Attachment to Guilt Can Kill Creativity

Cast On and Sheaf Stitch

Poppy Field

I’ve been feeling pretty guilty these days.  I don’t like feeling that way.  And why do I feel guilty?  Because I committed to participating in Sharon Boggon‘s Take A Stitch Tuesday at the beginning of the year and back on Week 24, I got hung up and have not been able to catch up.  Look at this list of stitches!  There are 12 of them!  Do you get overwhelmed looking at it?  I do!

(Note:  Click on the stitch name to go to Sharon Boggon’s Tutorial page for the stitch)

Not only that, I’ve started yet two more projects which means I’m adding insult to injury! (Project 1 & Project 2)
And then there’s all those UFOs!

It’s no wonder I’m having “bad food days” and “bad brain days”!

So how does one get past this block?  Well, my Mother, the inveterate no-nonsense Vermonter, would simply say, “Knock it off!”  The Buddhist translation is: “become free from your attachment to suffering!”  Begin by accepting that you have this feeling.  Then you are free to release it.

I’m releasing the guilt by taking action—by considering what I have accomplished and determining what I CAN do to accomplish what is left to be done.

First:  I have color coded the word “Week” in the following list.

RED= Completed, yea!
GREEN= Completed & posted about earlier
Black= Yet to be done

Here are photos of what I have been doing with the exception of a Caftan that I created for Jeff, a dress I’ve cut out for myself, and Blackwork Lessons details some of what I’ve been up to as well.

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And Second:

Wow!  There are only four more stitches to go on the list and I already know where I’m putting them.  I’m going to layer three of them along the Linked Double Chain at the bottom of the TAST 2012 Sample.  The Up and Down Buttonhole stitch will become the rays on the sun in the “Sunshine and Lollipops” piece.  How about that!

Finally, Third:

There!  No longer attached to guilt!   I feel so much better!  How about you?!

TAST2012 Week Four: Laissez les bontemps roulez!

TAST 2012 sampler at the end of week 4

TAST 2012 Sampler End of Week 4

That’s French for let the good times roll, if you didn’t know.  And that was my theme for this week’s stitch challenge.

The stitch for TAST 2012 Week Four was the Cretan stitch–open or closed.  Or even knotted, if you like!   I like the Cretan stitch.  It layers well.  And it can be embellished in so many ways.  Two of my favorite books show some possibilities.  I bought Judith Baker Montano’s Elegant Stitches and Linda Causee’s An Encyclopedia of Crazy Quilt Stitches and Motifs some 15 years ago when I started dabbling in crazy quilting.  Other sources of inspiration and education include, to mention just a few:

But back to my Cretan stitch sample.  As I said in an earlier post, I’m letting the passing year’s events dictate color and how I will use the stitches in the challenge.  Right now I am in Mississippi, about 30 minutes from New Orleans.  Carnival has began on Twelfth Night or the Feast of the Epiphany.  It will end at the close of the Tuesday before Lent, called Fat Tuesday or “Mardi Gras.”  It is important to know this is not a New Orleans thing, but a cultural thing tied into the Catholic and other Christian calendars, linked back to when the French ruled this part of the US.  Truth be told it goes back way beyond that, too!

There are three colors associated with Mardi Gras:  Gold (or yellow), Purple, and Green.  The gold stands for wealth, purple stands for justice, and green stands for health.  The fleur de lis is a popular symbol which basically represents a lily.

The Gentle Art Sampler Thread: orange marmalade

Just yummy!

So, I used these colors to create a Mardi Gras or Carnival band on my TAST sampler.  I used an layered and stacked cretan stitch in DMC cotton #552 and #561 for the cretan stitches.  I filled the center area with a row of double knot stitches (aka Palestrina stitch) in The Gentle Art overdyed cotton # 0580 (Orange Marmalade, my favorite orange/yellow).

I used the purple DMC to make mini fleurs des lis on the top of the banner with a lazy daisy stitch  (aka detached chain) and straight stitches.  Then I used amethyst, green, and gold 11° seed beads on the bottom of the banner to give the effect of swag.

TAST 2012 Week 4 Challenge

Laissez les bontemps roulez

So, what do you think?  Do you want this graphed out for you?  You have but to ask!