As I sit outside enjoying the warm breeze and gorgeous sunshine of Key West, I am thinking about next week when I will be plunged back into the reality of Michigan winter😫....the saving grace is that I will have plenty of studio time!
One of the things that I have enjoyed about keeping my blog is that I have a record of my sewing projects and can look back over the year and evaluate what has been successful and what was...well...not all that great. As I have been wanting to be more intentional about sewing things that I actually enjoy wearing, I have found this review to be very helpful. So what have I learned in 2017....
My fascination with bags continues...
I really enjoy figuring out all the pockets and the straps and hunting down the notions that go into making bags. The broken needles and pins imbedded into my fingers are not so much fun, but part of the process working with heavier fabrics and sewing over 8 layers at a time!!! Even with all of the different bags I have played around with, what do I take when I go traveling? Yep, the ratty ol' nylon, fold up backpack!! Hmmmm...a lesson?
Knitting has also been more part of my creating in the past few years. I think as I have been traveling more often and spending weeks at a time away from my sewing studio, I have found the portability of knitting a great asset. I do have to spend time 'finishing' when I am at home. As projects near completion it is more difficult to take them along, so I seem to end up with several almost finished projects at some point in the year.
I think the biggest "wake up call" this year was realizing that, just because I can doesn't mean I should! Working with Carol Lee Shanks in Ashland this past spring I found myself working on a project that felt comfortable and familiar to me and ended up being exactly what I didn't want to be doing! Carol's intriguingly simple shapes out of luscious fabrics really captured my imagination and sent me in a new direction...I am still trying to figure out where Carol ends and Becky begins and how to blend the ideas into an authentic voice. I am planning another DOL adventure in Taos this summer and will have another chance to work with Carol. Hmmmm....more lessons?
When I look at travel photos I realize that what I am most often wearing is a Smartwool 1/4 zip, long sleeved shirt, or some version of a "T" shaped garment! These are my 'go-to' garments. So it's no surprise that two of my favorite garments of 2017 are the boiled wool vest and the 1/4 zip dress.
As I bid goodbye to lovely Key West and make the transition back to winter I am looking forward to incorporating some of the lessons from 2017...
- More bags...maybe in nylon!
- Keep on knitting!
- K.I.S.S. (keep it simple, stupid!)
Thanks for indulging my habit and sending your thoughts. Let's see what we can create in 2018!!!