This weekend I will be taking a couple of classes as well as teaching one. For the one I’m teaching, I could not bring myself to select a single fabric and make identical kits for the students…so I’m bringing a boatload of fabric! And that’s not so bad, because I won’t have to make the final decision of what to choose.
However, the class I’m taking has choices and decisions that are up to me.
Choose a focus fabric, the teacher says. HA HA HA! Typical dilemna for every class I take–whatever I bring is the wrong stuff for what we are doing. How do I know today what I’ll be inspired to work with on Sunday? Oh, well—here goes nothin’!
Went through the stacks of fabrics on the shelves and managed to get my selection down to less than a dozen. That’s a success.
Eliminated the very bright and the very graphic–oh, then found one more that I’ve had for a long time and I gave it some serious thought.
Nope–here are the final four.
Each has pros and cons—this one has the bright colors I like yet it’s very representational. I am NOT representational.
This one has lots of color, is muted, but might be ‘mushy.’
I really like the way the colors dance and flow across this piece, but it might be too directional and better used in a larger chunk. And it has purple…mmmm, not so much into purple.
I love the mood and soft colors of this one–perhaps not enough of a focus, though.
So, I chose the first one with the flowers…but I’m bringing the second one, too! And now we are supposed to pick 4 or 5 fabrics to go with the focus fabric, making sure to have both light and dark. HA HA HA again!!
I have 17. I think I will survive.
That only took all morning…………………………but I was a little bit distracted because these blocks went missing…nowhere, and I mean n.o.w.h.e.r.e. to.be.found!
I started looking for them last night and they did not mysteriously reappear this morning. I gave it up for a lost cause and went to get a canvas to check size on another piece and guess what was hiding in the stack of canvases…ooooh, you guessed it!
But that meant more choices, because I have decided to mount them together in one piece rather than small and separate. Which fabric will support them the best? I will spare you the dozen or more picks that I started with and only show what I am dithering between now.
Which looks better–number 1
or number 2
That’s the point where I quit for the day. Could not make even one more choice! It would be nice if I were swift and decisive, but I simply am not. I tell myself that being thoughtful results in better work, but sometimes–no, most of the time–it would be better if I spoke sternly to myself and said, “Just pick one already, for goodness sake!”