I love art, and craft and makers and making. As a result, I also love reading and learning about creativity and other people’s creative processes. I think it is the bomb. Lately, I have become increasingly obsessed with seeing other people’s works in progress, shared via blogs and instagram. There’s something so exciting about seeing a new creative thing that’s only partially complete. It’s almost as though the potential of what it will eventually be gives it a life of it’s own. It. Is. Ace!
In light of that, I thought I’d share a bit about the current work I have in progress (or #wip, as I like to say), talk a bit about my creative process, and invite others to do the same. There’s a link share at the bottom of this post, so if you have something you’re working on, I would love for you to share it and join in the conversation!
I essentially have a mental stockpile of weaving ideas, from vague ideas of patterns I’d like to try out, to very specific patterns, to colour combinations I’d like to play with, so when it comes time to start a new weaving, I scroll through my cache of ideas, and pick something, usually based on what colour I feel like working with. I am highly motivated by colour! I have been rather in love with this glorious, squishy ball of mint green yarn that I picked up from Bendigo Woollen Mills, and I had also had this thick cream fluff from KnitPicks that I’ve used in the fringing, so these two yarns formed the basis of this piece.
I’m not really one for carefully planning out my weavings before hand. I usually have a vague idea of what I want the finished piece to look like, and I generally like to create balanced, symmetrical pieces, usually working with a combination of triangles and geometric shapes.
Going into this piece, I thought it would end up a symmetrical combination of triangles and diamonds, maybe with some pale pinks and purples mixed in. Great! I thought I knew where it was going, but how wrong I was. I completed the fringing and the mint green section first, but when it came to filling in the rest in, I freaked out. I didn’t like the other colours I’d chosen and I couldn’t see the sort of pattern I’d envisaged working. I was actually *this* close to unravelling the whole thing (dramatic, right?!). However, I had some gorgeous yarns in different textures and shades of cream left over from another project, so I reluctantly decided to work those in, resigning myself to making something that I thought was going to be a bit subpar.
And then, I guess because I’d already sort of written this piece off, I decided to experiment and I did something I’ve never done before…I started to create a non-symmetrical pattern (*GASP!*). And you know what? I’ve done a total turn around, and I’m really enjoying working on this piece. It’s turning into a bit of an abstract, snowy, minty mountain range, and I’m loving working with the different textures and weights of yarn. Isn’t it interesting how a minor creative mishap can help you break out of your comfort zone? And now I know I can tackle non-symmetrical designs without sky falling in. I’m practically unstoppable!…I may be getting slightly carried away, but perhaps you know what I’m getting at?
So, now I want to hear all about your #wip! What are you working on? It could be crochet, sewing, painting, or even something non-crafty. Maybe you’re writing something, or experimenting with a new recipe. Do you like to start with a specific project or pattern in mind, or just wing it? Do you get inspired by a colour? Do you like to make for the sake of making, or does everything have to have a purpose? Do you ever want to give up on a project half way through? Share a link to something you’re making via the link-up below, and let’s have a creative chat!