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Do What Feels Right

Updated: May 16

I have been thinking about writing this post for a while now. I can look at a product and after a few minutes I manage to analyze how it was done. There is a blessing and a curse to that ability. I can also teach how to sew almost anything.

Why can it be a problem? As a teacher I create my own syllabus and don't use somebody elses. I have thousands of ideas racing around in my head. I enjoy creating samples and writing tutorials. Many different ideas, many different fabrics, many different products and many different techniques.

How do I set up my studio for all of these? I can't and that is the problem.

For creating clothing the studio needs to be larger with a decent sized cutting table and a modelling doll. A large ironing board, a serger (overlocker) ready to be used, and maybe even a flatlock machine too I don't have that space anymore. The serger is taken off the shelf when I am working on a specific product and then reshelved.

For creating clothing I need a larger supply of fabrics at the ready. I have downsized and given away most of my fabrics.

The studio also has to work according to a functional system. Storing fabrics and notions and working according to some sort of production line.

I can do that when I make mini art quilts and fashion and home decor accessories. The techniques and products I design go from large to small following the life cycle of the fabrics as I work and the sewing machine that I need for these is a basic domestic that has a straight stitch.

I have spent the last 2 weeks, as I always do when I have a birthday coming up, analyzing what I enjoy creating and teaching and what is feasible bearing in mind the current size and structure of my working studio.

I took a very thorough look around the studio and decided that my dealings with clothing would entail mending of course and any creating would be one of a kind art pieces for myself or to gift and any tutorials created from those would be accessible for all on the blog.

I arranged the physical aspect of the studio according to the production line I had in mind. My tutorials work according to this system and any new ideas that I have will have to fall in line with this structure.

Another decision that I made was that when working on a line of products, to create that week using only a specific line of colors. One bag of fabrics, a particular color of thread and notions. This system enables me to work in a small studio without feeling cluttered and overwhelmed. It also forces me to step even further out of the box to create new techniques using only what I have on hand from those particular supplies.

It was actually quite difficult to do. I had been working on pinterest and getting inspiration for the last 2 weeks. More than usual. I gave myself time to do some deep searches, hours at a time in fact. There are so many talented and innovative people out there who create beautiful items.

Here is the problem, after looking at them for a few minutes and making rough sketches I could create all of them. My 2021 inspiration notebooks are almost full of ideas, the notebooks are also for a separate post. I was finding that instead of creating I was searchng and thinking.

I spent a week looking at some modern geometric ideas, I even made a few patchwork pieces, that is for another post. It just didn't feel right for me. I do teach that in my classes but it felt too technical, too structured for me.

I gave myself a deadline by when to make a decision of what to work on. Turned the computer off, went to the studio, took out a random bag of pastel fabric, white thread and sat down and looked at it. Took out my tutorials and realised that I already have quite a good production line and all I had to do was fill it in with a few more tecniques.

I don't have to create everything, it is also enjoyable to see other people's works. It is important to work within a particular structure.

And then I had a eureka, I most enjoy abstract patchwork fabric art. Looking at the fabrics 3 new abstract ideas came and I made a cup of coffee, began to work and creation flowed.

I felt like Rumpelstiltskin from scraps to these

Wave Landscape Patchwork
Wave Landscape Patchwork

Textural Technique
Textural Technique

Whirlpools and Spirals
Whirlpools and Spirals

Creating Fabrics
Creating Fabrics


There are online pdf tutorials and video classes available to purchase

Wave Landscape Patchwork Tutorials and Video Tutorials

The tutorials are available here on Etsy

and here on my site

and the videos classes can be viewed here on my site after purchase

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I find your posts very inspirational and love reading about your creative process. Happy birthday!

Sharon Prigan
Sharon Prigan
Dec 25, 2021
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Thankyou ❤️

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