So, this site has been doing the internet equivalent of twiddling its thumbs lately….not much has been going on. I have been spending the last few months trying the heal a compressed nerve in my arm that somehow…..just happened? from doing too much stuff? It is annoying, but that’s how it goes sometimes.
I’ve been doing physical therapy and resting up. And FINALLY, I feel over the worst. I can sew and make in small bit again. It is time to remove the laundry from the sewing room table….or at least part of it. I am excited, and I have lots of share!
A New Making Philosophy
To start with, my new philosophy. It is frustrating to go from being immersed in something that you love to not doing it at all. I will admit, it took me a while to rebalance the hole this “pause” left in my daily life. I need that creative outlet to be a happy stay at home mom and yet….I need a working arm. So what to do? How to find the balance between feeding my creative soul and allowing my arm the ongoing time it needs to heal? I figure I am not alone in this type of struggle, so here is my approach, now that I have gotten over the hurdle of daily pain:
Dial it back, not quit it:
I am usually an all or nothing kind of gal. It is hard to do things in bits, but I am making an effort. Now that I am back to making, I have been exploring fabric stenciling in depth and sewing with my oldest daughter lately. But a timer, not what I want to finish, decides how long I work. I had a to-make list a mile long, but I have learned the hard way that “over doing” means “no doing.” And I have noticed that slooowwwwwllly, things are getting done. What is that old story about the tortoise and the hare? I am hoping it is applicable here.
Step back and take stock:
Am I working on projects that make sense for now? In the fall, I was making bags from waxed hand dyed canvas and leather and dabbling in hand embroidery. Nothing about that is easy on the arms. So, I have scrapped the tough materials, hand stitching and repetitive motions for now. Instead, I am trying to work within my parameters. I have moved back to lighter weight fabrics like nylon, cotton and silk.
Try something new:
Part of my love of textile art, is really just the creative outlet. And so, I have been dabbling in other forms of creativity. A bit of sketching and a watercolor class. Getting the creative juices flowing without the same repetitive motions. Now, I don’t see myself becoming a master painter any time soon, but it gives me new ideas for fabric design and stretches my skills.
So that is it for now. A slower pace, working smart, and a bit more dabbling. We will see where it goes.