Sunday, 12 June 2016

Creating for the sake of creating

Sometimes my mind needs downtime. The kind where it can recharge without the pressure of deadlines, other people's priorities, and, well, just life in general. The last few weeks have been pretty intense for me - full of stress, frustration about a situation I find myself in and can't yet get out of, and some pretty good highs. In times like this, I crave a creative outlet and while I have been sewing, somehow it hasn't quite hit the spot. So yesterday, I decided to regain control and pushed aside anything I "should" have been doing in favour of creating. No instructions to follow, absolutely no need for perfection, and no need to share if it all went wrong. It was blissful! 

Free motion embroidery scissors

I knew I wanted to experiment. To do something I wasn't that good at (to keep the pressure of getting it right at bay) and just to have fun. I choose free motion embroidery and a sewing theme because possible options sprang to mind more easily than others. I pulled some white twill from my stash, grabbed the interfacing, bondaweb and my scrap boxes, quickly printed out some sketches and got going. The pictures so the results - some more successful than others but hey, perfection and consistency were not the aims! 

Free motion embroidery dress form
Free motion embroidery fabric pile


I had a blast making these. The nature of the free guiding the fabric through the machine means you have to embrace imperfection and your mistakes. They become part of the piece. There is something freeing in that. My mind is full of new potential projects and this mess of ideas and inspiration has made a welcome return. I have a two items of clothing the need finishing. They are quick jobs but they can wait a little longer - I'm still not quite ready to go back to precision. 

Free motion embroidery thread spools


How have you been spending your weekend?

20 comments:

  1. These are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Oh, thse are beautiful!!! I think they are perfect in their imperfection, and I'd happily put these on my wall!!!

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    1. Thanks, Helen - that's quite a compliment!

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  3. Sorry to hear you've been having a tough time! I love your approach to taking some control tho...while embracing the imperfection in these gorgeous creations! X

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    1. Thanks. Sometimes you just need to do what you need to do! I think there will be more of this over the next few months.

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  4. These are brilliant!! I love the one with the dress form.

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    1. Thanks, Lynne. The dress form was great fun to make.

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  5. These are really beautiful Claire. I'd say you were pretty good at this! Sorry to hear you're having a tough time at the moment, but also pleased that creating for the sake of creating is helpful. I can definitely identify with that!

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    1. Thanks, Sam! I'm pleased I made it to your course and could remember the process. I'm sure there will be more in the near future.

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  6. They are all so beautiful. I often find things with imperfections more beautiful than those things that are absolutely 'correct'.

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    1. I completely agree. I think imperfection is the secret to anything handmade - it helps to tell the story of their creation.

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  7. Such loveliness should be framed. A great stash buster and budget friendly.

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    1. Aw, thank you. I agree it is a great way to use up scraps.

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  8. Such loveliness should be framed. A great stash buster and budget friendly.

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  9. I actually really love these! Embrace the imperfection! My fave is the stack of fabrics, with the bobbins a close runner-up.
    What a great exercise - you've inspired me xxx

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  10. They all look great to me, and the newer ones you posted on instagram are wonderful ;o)

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  11. Inspiring! Both your idea of putting aside the "should dos" and the product of your creativity! Thanks for sharing. Do you know the book "Drawn to Stitch"? You may enjoy it.

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