An iron and it’s companion ironing board do you no good when they’re tucked away in a closet. And in that same vein, keeping your unfinished tiny tapestries confined to a shoebox do you no good as well. I recently finished my little weaving, Kingdom of the Winter Woods, in 5 days, which is a record for me! But it wasn’t really finished. Sure I had cut it off the loom and finished the ends, but could I really bear to throw it in the shoebox with all of the other unfinished weavings? How would it, or any of the other tiny tapestries, be seen and enjoyed from inside a shoebox?
It seemed so sad, all of my lovely little weavings sitting in a dark little box. So out came the iron and the ironing board and the old pressing cloth, and everyone got their hems pressed!
And now in the evenings when I have some free time, I carefully stitch down the hems, and ponder how I want to show all of these little pieces, even if their just in my own home…
The fact that they’re all finished and ready to be displayed makes me feel like I can move forward to make more art.
Making art is a wonderful and fulfilling passion of mine, and I also believe that part of that passion is to share what I create with others and to spread more beauty and happiness and peace in the world. But I can’t do that from inside of a shoebox. I also can’t just weave these beautiful images and never really finish them. So here’s to finally finishing all of these weavings, and who knows, maybe I’ll find a sense of joy and even relaxation in this seemingly mundane process!
How do you complete your projects? One at a time? When the pile begins to feel overwhelming? An Excel spreadsheet?