The creative and spiritual journey of a (textile) recycler. . .

I have thought about starting a blog for a long time now. I just couldn’t seem to get started. I thought. . what would I say, what would I do and really . . . . . who would care.

Last year I had the great fortune to witness a ‘happening’. As a spouse at a reunion (I know, groan) I was both an observer and participant. This reunion was attended by some of the most creative and talented people on the face of the planet. Really, no exaggeration! But many were holding onto life long insecurities. They didn’t think they were talented enough and embarrassed to perform in front of each other for fear of . . who knows . . . finger pointing, whispers, laughter, ridicule of some sort for sure. Once it was revealed that many shared the same feelings, the healing began. And I was the lucky one. I got to witness it all and benefit as well.

So, the message is that we all think we are not good enough compared to someone else, but we are. Don’t let your fears and insecurities stop you. We can’t measure our own success by someone else’s talents.

This revelation and the kindness / support of strangers has propelled my creative journey to a place I had given up ever getting to. Tho I thought my creative juices were dried up forever, they have merely been reawakened. Many thanks to all involved in my process, including in-part . . Victoria B, Mrs. W., Charles Mc., Claudia H, Mary B, Cindy G, Sandy B, Traci B., Kat C, and my IAA family. So, thank you. I dedicate this blog to all of you!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sweatshirts, scraps & more . . .

Another few days at the American Sewing Expo and more interesting people and projects.

Connie Spurlock whipped through showing her recycled sweatshirts. She had so many awesome suggestions and samples I wasn't sure she'd get through it all. She did. Now I just have to remember at least a few!

If you can't stand to throw out a scrap but not sure what to do with them. . . . check this out . . .

Floor cloths . . . .

Quilted chairs!

 Ever wonder how to use Tsukineko inks? Joyce from did demos all day long! and the pieces and projects looked sooooo good.

It was so easy an audience member did it too!

There was so much to see and so many great ideas.
I can't wait to see what next year brings!

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