No not the shuttle.
As I was drafting my post I had two different subjects going through my mind. The first was talking about how the beads are just not talking to me right now and what I do to attempt to jump start my mojo. The other is the trend of picking a Word Of The Year. I was having a hard time picking so I am just going to talk about them both. I started this year thinking my word would be appreciation. As you read this post you will see that it changed.
Like I stated the beads just are not talking. I have ideas but as I try to make them work they are not working out like in my mind.
As you can see I have a pretty decent stash. And like so many of you I have looked at my stash and said to “if I just order these I can get it done”, however I am discovering that it is the easy answer. All those beads you have already purchased because you just had to have them are sitting there waiting. Waiting to be discovered, waiting to be used. As we are face uncertainty both personally and globally I need to make this a stash only year. I need to challenge myself and discover just how artistic I can be.
What do I do when the beads are not talking? Well first I organize everything and I mean everything. I love art in many forms. Before I started beading I loved cross stitch. So as I was organizing I also rediscovered my stash, and also realized I am a stash builder. I need to get back to finishing these projects.
Then I organized my quilting stash and rediscovered I really miss it and I have a stash for it….
Rediscovering both quilting and cross stitch still wasn’t quite enough to get the mojo moving so before Christmas I was seeing what my teammates were doing with needle felting I needed to give it a try. I found I really like it and I can follow what ever idea I have.
I have also made a sad attempt at making a cabochon
I have been really enjoying needle felting and manipulating the fibers I am feeling so creative but still the beads are being silent. When I was looking for the supplies I made a trip to a local wool shop called The Woolery on Main Street. While I was there something else struck me. She had an amazing display of Wool Hooked Rugs. I know the first thought for some of you is the yarn hooking thing but this is so much different, it uses strips of wool fabric to create beautiful pictorials. I was so amazed by them I came home and called my friend Maria and we both agreed we needed to take a class together. My daughter was so sweet she gave me a certificate for the class for Christmas.
Here is the class project
I am so excited to give this a try.
What does all this have to do with my word of the year you ask? Well as I was thinking about all of this it changed. I still plan to appreciate what I have but I now have a year of discovery in front of me. So my word is now Discovery.
So this year I am going to appreciate the stash I have and discover what I can create with it and if I get stuck I will be able to step away knowing that I have other discoveries to make outside of beads. They are still my first passion but sometimes it is okay to take a break. What do you do when the beads are not talking?