Mar 12, 2008

love me some linen

embroidered patch from berlin's whimsy

Look what arrived in my Mexican P.O. box today! Amber and I did a bit of an exchange - a few sewing patterns for some of her knock-em-dead handwork. I'm hoping that having this lovely piece of Amber's in my home will help filter some of her embroidery mojo my way! You never know.

At the moment, I'm pleasantly paralyzed (creatively) due to the 10 yards of beautiful linen that I can finally call my own. I've waited literally years to find affordable linen. Now that I have it, I'm overwhelmed. There are SO many ideas floating about in my head, but I can't seem to lasso any idea in particular. Part of me is fighting the perfectionist that lurks beneath my more nonchalant surface ... why would I feel like I need to create a masterpiece as soon as the needle hits this wonder-fabric? Silly. So I decided to start with a pattern - a pleasant warm-up of sorts.

quilting bee stichette in progress

You already know how much I admire Hillary's work, and this "Quilting Bee" stitchette is just another testament to all that is wonderful about Wee Wonderfuls. I can already see the finished embroidery hanging on the wall of my new studio once we move to North Carolina!

I'm confident that once I'm done with the Quilting Bee I will be able to skip intrepidly into a future filled with original designs. Do you ever get this perfectionist-induced creativity block?



Sarah said...

LOVE IT! I adore everyday inspiration like that.

Sequana said...

Thx so much for that link. I've never seen nice linen at those prices.

Em said...

Great stitching Meg! When are you moving to NC, and where in NC will you be???

pungsnotded said...

Wow that first piece is so great!

Cheryl said...

Oh Meg, if you could get inside of my head sometimes. I go to sleep dreaming of all of these ideas and end up making this big to-do about my ideas & how to execute them. It can paralyze you. But then you regroup and get started. Your work is always beautiful & I can't wait to see what you create next :)

becky, bens mom said...

Oh yes, but I've recently, inexplicably (hopefully not temporarily...) relieved myself of it, and am having such a burst of creative inspiration that I have to get out of bed at night to write some new idea down!
Am sending good, non-perfectionist, creativity vibes your way now...

Daniele said...

oh, love it!...very nice. I was wondering what kind of camera/lenses you use?

lassothemoon said...

Those flowers are so simple and gorgeous~

Em said...

I just got some beautiful blue linen from a freecycler today - I have NO idea what I'm going to do with it!!! I'm thinking about a skirt??? UGH... just don't know!

Paper Dolls for Boys said...

Thank you so much for sharing the affordable linen site. I've afraid to order some because then I'd have dusty affordable linen!
Thanks for sharing all your ideas and work. I particularly love hearing about the kids!

Paige said...

I totally feel like my feet get "stuck in the creative mud" sometimes - I have so many things I wanna do/make but have trouble getting focused, or getting "unstuck," I guess. Like I have lots of projects half or nearly done - I just need to find the time to finish them all!
Thanks for sharing all that you do here, especially the Montessori Goodness!

Bethany Hissong said...

Yes! I totally understand that feeling. I get it with my drawings and paintings all the time. That's why I force myself to try to do something every day. Just look at each thing as part of the process... not everything will be wonderful, but it's all worth it when something is!!! You are great Meg... keep going!!!

kennedy & friends said...

great you will try some embroidery. with all of your creativity you will start making beautiful things in no time. so, i'm new to linen, what weight di you buy? i had no idea linen came in so many different weights. i want to make some new curtains for my kitchen and i will use linen with cotton appliques. i would realy apprecitte any help with the linen.

cindie said...

Thank you for the "affordable linen" link. I have been searching for wearable linen, but always end up disappointed with see-through weight or heavy, heavy, stiff weight linen. Do you mind sharing which linen you purchased? I'm looking to make my daughters some sundresses and peasant dresses.

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