Monday, March 21, 2016

When what you make doesn't feel so great.

I've been thinking about finishing today. Perhaps that is because I just cut a big piece off the loom last night and it feels pretty good to have the weaving part of it done.

This Ira Glass quote turned into a 2 minute video came across my desktop today and I thought I should share it with you. Ira talks about what happens when you begin. How when you start making things and you're learning a new skill, what you make isn't that good. It is easy to get discouraged and give up. But people don't fail because they aren't good at something. They fail because they stop trying.

So if you're weaving your first set of tapestries and you aren't all that happy with what is coming off your loom, keep trying! Give yourself some credit for working at it. The practice will pay off. Notice what you love about the piece even if it is something as small as a specific color or yarn choice. Notice that thing you like and write it down. Use that bit of information in the next iteration.

And then start again. Because you'll only get better by practicing.

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  1. What a wonderful post for the first of Spring and new beginnings. I purposely finished and mounted several of my first tapestries both for the practice of finishing and mounting and for the satisfaction of completion (not my strong suit). They hang on the walls in our house alongside some professional artwork. I look at these tapestries and appreciate them knowing the skill set I had at the time. I consider them a road map of my tapestry journey.

  2. CONGRATULATIONS on finishing, Rebecca! That must feel great. And thanks so much for this encouraging video. I am right in that gap Ira talks about between where my skills currently are and where I want them to be. Onward!

  3. Wow, that was timely! Thanks, Rebecca.

    ps. when are you going to turn over that tapestry?

    1. Took it off last night. I think it is okay but it needs a lot of cleaning up before it is photo-worthy.

  4. Great reminder! Thanks Rebecca.

  5. I have seen this Ira Glass piece before and it is great! I can't wait to see the front of your tapestry too.

  6. thanks for sharing this... it is great!


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