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Sunday, January 18, 2009

New Blogger

I have decided to start blogging as a way to hold myself accountable.  I want to further my education and enjoyment of the fiber arts.  I hope to keep a record of my journeys on this blog.  By writing down what I have learned I can keep a record for myself.  This will work two fold for me.  On those days when I feel like I'm not accomplishing much, I can look back and say "Hey, I guess I'm doing pretty well!" and I will be more likely to keep learning if I'm writing it all down.  Yesterday I went to a play day with my small quilting group.  We played with soy wax.  I have never done any batik work at all so this was new for me.  It was so exciting watching the creative process emerge in the seven of us involved.  There were some gorgeous fabrics created and I can't wait to see what develops from them.  I know that I will be experimenting more with this technique.  I still have a lot to learn there.  The biggest learning curve for me is to get caught up in the moment and not worry about what others think or whether I am doing it 'right.'  I think the times I create something I truly love are the times I block out the world and just go with my gut.  Experimenting is the name of the game and I need to join in! I posted two photos of a couple of the fabrics I created yesterday.  I painted the black and brown with jacquard paints.  I'm planning to dye the other that just has the wax on it so far.  I think the dark one looks a little like a meteor shower or something space related.  Today I have set aside to play with my new embellisher.  It was a Christmas gift and I still haven't used it!  I had a couple of projects with deadlines I wanted to finish first and I have been reading to try to learn more.  Now it is time to jump in and create.  I can't wait.  I've seen so many beautiful things done with an embellisher.  


Chris said...

Janet, You are off to a great start! I love the meteor fabric.

Shirley said...

Janet - I am really pleased you have started your own blog. I log the effect of your two projects. Please post a picture when you dye the 2nd one.

Who knows, maybe we will have you teach this on the learningfa group.

I think it will be great to see the new blogs. I just jumped right it and learn something new every day and I am sure you will too. I will be back, for sure. Shirley

Tennye said...

Looks great Janet I hope to make mine as interesting.

Hanswife said...

great start I did this to this year to hopefully get a few more things done..instead of just starting something new

maggi said...

Welcome to blogland. Love your fabric pieces. A word of warning about embellisher machines - they are addictive so give yourself plenty of time to experiment

Janet Hartje said...

Thanks for all the encouraging words about starting my blog. I think it will be fun as well as push me to accomplish more each day.