Sunday, October 22, 2006

Make It Work

What a great philosophy for life and needlepoint.

I am addicted to Project Runway. I can watch it over and over. Most of the reality shows don't do it for me. I never saw the point of Survivor and we won't even discuss American Idol. Project Runway brings together some amazingly talented designers. Each week they manage to work a miracle in very little time and with typically no preplanning. They follow their hearts and the advice of the show's mentor, Tim Gund - Make it Work. Sometimes making it work is a struggle and other times all it takes is a good look at the product and the answer is clear.

There are times in needlepoint where I think a little more of that "Make it Work" philosophy could come in handy. We tend to take it all so seriously, We should take it seriously. This is our art.

But we shouldn't take it SO seriously that we lose the joy in it or the willingness to experiment.

Step back and look at the piece you are working on. What does it tell you? Is it going in the direction you want or has the piece become predictable. I like to experiment and try different things. Different threads, stitches, techniques. Sometimes, they work, sometimes they don't. Either way, I challenge myself to "Make it Work" move on and learn from the experiment.

I think perhaps I will adopt more of the - Make it Work philosophy and see where it takes me in life.

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