Well, the mojo isn’t there, but I’ve been trying! I’ve cut up mom’s clothes and have a total mess in the sewing room right now. Problem is that I walk in, see her clothes and get terribly sad. Working in the sewing room just isn’t going to happen at the moment. I’ve got to give it some time. However, I can’t just do nothing, it’s just not in my nature.
While I was in Ohio I needed something to do while helping to take care of mom. I couldn’t sew – with mom’s condition deteriorating rapidly I didn’t want to worry about her stepping on a pin or sticking her with a needle (she’d had enough of that!). I was perusing online one day and found Zentangles. I thought they’d be great to help to my quilting – learning new designs, creating quilt patterns, etc. I printed out several of the patterns they had free in their newsletters, and pulled out my sketchbook. I was hooked. I’ve never been able to doodle, and actually had to learn how to do it. Am I ever glad I did! It was SOOOOOOO easy!
Now I can create pictures – that someday may be turned into quilts! Here’s a few that have been created:
If you’re interested in seeing more, you can see them on my Flickr page under “Tangles”. There’s a great site, Tanglepatterns.com, that lists at least a hundred patterns and the links to them. You can also Google “Zentangles” to find thousands of Tangles to look at. There are some amazing ones out there.
I highly suggest giving it a go. All you need is a marker and a piece of paper. That’s it. It’s really pushed me artistically to see the way things are shaded, definition of shapes, and gives you a new way of looking at everyday things. Patterns are everywhere in your daily life.
I even created my Christmas card this year:
The saying will read:
This Holiday Season…
We remember and honor
those who are no longer with us,
and cherish those who are.
Let me know if you create any – I’d love to see them!!