months. Miracle of miracles – I have only one deadline coming up and it’s not until mid-October. I think. I’d probably better double check on that.

So for the first time in years I’ve been thinking about sewing clothes. Just for fun. I have a collection of vintage sari’s that I ordered from India off of Ebay. I kind of really love Ebay.  These came smelling like woodsmoke. It brought me up short for a minute – bringing home the fact that in many parts of the world life isn’t nearly as convenient as it is for us with our easy electricity. Take a second to think how easy our lives are because of everything that happens around one of those little electrical outlets. Whew.

The Sari’s are fine after a little trip through the wash. I always wash all my cloth before sewing with it – even wool and silk.  Then after the thing is made I might hand wash and lay it to dry but if it can handle a regular wash before it is made then it will be fine afterwards.

There are a couple of spots where a little bit of the stitching came out of the hand embroidered piece (isn’t it gorgeous) but I can repair or work around those as I wish.

As is my usual mode of operation, I think for a long time before I begin. It’s my favorite part of the creative process. This time I’ve pulled out a bunch of patterns – they are all just a beginning. I almost never sew clothes without messing around with the design and the pattern.

I also went up to the attic and rummaged through all of my bins, pulling out all the neutrals. Cooking up some fun ideas for these as well. I keep thinking it would be wonderful to play around this year and actually USE UP some of the stuff that’s been sitting up there forever.

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    Jenny K. Lyon
    September 1, 2012 at 10:13 pm

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