Make More Art: Take Sewing Projects on the Road

8 Jan 2014
Here it is, the second week of January, and I still haven't settled on my Word of the Year. You know, the mantra that you use to help you focus on what you want to accomplish before the next time the ball drops.

make art bag by lynn krawczyk for hand embroidery
Make Art Bag by Lynn Krawczyk, featured in the
Feb/March 2014 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.

Fill it with supplies for on-the-go hand embroidery projects.
Several words are circling around in my mind. But one that keeps floating to the top is "yield," with all its many meanings.

One of the definitions of "yield" that appeals to me in this New Year is the agricultural sense: to produce or provide. This year, I am very serious about getting back to my artistic roots and actually creating more art.

I have set a goal to continue a series of quilts that I started making several years ago, and that will take a large chunk of my creative time.

But for those days I can't work for hours on sewing projects, I am trying to spend at least 5 minutes a day making art. Every day. My goal is to stop procrastinating and to just commit to creativity.

One way to make more fiber art five minutes at a time is to create art while you're on the go. I like to keep a little bag or case with supplies for hand sewing projects.

Spending five minutes here and there adding hand embroidery designs to mini fabric collages, hand stitching appliqué, or paper piecing patchwork designs keeps me in touch with my creative side and helps me complete projects bit by bit.

hand sewing needle case by paula cheney
This Needle Case by Paula Cheney
holds your hand sewing essentials. From International Quilt
Festival: Quilt Scene 2013
.

Here are some supplies to keep in a hand stitching bag:

  • Squares of felt
  • Small fabric collages, fiber postcards, or patchwork squares, ready for embroidery or piecing
  • A selection of needles
  • Embroidery thread in various weights and colors
  • Small embroidery scissors
  • Small plastic bag for snipped thread ends
  • Small tin with seed beads
  • Thimble

I think I'll put a making a hand sewing bag first on my list of sewing projects for the year. Then we'll see how many pieces of fiber art I'll yield in 2014.

If making more quilting and fiber art is on your list of goals, you'll find plenty of projects and tutorials in the Quilting Daily Shop.

P.S. Did you pick a word for the year? Reveal it in the comments section below.


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kmcookie wrote
on 10 Jan 2014 3:52 AM

My word for 2014 is.......Fulfillment! Ta da!

virginiadare wrote
on 10 Jan 2014 11:28 AM

My word for 2014 is     "Beautification" --------Creating beauty in handwork for others to enjoy!!!!!  Makes the heart feel full.

princesa wrote
on 11 Jan 2014 9:58 AM

Accomplish

autumn adams wrote
on 11 Jan 2014 12:11 PM

My word for 2014 is THRIVE.

Joyce Ford wrote
on 11 Jan 2014 12:26 PM

My word for 2014 is Create.

the chilepie wrote
on 11 Jan 2014 5:58 PM

My word is Freedom, possibly with a minor in Focus, which I don't think is as contradictory as it sounds really...

Lynne Bose wrote
on 11 Jan 2014 8:19 PM

My word is engage.

Dianner5 wrote
on 11 Jan 2014 9:32 PM

Simplify

I always make things more complex than they need to be. My first quilt for 2014 starts with precuts. This word applies to many things in my life. Thank you for the suggestion so much better than resolutions. Have a fun filled artful year all.

Dianner5 wrote
on 11 Jan 2014 9:32 PM

Simplify

I always make things more complex than they need to be. My first quilt for 2014 starts with precuts. This word applies to many things in my life. Thank you for the suggestion so much better than resolutions. Have a fun filled artful year all.

on 11 Jan 2014 10:23 PM

My word for 2014 is...let go...

Nan Ryan wrote
on 12 Jan 2014 5:28 AM

My word for 2014 is.......BE!

on 14 Jan 2014 8:43 AM

My chant moving forward starting in 2014 is.... DO YOU. Not to disrespect others but I'm making sure my creativity is given a priority so I'll be expressively happy. To do that I must DO ME!

Debtex wrote
on 20 Jan 2014 12:32 PM

My word is Complete. Both as a reminder to complete projects I've started (ha!) but also a reminder that my life is full and complete.