Sharon, I’ve always felt apprehensive about sharing photos of my Works In Progress. However, when I started doing that with my crazyquilt projects, I recieved alot feedback from stitchers, telling me that they loved seeing my pieces “grow”.
Honestly, I think it’s very interesting to watch, on a daily basis, how each crazyquilter works. Both from the technical perspective to the creative end of it.
I for one, never work two blocks the same way. Sometimes I do all the embroidery first and then do the embellishing and sometimes I just start in one corner, embroidering and embellishing each section as I go. This keeps me from being “set in my ways” and prevents my work from “looking all the same”. At least I think it does!
For me, crazyquilting is a reflection of my state of mind. I’ve noticed that when my mind is “all over the place” it shows in my stitching. When my mind is more peaceful and relaxed, my quilt pieces look a little more organized (if one can say that about crazyquilting) and planned out.
I think we can learn alot about ourselves by giving careful study to how we work, and by looking at the creativity in our stitching as well. Several things that we can look at would be,
“what colors do we tend to use alot”, “what stitches and types of threads do we like” and “what types of embellishments do we use”. “Do we try to reproduce the look of traditional Victorian crazyquilt pieces or do we prefer the contemporary look”.
I hope you can see where I’m going with this. I truly feel that crazyquilting is one of the only needlework forms that reflect our personalities and mindstates.
I’ve also found that I get the most interest and comments on my posts when they show work in progress or even failed work. For the last few months I’ve been trying to concentrate more on showing process in my blog entries – although right now I’m blogging my sketchbook from Europe and there’s not much art going on for it to displace either.
My biggest challenge is that unless it’s a larger piece with natural stopping points I have to remember to take pictures while I’m working on it – and without getting paint on the camera if I’ve been collaging instead of stitching.
Pam and Beth- I don’t feel apprehensive as such it is more habit than anything else that I didn’t realise I had! Also it finally dawned on me that people are interested in the process rather than the finnished product.
Also as Beth says I simply forget to take photos but I think I will attempt to develop a new habit there. If the camera sits in my sewing box it will be in the way so much that I will rmember to take a photo!
Sharon, thanks so much for the links to your previous posts. Since I just recently found your site it will take me years to go through all the archives and this has helped me tremendously.
I really enjoy watching the wip of these blocks. I first started watching as Pam started her quilt over on her EZBoard site and have been watching and learning since. I now have the courage to do one of my own. Whether or not it *fails* I think the learning process will be worth it.