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Sometimes I get discouraged because of my dearth of output. I have so many ideas. I see so many techniques and results I’d like to try to achieve. I see how much other needleartists accomplish, and I wish I could do more, get more done. I can’t, mostly because I have ME-CFS which makes it impossible for me to work for more than an hour or two a day, and not every day. It takes me a long time to choose the design (my own) I want to stitch, the stitches and materials I want to use, and all the other decisions involved. But another reason why I can’t is because I choose to work with time-consuming designs, techniques, and materials, and because I’m always trying to do it better, so I spend a lot of time practicing and doing studies.

There are advantages to working slowly, though. I think it is a more meditative experience for me. Sharon Boggon started a conversation on her blog about working slowly, and I quote Sharon:

“OK so what to me is a slow craft or slow cloth? To me it matters not a jot if its hand or machine made but what matters is that the process is thought through in a considered manner. Short cuts are not taken because of time constraints. This involves an acceptance of the inherent nature of the process, understanding materials and accepting that some things simply take time to make and that is what makes them so valuable.

Skills take time to develop and accepting that the reason a skill is valued is because of the time it has taken to be mastered. You can’t simply buy it or take a class then have it at your finger tips. A skill has to be developed and used to be by definition a skill.”

Thank you, Sharon.

I’ve already unstitched part of my new purl and re-stitched it, still trying to get around the curve of the S.  We’ll see.

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Hear ye! Hear ye! In case you haven’t already discovered it, Sharon Boggon has done it again. She has initiated yet another venue bringing together people who are interested in and/or making things with textiles and fibers and anything else that can be combined with textiles and fibers. You can visit and join this social network at Stitchin Fingers.

Already several special interest groups have been established and hundreds of members from around the world have joined.

Dear Readers, I hark back to William Blake. (I hope some of you have been interested enough to read my essay on why Blake is so important to me.) One of his mythological characters, Enitharmon, is a woman who weaves the fibers that produce the material world. (Sounds like quantum physics to me.) Her partner, Los, is imagination. Enitharmon gives form to what Los imagines. Together, these are the forces that create the universe we can perceive.

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