Old Dog


















I’m trying to spend a couple of my child free mornings just experimenting and playing with my sewing machine. It sounds easy doesn’t it? But, I’m finding it quite hard actually.

I usually sit down with a definite idea (for a teacosy say) and then make it. No risk.

Letting go and being prepared to throw a mornings work in the bin does not come naturally to me. But, I think it will be a very useful and free-ing exercise.

This machine drawing of our ancient dog Jessie was the only thing I kept from yesterdays’ efforts.

Jessie stands exactly like this and I was so pleased to have captured it.


10 Responses to “Old Dog”

  1. Ali Says:
    January 9th, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    I know what you mean. The child free time is so precious that I become ridiculously goal-oriented. But it’s fun to play. I should remember that.

  2. francesca Says:
    January 9th, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    this is so lovely. i love the sketchy quality.

  3. Nanette Says:
    January 9th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    You are such an artist. I love seeing your work. Its so inspiring.

  4. Kristy Says:
    January 9th, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    I hate things going wrong.It’s so easy to get demoralised rather than to learn from it.I am always telling my daughters not to give in to the frustration but I find it difficult myself!

  5. Megan Says:
    January 9th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    I recognise that fabric! Lovely.

  6. driftwood Says:
    January 9th, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    it’s lovely, keep experimenting!

  7. the vintage magpie Says:
    January 11th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Jessie looks like she has a wonderful character. Fantastic picture x

  8. bigbucketgirl Says:
    January 12th, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    That piece looks lovely! I have found an hour a week to just to ‘play’ with my scrap bins. paper, fabric etc.etc.etc..literally playing with anything but not expecting to make or finish anything. I think it makes my mind ‘think’ more about what could be explored further or even if its just colour combinations that i haven’t thought of before or ones that i know i just don’t like.
    My hour is not child free but he offers scraps like treasures and so i use them as he hands them to me!

  9. bigbucketgirl Says:
    January 12th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Oh! I forgot to say your comment on quiltwhileyoureahead about the dog shaking over the kitchen had me in stitches!

  10. aab Says:
    January 13th, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    your dog is awesome. illustrating with the sewing machine seems so difficult, especially with my lead foot. i’ve seen some cute work in a few of my magazines but i would prefer to hand stitch the pieces.

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