Horse Blanket

horsesI must say I’m really pleased with how this came out.

If you remember, the design literally arrived fully formed in my head and so all I had to do was make it.

There was no agonising involved.

I just worked through every step methodically.

And every step just flowed smoothly.

It was a complete pleasure from beginning to end.





The words are a lovely little horsey poem:

Up the hill hurry me not

Down the hill worry me not

On the level spare me not

In the stable forget me not.

I love it when a design comes together and really flows without a hitch.

I am always extra pleased with the results too.

They seem lighter somehow.



I wonder if anyone else can tell the difference between the designs that were really struggled with and those that just flowed?

I can certainly see it and even feel it in my own work.

The pieces seem to absorb the creative process somehow and I can never look at them without remembering how I felt at the time.


I’m struggling (if playing with fabric can be called that) a bit with another design and I doubt I will ever be as happy with it as I am of this horse blanket.

But is that because the new design is weaker or just because I had to work harder at it?


10 Responses to “Horse Blanket”

  1. Judith S Says:
    March 27th, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Janet everything you do looks pretty d—- good to me!

  2. Dee Says:
    March 27th, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    All of your work looks exquisite, with a charm that makes it your own – thats the common thread I see in your work, its unique charm.


  3. tammy Says:
    March 27th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    the blanket is perfect. just perfect.

  4. island sweet Says:
    March 27th, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    absolutely gorgeous. it’s as if the blanket already existed (in another state) and you just had to assemble it. almost like a gift…

  5. Jenna Says:
    March 27th, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Great excecution of a great idea. I’m sure you will always remember what fun it was to make. You’ve raised a good question about the design process. I’ve been inspired by some ideas, put some things aside for awhile, and pushed through the road blocks on other things. I don’t have enough experience, though, to know which way gets the best results. I do think that the ideas that “flow” end up showing through in the end result.

  6. francesca Says:
    March 28th, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    what a gorgeous blanket. i know what you mean about those ideas, i sometimes have them while i’m drifting off to sleep and i have to jot them down or they definitely won’t still be there in the morning!

    wonderful patchwork stool too.

  7. Nanette Says:
    March 28th, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Janet Clare you are so amazing. You never fail to inspire me.

  8. mary burns Says:
    April 4th, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Janet Clare, I love your horse blanket…it is beautifully done! I too believe that ideas that flow, those projects end up to be a “gift” to our creative process. However, the projects that don’t, the ideas that need just a little more effort and when they turn out… not just the way we wanted them to, they are the true “art work”, because they are not perfect in the true definition of the word, BUT to the artist, you get somehow much more satisfaction out of them, because of their imperfections or maybe despite them. Maybe it is because we put more of ourselves into them or maybe because they are “not perfect”, we can relate more to them…

    Great foot stool – really Beautiful!!

    Hugs, Mary
    love your blog, keep up the Great work!

  9. 48 Says:
    April 22nd, 2008 at 10:02 pm

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  10. thevintagemagpie Says:
    May 6th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    This is beautiful… what a wonderful idea.

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