Thing #1 and Thing #2
Last weekend was my monthly class at the local needlework/quilt shop. It's called Art Journal and each class is a secret until we arrive. Every month we get to play with a different technique. So far this year we've done kool-aid dyeing. fusing, free-motion quilting, free-form embroidery, made fabric buttons, made layered fabric and others things I can't remember right now.
Many of the these techniques I've seen in books and magazines. They are the type of thing that I want to drop eveything and try but end up not doing. All year I've had a few hours every month to just play with these ideas.
Last Saturday the teacher brought in scraps of fabrics, beads, yarn, threads, batting and a few examples. We went crazy. Each of us picked different fabrics and beads and immediently went to work creating our people. No two ended up the same although many had really wild hair.
On many classs days I've been busy and tired and wondered why I had signed up for the class. But once I'm there I pick up energy from the the other ladies. I've found that time in this class sparks my creativity. I come home with so many ideas for new projects or new ways of doing old projects. I used to be afraid of the fusible webbing and now I'm making frames using it - more on that later. I don't know if the class will continue into the new year. What I do know is that if it doesn't I'm going to have to reserve one day a month to be my "creativity" day and try something new.