Thursday, August 20, 2009

my creative space


At any given time there are usually multiple creative projects and ideas swimming around in my head, at various stages of development, waiting to be brought to life.

One project: I've sat down in my studio on numerous occasions, all primed and ready to make a tote (aka library book bag). There are no shortage of materials on hand. It's a simple thing to sew. But for some reason I've just never had that spark I need to start cutting and stitching.

Another project: I have a bag filled with beautiful delicate vintage doilies and pieces of hand embroidery. So precious and perfect. I pull them out from time-to-time. Drape them over this and that. Try to find some practical way to use or display them...then pack them back in the bag.


Then one fine Sunday afternoon, these two seemingly independent ideas collide. Neural pathways cross. Spark. Magic. I have found my sewjo*. Within no time this little number is whipped up. The lining is the best bit (see below). An old pillow sham brought back to life.

Worth the wait I think.

Enjoy more creative spaces over
here.

*sewjo: I read this term last week. I can't for the life of me find where. I love it, but it's not my own. Stand up. Come forward. I know you're out there. I'll duly give you credit, if you show yourself!


23 comments:

  1. Just beautiful, glad you got the urge to go for it :P

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  2. How great when the planets align and things fall into place. The doily looks great on the grey and the pilliowcase is perfect lining. I wonder what is next....

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  3. a creative heart and hand~i really like the way you unraveled the words

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  4. Your tote has come up beautifully.

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  5. I like it. I like the way the understated background brings out the prettiness of the doily. And I really like that it's a special bag just for library books ;-)

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  6. Yes, that looks like a perfect marriage to me. Don't you love it when you just suddenly KNOW the purpose for something in your stash? It's a little bit of fuel for the excuse for having all that fabric piling up!

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  7. Your bag is gorgeous. I really identified with the feeling of pulling things out of a bag and putting them back. Glad your found your sewjo too -it is a great term! Hope you find it's owner

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  8. Oh that's beautiful!! Great work :)

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  9. This looks just gorgeous! Love them :) K

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  10. Wow! I love the look of the doily over the brown fabric. Looks great.

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  11. What a gorgeous bag. It will certainly add extra joy to trips to the library.

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  12. That's a stunning combination! Really beautiful!

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  13. ooooo...its stunning!! congratulations to you!

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  14. A lovely collision of "sewjo". Wonderful story too.

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  15. Wow, that bag is just incredible!

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  16. Very pretty indeed. Sometimes I think I stall on ideas because I am not sure it is the "best" use of my materials- esp if they are vintage. I can see why you wasted no time once this project came to you. I want to make one too! To celebrate the new library opening down the road!

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  17. lovely, i love repurposing old doilys into something new and i love that you combined the pillow sham lining with the doily. it looks great

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  18. I'm with you. Sometimes you just have to hang on in there and wait for the bolt from the blue and the planets to align!

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  19. It is beautiful - what a great idea, I love the surprise on the inside, that is divine. Clever you.

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  20. I love this. It's so beautiful and simple, what a fantastic idea!

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  21. That is beautiful - Love it. Isn't it ace when things just 'happen', you can think on it for ages and then ...whoosh! There it is, right there for you. This bag looks lovely. I'd definitely use it. I love how your'e re-using things that have already had a life - that is something that I try to do too. Peta

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  22. I missed this one last week. It's perfect, no wonder you've kept it.

    I too have doilies waiting to be attached to things. I've attached one to a skirt refashion, but just along one edge. How did you attach it as a circle?

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