Somehow I expect that's a terrible metaphor.
But for the past few years, every year I have added a new, craft or skill or interest. And it's come to me that there are still layers or layers of ways to explore, learn and develop in that studio of mine already. Just in the quilting area alone, there are tons of things I can (and do want) to learn to do. I want to learn to use the embroidery stitches on my sewing machine, to learn how to free motion quilt. I want to make an art quilt, and practice making a landscape quilt.
|My machine has all these things and more and oh, the things I could do with them!|
Never mind just regular sewing, the fact that I have pastels never used, two kinds of watercolors, oils, acrylics, watercolor pencils, and assorted papers and brushes. And that's just the art supplies. I have knitting supplies and skills never practiced a mini loom never used-heck the list goes on. I have a whole set of essential oils and other supplies given to me. I've made two natural products as Christmas gifts. I've never even researched their properties, what each is best for, or any of the other things I have wanted to do.
|Yes, both pan and tube watercolors, most unused!|
|See how pristine most of those brushes look>|
I am a dabbler, a flit here and flit there kind of person, and someone who never met a new thing she didn't want to try. While I'm not going to ignore that as such, I am going to try and move that natural habit more in the direction of deeper exploration of the things I already have and do. I have downloaded Great Courses unfinished. I also have boxes of really old family memorabilia and photos to search through and document-while this may not exactly meet the challenge, it meets the spirit and I'm going to learn a great deal along the way!
|Yep, they have quilting magazines in German as well!|
I'm a very basic knitter, for whom there are so many skills and tools and methods to be learned. I'm going to research those various cast on stitches, learn to make cables and yes, maybe learn to crochet as well. I'm gonna learn everything I can about those essential oils and their healing properties. Instead of learning to can, I'm going to learn more freezer recipes and try new and frugal slow cooker recipes. And read all those free low cost books I've downloaded from various websites that are sitting on my kindle, be they books of fiction or cookbooks.
I'll let ya know how it goes.