Nov 20, 2014

Just do it

Hello people.  Got snow?  Good grief!  Some areas have been hit hard so am I going to accept my few inches with a smile and be thankful?  Hell no.  I'm crabby and will stay that way.  It's the nature of the bitch beast.  Temps are supposed to rise which is good because every morning my pounding head has to search the house for escaped brats.
 
Yesterday I received a note from Jean at The Attic and the Nash bag is traveling to Mesa as we speak.  It was very quick, not much time to say goodbye, but I'm OK with it.  Adios!  You were a lovely visitor but a little too good looking and neat for me.  So here's the thing - I had a little pang of panic when I realized that really experienced and serious stitchers will see it, maybe look closely.  I think we all feel that our work is never quite as perfect as we would like, our errors are sometimes left in, our placement a few stitches off, the finished seams maybe not be straight.  Let it go.  It's from our hands and no one's hands are the same.  Never be embarrassed or feel it's not good enough.  There's nothing wrong with striving for needlework perfection and many of you achieve it, enjoy competing, and are very proud of your work.  Me?  When it's for my own pleasure, I could care less.  I drop it on the floor, eat while stitching, threaten it with flame, my threads are very uneven and twisted, tension depends on hot flashes......but it's me.  My handwork.  A reflection of my attitude toward stitching?  Yes.  I don't take it too seriously.  A reflection of my style?  Yes.  I prefer things that look old and used.  I've said before, the benefit of primitive pieces is that people don't know if your house is really dusty or if those pieces are old and actually look like that.  Same with my stitchery.  If anyone would criticize your work, just tell them you strive to be as perfect as they are but aren't there yet.
 
If your stitching pleases you - perfect.  If you would like it to be better - go for it.  But if you hesitate because you think it won't be as good as other's - let it go and just do it.  Don't ever think that it's not good enough because as with any work of hands, it will always be different than others.  With many reproductions having error after error of all sorts, we still celebrate it!  Were their stitches perfect?  No.  Maybe after many years they became so, but it didn't make their first pieces any less important. 
 Just do it.  Have fun.  Keep a match handy.

16 comments:

gracie said...

I sometimes stress over my creations, but then in the end I find that I am pleased and that is what counts. When i receive a hand-made gift, I look at the thought.

Terri said...

Well said!!

backporchcarver said...

A long time ago I had a painting instructor tell the person sitting beside me (who was whining because her work didn't look like the instructor's)" There is no such thing as not good enough, there is only different". After that I had a lot more fun with anything new I tried.

Margaret said...

Amen! I did some model stitching a few times, and every time I worried that my stitching wouldn't measure up. I always think that when I show my stitching on my blog too. I've learned to get over it, but I have to tamp that feeling down still. Hooray for your piece going to the Attic. I think whoever bids for it and wins will be extremely happy with it!

Ele said...

I adore your posts! And totally agree with you on this. Stitching is fun, and that's all about it!! :)

Truus said...

Oh I do agree with you!!
It's your pleasure to stitch that count.
Hope for you the snow don't fall as much as it did elsewhere in the USA.
happy stitching!
greetings,Truus from the Netherlands

Mary said...

My thoughts go like this....imperfections make it unique, and you can always make it into a pillow...

Vickie said...

Wonderful advice. I'm fine with our few inches on the ground too.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Great advice, but I still worry when another hooker sees my work. I think every one else has a better style than I do.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Barb said...

Did you know that the Shakers made mistakes on purpose? They said only God was perfect and they always put errors in their work. It has sort of become my motto! (or excuse)

Robin said...

Well said (and written), Marly!

Hope you are feeling better!

Robin in Virginia

Pam in IL said...

Glad that you heard from the Attic. Wonderful advice and I try not to stress too much over my stitching, but I'm usually my worst critic.

C. M. Designs said...

I feel the way you do, Marly, or I would never sew or stitch anything.. It's my work and that's that..
I hope each new day will find you feeling better..
Charlotte

diamondc said...

I am so glad you have posted about mistakes, I am like you just go with it, sometimes it is better to not fuss over a mistake and make it your own.
We here in mid minnesota are having loads of snow on the ground, last week 16 inches in our town ick.
I donot like the cold I should have been born in warm weather.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Catherine

Melissa said...

Well said, Marly! We need to be kinder to ourselves and just have fun!

Maggee said...

Great post! Such wise words we need to remember at all times. I heard about the Shakers leaving errors too. I have been known to be severely critical of my stitching! But I am easing up. Time is short. I better enjoy everything I do or else move on. Hugs!

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