Oh Monday, you are back again! I hope you’ve all had a creative week.
This week has been a good one creatively. After about 4 months of making nothing, this week I made a Freya dress from Tilly's new book and I learned how to crotchet! I had forgotten how fulfilling making something can be and I loved having something new to wear. Having said that, learning how to crotchet has been fulfilling in a different way. I'm working on the Wool and the Gang Penny Lane bag and it feels good to learn something new. I’ve been itching to try something new, to find out something new or to basically do something I haven’t done before. A couple of weeks ago I talked about falling out of love with sewing and trying something new would be a great way to reignite creative passion.
If you really think about it when was the last time you tried something new?
There are things I really want to try, like pottery (I’ve been hooked since I first watched The Great Pottery Throwdown) or flower arranging (though I think that’s my wedding brain thinking it could be a useful skill). But there is always something to put me off, whether it be financial or just plain fear.
A couple of years ago I set myself the New Year’s Resolution that I would try a new craft every month. It didn’t last very long but only because 3 months in I started sewing and to be honest it took over and I never looked back.
Whether trying something new is learning a skill or pushing yourself into a new experience, there are many benefits to joining a club and learning something new. If you listened to my previous podcast recommendation, The Fringe of It, you might have heard Charlotte talking about how learning a new skill can be a perfect way to make new friends - which is great if you’ve been putting starting something off because you are worried about going alone.
If your weeks are feeling a bit samey, it can give you something to look forward to, perfect for reigniting creative passion. So this week why not think about something you really want to try or learn and go for it. What's the worst that could happen...?
Find out what you want to try.
Make a list of things you've always wanted to make.
Which ones are actually achievable?
What can you budget to do or what you can do for free?
Tell someone and make it happen!
Treat yourself to some flowers - but make yourself work for them by taking a flower arranging class. Rebel Rebel always have such beautiful bouquets so why not learn from them?
2- Ceramics Studio Remember how I said I want to learn pottery? Maybe it's time to get my ass in gear and actually book a lesson. If you want to too, then why not try this. 3- The London Loom We all know looms are cool. Give a lesson a go and make a new wall hanging or something you can turn into an awesome cushion.