As the year winds down, we often reflect on what we've done and what we would like to accomplish in the new year. Here are five ideas you should consider.
1. Make Time
As makers, we continually do for others. Take time for yourself.
Practice makes perfect. All artisans spend time at their craft, and embroidery is no different. Be sure to allow yourself time to perfect your skills. Block out time every day, whether you are at your machine, reading books and magazines, and even following social media.
Forums, like those on AnntheGran.com, provide technical assistance in addition to project ideas. They also typically focus on specific brand equipment like Brother. Everyone has a different take on the same project. Website galleries are wonderful resources for design ideas.
2. Take a Class
There is so much to learn. I know I am always learning something new. Whether you enroll in a class at your local dealer, quilt shop, or take an online class like those at Craftsy
, you are sure to learn a thing or two!
Craftsy classes are available any time, day or night, and can be taken over again or paused and reviewed as you complete your projects. Students have access to instructor feedback and share their work with fellow students who offer tips, encouragement, and kudos for jobs well done.
Dealers often provide refresher courses in machine use or special techniques. Discounts are typically given to students for class supplies. Be sure to sign up for newsletters and social media posts so you are aware of what's available.
3. Be Brave: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Ever think you might like applique
? How about cutwork
? Want to make a quilt
? Make 2016 the year that you try something new. Take a class or elicit the help of someone who has some experience with the technique you wish to try. What can it hurt? It will be fun and you may even like it!
4. Get Organized
This time of year, my sewing room looks like a crafting and sewing apocalypse. I have found that if I don't routinely straighten things up and put everything where it belongs (or at least in the vicinity where it belongs) working on projects is often an effort in futility. I can accomplish more in much less time when my supplies, designs, threads, and stabilizers are easy to find.
Sometimes, finding designs is the most frustrating part. We download throughout the year and somehow the designs disappear with the same frequency as mismatched socks. Try out an embroidery cataloging
5. Stop Procrastinating
This year, we almost lost Pat, The Avid Embroiderer. I also lost a very dear friend unexpectedly. She had recently retired, bought an embroidery machine, and we were going to get together for some "lessons." Unfortunately, that didn't happen. I am a master procrastinator and that needs to stop. Make today count; sometimes, tomorrow doesn't come.
Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a blessed new year!