Last week, I suggested we all embark on creative challenges and take up something (big or small) that will be both challenging and fulfilling. So I decided to take the creative journey challenge myself and do something different this year.
I’ve entitled the challenge I’m embarking on as “Stitch The Sketch”. I’m challenging myself to draw on fabric (using my sewing machine and thread), sketches I originally drew with pencil. Not only that, I’m going to create one video each week showing me thread sketching.
And oh man, did I not bite off a mouthful? Not only do I have to work on the sketch itself but I also have to figure out video equipment, video composition and editing. The learning curve was really steep. It took me 5 times as much time to put it all together than I’d initially anticipated. Very often, I ask myself -“what was I thinking when I decided to start this?”.
I won’t lie to you, there came a time this week when I almost gave up. Just after I’d figured out issues with shooting the video, my sewing machine also decided to start acting up. So after wasting time on the video equipment , now here I was dealing with stitch quality issues. Will this girl ever get a break? I did!!! and I learned some new digital skills along the way.
The first video is finally up. Wo hoo! I’m super excited to share it with you. It’s not perfect but … The pursuit of perfection leads to incomplete projects, remember? So I went ahead and published it. “Stitch the Sketch” is surely going to be a very exciting journey.
Go check it out. In this first video, I use my sewing machine needle as a pencil to draw a simple sketch of a person’s fist. I’ll post the videos weekly and I’ll also aggregate all the “Stitch the Sketch” videos on this page to make them easy for you to find.
I hope you’re also taking up some creative challenges. As you can tell from my story, you may face some difficulties along the way, but keep working through them and you’ll make headway. You know how very much I love to hear your comments, and questions. I can’t wait to hear your feedback about Stitch the Sketch and about your own personal creative challenge.