Last weekend while working on a sewing project for my home, I remembered a good lesson I learned from a teacher. It wasn't a sewing lesson, but thinking of it helped my sewing process.
|My elephant wall hanging, in progress.|
I'm working an elephant wall hanging, and am nearing the point where I'll add a thin white border, then a wider gray border. Lastly, I'll add the binding, which I'll make out of the orange batik I used for the elephant body.
I spent a chunk of time Saturday morning working on the wall hanging, and was close to getting the elephant body sections sewn together. Then my bobbin thread ran out. I'd planned to stop sewing soon anyhow, so I took it as an opportunity to close up shop and go about my day.
But knowing that the next step when I returned to my sewing area was filling my bobbin (for some reason, a task I think of as a real drag), I procrastinated going back to my machine.
Then I remembered some advice a teacher told me back in middle school. He said the best way to return to a task is to stop at a point when it is going well, and you know what to do next. That way, you'll more easily coax yourself back to work, then say, if you stopped when stuck or in anticipation of a hard step.
Later in the weekend, I filled that pesky bobbin and kept working. I was one step away from being ready to add my borders, and considered spending an extra ten minutes to reach that point. But remembering the teacher's advice, I stopped working.
Now, as I sit at work on Monday morning, I'm raring to get home at the end of the day to finish sewing that last elephant body section on. It'll take only a few minutes, and I'll launch right into my borders after that.
If you're looking for sewing projects for the home, there are some great ones in the new summer issue of Modern Patchwork, available in the Sew Daily Shop.
What about you? Have you received some life advice that you've applied to help you as a sewist? I can't wait to hear.