I pinned the pieces of fabric on the eye lids days ago when I was making one of Linda’s pillows. I knew it would be the next thing I’d do on the fabric painting that I started a couple of weeks ago.
But when I got into my studio this morning, I looked at the fabric painting, hanging on my wall and tried to imagine the fabric on the eyelids already sewn on and thinking about what I’d do after that.
Then I heard myself say out loud, “Just do what you know and don’t worry about what comes next.”
Of course, this is how I work. I never plan, but create a piece one stitch, one line at a time.
Having the eyelids in place, having done the work of stitching them, makes all the difference in what comes next. One thing leads to another.
How can I know what happens next if I can’t see what came before it.
I had taken the box of felt animals (Bob from the dump saved them for me when someone was throwing them out) out last week. I thought I might use them, but I didn’t know how.
But after stitching the eyes, I knew just what to do.
I took each animal out of the box, one by one, and placed it along the bottom edge of the piece. I didn’t even have to rearrange them. I had placed them perfectly the first time. Using tiny stitches up front and big basting stitches on the back, I hand sewed the animals down.
Now I can see the piece clearly evolving. I still don’t have words for it. And I don’t want to influence it with words at this point. I don’t want that part of my brain in the process yet.
After attaching the animals I clearly saw the green chevrons in the rectangles emerging from the top of the triangle. I stitched those and tomorrow will fill them in with different shades of green maker.
Then I’ll see what comes next.
6 thoughts on “Do What You Know”
Blessings on Bob. He knew just who to save those animals for.
I’m so glad he did Jill.
God looking down on her earthly creation.
Oh I like that Jill!
Oh I love it…. the piece in progress, and your thoughts.
Thank you Carole.