It’s a funny thing, motivation. It seems to come and go, depending on the chaos of life, your energy level, your time and maybe even the state of your workspace. I’ve had several weeks here where I feel like I haven’t sewn a single thing, and it’s odd to me. There are a lot of things being juggled right now, but I have plently of time to spend in my studio. Why then, do I come upstairs, look around, and not feel like working on a single one of my projects?
I have quilts, shirts and dresses in the works and an unheard of number of supplies to play with. I can’t seem to find it in me to dive in though. I tried forcing it a little bit, and I finally finished Rob’s shirt from Christmas, just to get it off my table and into our closet. There are overdue baby gifts stacked up, patterns asking to be cut and plenty of fabric that is prewashed and ready to go.
This usually happens to me about once a year, and this year it’s caught me when I have a lot of work I should be doing. I want to find the energy to pick up and get going again, but I can’t always remember how I re-energized myself the year before. What do you do to find inspiration to dive back in to your projects?
This isn’t the same thing for me as feeling overwhelmed with options. I’ve written about that before, and how I think a fabric stash can stifle your creativity. This is about finding the inspiration and energy to get going again after taking a break; to find the joy again in cutting, stitching and sewing until late into the night.
Many times for me, I have to completely step away from working. No computer, limited time on my phone, and no sketching or picking through my fabric bins helps me to miss it. I’ll get an itch in my brain to create something and I make it sit there and simmer. Often times, once I sketch something in a notebook, it disappears from my head. It’s as if my brain lets the idea go once it’s on paper, because now I don’t have to try to remember it, to think of the pocket details or the way the neckline will fall.
I don’t like the lapse though. I feel sluggish and frustrated with myself. I don’t want to take a sewing break, and I don’t want to take a blogging break, but I can’t seem to get myself back in the game. Is it better to force yourself to sew in these situations? Is it the habit of sewing daily something that I need to re-establish?
I picked up a book at the library today that I’m really looking forward to reading. It’s The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. I believe that I saw somewhere that Sarai from Colette Patterns was reading it, and it sounded like an applicable title for what I need right now. I’ll let you know if it gives me any insights into motivation and keeping up creative practices. So far, the first chapter is proving to be right on target.
Even writing this has started up the idea of beginning again…