I do, especially at this time of year, for some reason.
Perhaps, it’s because Autumn is such a free spirit, so un-constructed, that I jump outside my self-imposed constraints and just punch! Or, perhaps, it’s because there are so many wonderful, fabulous primitive patterns for Fall that I cannot decide which one to do first and so I put pencil to weavers cloth and, a quick sketch later, I’m off!
My favorite things to create, by far, are make dos, and I may have gotten carried away this time. I have five in the works ~ three jacks, a cat, and a witch ~ and two more in my mind, just waiting for a hoop to free up. I’ll probably be working on Fall well into Winter and start on Santa and Snowmen around Mother’s Day!
It’s so much fun making color choices, especially for a piece with lots of potential for lots of different colors. However, it’s so very restful and so very simple to make only one or two choices ~ a cat? antique black. a pumpkin? orange. a witch? antique black. ~ see what I mean? Simple! Less brain work, fewer needles to thread with different colors, just one needle, maybe two, and GO!
Have you ever watched little children coloring in a coloring book? ~ Of course you have, in fact, you were probably one of those pint-sized people once. ~ There are all those shapes on the page, neatly defined by lines, highly manufactured and perfect, but little children are interested in one thing ~ putting color on paper ~ me too! At this time of year, I get to “scribble” as much as I want. Weary of punching a circle? punch a square. This spot getting tiresome? pick up the needle and start a different patch. Ah, Freedom!
Autumn is such a messy and forgiving season, that I feel like I really can’t do anything wrong, at least within the sphere of fiber art. So, life feels almost like all play and no work, especially if I turn a blind eye to the amount of dust and kitty fur piling up ~ what’s a little dirt, anyway!
Ignore the dust and play today!