Cross-stitch, quilting, craft….

Creative Places and Spaces

Suzie recently posed a question about our creative spaces. I reckon I could be creative perched on a barbed wire fence. Where I create, depends on what craft I am focussed on. I tend to spread myself over the house. I have a spot in the family room for my computer and sewing desk….I utilise the dining room table when I am pinning a quilt or making a mixed media piece.

Curled up on the settee is a favourite place for cross stitch or knitting….unless the weather is fine. Then I can be found sitting out the back under the veranda, keeping company with Nibbles….who has distinct likes and dislikes when it comes to colour….he turns his back on black, white or any shade of brown. He is the main reason my sewing machine is in the family room and not my study. I like talking to him as I sew. I’d like to bring him inside….and I’m sure Lestat would love that, too…but it is just not practical…..and potentially dangerous, as there are many weiros which have barbequed themselves chewing on electrical wires around the house!

The Missus occasionally surprises me with a whimsical, cute and always colourful notebook. She reckoned it was preferable to my previous scribblings on napkins, the backs of shopping dockets and scraps of note paper. I have these dotted around the house and in my handbags for jotting down ideas as they pop into my head. Sometimes these can be quite cryptic….I found one yesterday which was a sketch of a rectangle with an arrow pointing to nine small circles inside it with the words french knots or beads. It took me a few minutes of puzzling before I figured out this was a diagram of a felted broach with 3 x 3 rows of french knots. The Missus and I had seen it in an art gallery during the last school holidays. It was one of those “I like that….I can do that!” moments….The price tag of $45 was motivating, too! That is an idea I had tucked away for the summer months when I like to play around with felting.

Sometimes ideas come from something completely unrelated to craft. The Missus is an avid Wonder Woman collector. I glanced at a picture taken from a comic yesterday morning and casually thought “that would make a good appliqué”, then forgot about it….or so it seemed…..As The Missus and I were sitting eating lunch in town yesterday, I asked if she would be interested in a Wonder Woman wall hanging. She said she would, so I began bouncing ideas off her about it. The basics are sketched out….and I’m raring to go!

We were watching an episode of Space 1999 when a character spoke the spine chilling words….”Resistance is futile!”…..many years before The Borg on Star Trek! That one small phrase had me scribbling in a notebook….”Foundation pieced star quilt using a piece of every fabric in my stash.” I think that could be true for many of us….resistance is futile when we are faced with potential stash!

Yo-Yo Ma collaborated with artists from various media to make a film using Bach’s Six Suites For Unaccompanied Cello….which triggered off another idea yesterday. As I listened to each suite, I thought about what colour it would be. I now have the basis for a twelve block wall hanging which I am calling Inspired By Ma.

The Missus is my muse. She has a good eye for colour….is honest….plus encourages me no matter how nutty an idea might sound! I regularly discuss ideas with her….and we jokingly say she quilts vicariously! She knows a lot about quilting techniques and can recognise a dresden plate or flying geese at 50 paces!

The internet is a gold mine of inspiration….People are so generous sharing their ideas, techniques and projects on blogs, You Tube, Ravelry etc. My obsession with interest in cross stitch was reignited by reading blogs.

Print media has always been important to me….and I can’t imagine that changing. I have a book case bursting with magazines, craft and art books.

So, it is a case of……anywhere, anytime….when it comes to creative spaces. I do find I get more creative and start more projects during the holidays….but that is more to do with time….or lack of it….

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Comments on: "Creative Places and Spaces" (3)

  1. Sounds like the universal problem, too many things to create, with too little time

  2. Wow! You really DID give this a lot of thought! And I loved reading about your creative thought processes! Makes me feel “normal” after all! lol

    Thank you SO much for sharing with us!

  3. Oh. .I got to thinking about much alike our creative spaces spread all over the house, and forgot to answer your camping question.

    Yes, we did camp, in a tent, in the snow, and it was really quite cozy most of the time. Now, the story of the time that we got caught in a blizzard, and had to keep going out every few minutes, all night long, to brush the snow off of the tent, so that it wouldn’t collapse, provides a lot of laughter, but at the time, it could have been serious.

    There were one or two other incidents that looking back, makes us wonder what on earth we were thinking, but for the most part, it was peaceful and beautiful. My hubby would always string up tarps on the trees, to provide walls against the north and west winds, and a partial ceiling. We would set up our tent within that framework, with our campfire out a bit from that. He also put up a tarp over the back of our enclosed cab pickup truck and the picnic table that was always at the campsite (we were usually the only ones in the whole campground, since it was technically closed. We favored our state forest campgrounds because they were rustic). Our dome tent had a vestible on either end, that you crawled through, much like an igloo, and we had a Coleman fuel heater in each of those at night. Our sleeping bags were for extreme cold, and we kept extremely warm! In fact, more than once, some little burrowing critters would come up between the little gap of the vestibule and tent, to share the warmth! lol

    Besides enjoying the scenery (I love to take photos), we would go ice fishing and snowshoeing, and just enjoying being out with nature. We would sit by the fire and read. .and eat. .that cold air really increased your appetite! lol

    We were talking about all of our camping trips just the other day, saying how lucky we were to be able to go so much (we also went remote canoe camping too), plus quick trips in the car, when we only had a day or two. It isn’t too safe any more to camp by yourself in remote areas that are still accessible, at least around here, which is too bad. Even in some campgrounds, it isn’t safe to leave your tent set up, or things sitting around while you go off for a walk. You’ll return to find everything gone.

    It makes us treasure our memories even more.

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