Work and the Inspiration Comes

Dear Diary, Sometimes I start a rug with exactly no idea where it is going. I make a few marks on the backing and off I go as is the case in the beginning of this rug here. I knew I want to use these lovely skeins of wool that Maile brought me from Seattle and I wanted to use that purple silk. That was the day after I cleaned my studio and found some gems that I had not been seeing as well as I might.

I was feeling not creative, which is a poor excuse for not working. Even when I do not feel inspired , I get a rug on the frame. I find the process of hooking inspires me and I am usually lost in the rug before long.

Inspiration. Β If you have it, sail with it like the wind. If you do not have it, just find something to work on. I have made the most beautiful rugs because I hooked with out particular inspiration. Work and the beauty comes.

Create Beauty Everyday.

If you just sit with a project, doing a bit every day all of a sudden the momentum takes over and before you know it, something beautiful is on it’s way. I may lack inspiration by times but showing up day after day to the frame, I am sure to find it again.

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21 thoughts on “Work and the Inspiration Comes

  1. I was so glad to read this. I actually never plan anything ahead in terms of rug hooking ( because it’s my escpe from planning) and I evn color plan as I go and thought I might be crazy. It’s all bout mood and self expression for me. I can be upstairs and think I’m going to draw something and by the time I reach the basement craft room, I want to draw something entirely different. So I do!

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  2. I was so glad to read this. I actually never plan anything ahead in terms of rug hooking ( because it’s my escpe from planning) and I evn color plan as I go and thought I might be crazy. It’s all bout mood and self expression for me. I can be upstairs and think I’m going to draw something and by the time I reach the basement craft room, I want to draw something entirely different. So I,do!

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  3. The February blahs have me staring at burlap and hook and not doing anything…I am wanting the wood stove to be done and the gardening to begin. You’re right!…Its not Februarys fault..I need to sit at my frame and actually put the hook in my hand and see what happens. Love that handspun. Perhaps a garden rug will see me through till planting time.

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  4. Don’t you just love Maile??? πŸ™‚ She goes to the hook in I go to…and is one of the biggest reasons I go!!! πŸ™‚ She always has a smile, a kind word and something creative going on!! πŸ™‚ The 1st time I meet her she gave me a piece of sari silk to help inspire me in my rug!
    Hope to see you soon Maile!! πŸ™‚

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  5. Oh gosh, Deanne. I’m thrilled to see you using my handspun, dazzled as always by the colors you’ve chosen, and inspired by the description of your process. It describes so well one of the many important things I’ve learned from you – trust your creative impulse. Thank you, once again.

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  6. Thanks Deanne. Sometimes I hesitate when I feel my idea for a rug is not fully formed. Maybe I am afraid of wasting beautiful material, I’m not sure. I think I need to work more at just getting started and see what develops, as you suggested.
    Warmly,
    Meryl

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  7. Very interesting , Deanne. Hopefully you will post another picture when it is completed. I love the colors you are using .

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  8. A few books I have enjoyed in the past weeks are: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson, Language of The Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachael Joyce, That Forgetful Shore by Trudy Morgan-Cole, and last but not least Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland.
    I have liked everything I’ve read by Susan Vreeland, in particular her take on Emily Carr’s life called The Forest Lover.

    I love these threads where people share books they have enjoyed, so many new ones seem to make their way onto my list!

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