Friday, 29 October 2010

Merry-Go-Round - Comfort Zone(s)

Jump on our merry go round and join a group of artists/crafts-women from around the world as they link hands and tell you a little bit about their lives in craft.
Do look up the answers from the rest of this band of crafters (links to your left).
If they haven't posted yet, remember we all live in different time zones and check again later...
This month's theme:
Get out of your comfort zone and try something new.

"Comfort zone"? What's that?!!

I don't think I have that in stock.

First things first— I should apologize for taking my seat on the merry-go-round a bit late this month.
Excuses: yesterday evening, I had planned to finish knitting a cashmere jacket. I am not a terribly competent knitter*, but I have knitted, on and off, for over twenty years. For some reason, I knit a lot during heat waves. Don't ask... I don't know.
So anyway, being only moderately competent, I make mistakes. Bad ones. Yesterday, as I was finally trying to sew the pieces together, I realized I had made one of those bad mistakes. "Bad" means I have to unmake. I had to. Quite a bit. So I unravelled the whole collar and the top of both front pieces [yes— I had bound off on the wrong side].
And I re-made them. Well, I had to go to bed before I had quite knitted the collar again; So I had to do that today.

But this morning I had to do some paperwork and this afternoon I was going to the bookbinder.
To learn bookbinding.
I started taking lessons from a professional bookbinder a month ago. It's something I have long wanted to do and now that I don't take upholstery classes** anymore, I have decided I could make time for bookbinding.

Yes, I am supposed to make jewellery and I do have plans to explore silversmithing and artclay again, but I am an uncurable Jane of all trades. Mistress of none, but never bored...
I swing from one craft to another.
Mixing and matching materials and crafts.
Exploring life and the world as I go.

That sounds good, doesn't it? But really it's pathological— I cannot stand the idea of living just one life....

Plus, just you wait until you see the wonderful notebooks and accessories I am going to turn all this discomfort into! Not sure you're going to have to wait, but I know that in the meantime I won't be bored.

* Rather better than at crochetting, but I am working on that.
** Still have to finish covering a chair for my mother


Mariana said...

LOL Pathological or not, I think it is really cool to try so many things. it actually would become pathological if you never finish anything... LOL

Bookbinding and upholstery, both are in my TO LEARN list.
Is the pullover ready??

meherio68 said...

Nah... I was slow yesterday, so I haven't finished sewing it all up. There was a comical moment when I decided to try it on though it was only half assembled. The result was more clownish than dashing, I'm afraid.

Easterya said...

Raaagh I am jealous as hell about your bookbinding classes, GOD I would LOVE to learn that!!! Love your philosophy of life, one life indeed is way too short, so you go girl!!!!

Sara's Texture Crafts said...

You are a lady after my own heart... I always have lots of projects on the go (my partner calls me 'Jake of all trades', though now I shall correct him... Jane) and love to try something new. You always inspire me when I read what you are trying next.

Let us know how the book binding goes!