Monday, February 23, 2009

Helene calls it therapy sewing, other people call it mindless work. For me, it is not mindless at all- but it is certainly good therapy. I do it when I am out of ideas and need to just play with colors and design. Amazingly, I pulled out my sewing machine when I was in the studio this afternoon (my $400 Viking 210 that sews just straight and zigzag and is light enough to take anywhere). Normally, I consider it a waste of time to sew when I can print - but there I was - sewing away without a knee lift or automatic threader or thread cutter. Tonight, I am sewing at home. Kay Sorensen posted to her blog showing how she works - and I commented to her that my process is exactly the same: I throw fabrics at the wall, see what works together, and go from there. Therapy sewing works a bit differently. I sewed together a block this afteroon and several more tonight, throwing them at the wall as I finished them. The one on the left is the first one I did. I really like it but it doesn't work here. so I made another, turned this block around, and tried again.Filling in a bit with strips - but the whole exercise is silly because until I have sewn a billion blocks, I won't know what this will end up looking like. Perhaps completely different! It will wait till tomorrow. I am off to bed.

4 comments:

Eva said...

The first idea really wasn't bad! Because. The eye tries to find another figurative picture, encouraged by the portrait on the right side. But can't find any. This causes some slightly puzzling effect which I quite like.

Rayna said...

Well, I'm not even close to being anywhere yet and this will probably change a million times before I am done. This is a commission, actually -- the kind I love, which is "do whatever you want." The buyer lives in California so this needs to be bright. Good for me to do for a change.

I just posted to show my process, more than anything (since I have nothing else to post - LOL).

Judy said...

lovely.........and how nice to have that sort of commission piece to play with!!

xo

Susie Monday said...

I think I am due some therapy sewing myself. Great idea and just what I need, in addition to a long walk with the dog -- believe it or not, it's springtime in south Texas!

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