Thursday, September 29, 2011

When you know it just isn't working

I've been plugging away at this experimental needleweaving for a couple of months now, continuously adding things to it and hoping it will morph into something appealing and attractive, until two days ago when I finally accepted that it just wasn't working.
It looks like I've plonked lots of different techniques on there, which in fact, I have, and no matter  how hard I hope it will look arty and nice, it just won't!!  I usually hate giving up on something, but this time I know I'm beaten, so last night I doodled a design and have started something else.
The new design will be quite basic, which is usually the best way, and in a simple colour scheme.  Its growing quickly too, so I'm hoping I might be able to finish it in a week, and make up a bit of lost time.  There are times when you try and design something, knowing all along that you're not in the right frame of mind, and it comes back to bite you later, so I've come to realise its better to just wait until the inspiration and ideas are flowing and not force a design that will never be anything other than an ugly duckling.


  1. A girl after my own heart. I just don't 'get' the arty abstract thing either. I do like your woven long stitches though!!

  2. Hi Julie,

    I check out your blog regularly because you are doing great stuff,,, and Hey, you've got lovely work there - your technique is fabulous!

    I've recently finished the Diploma, so I know what you're struggling with... A friend used to say to me, "You're doing SAMPLES . . . they don't all have to be 'major pieces' do they?"
    Often the next thing she'd remind me is "More is More!" - as in, cover it with over-stamping, or burn bits of it back... or whatever takes your fancy... and often if I'd loosen up and take a risk, I would end up with something I quite liked....
    Throwing it in the reject pile is really only for worst case stuff - like "The Dog Ate My Homework Miss, And Then He Sicked Up Miss, And This Is What It Looks Like Now, Miss!!!" I admit I had a few of those too...