I remember someone asking me to teach them the basics of crocheting. At the time I could crochet straight lines - in other words a blanket or a scarf. And seriously? I'm not trying to make a dig - straight lines are great! They're the fundamental and foundational parts of everything that follows. You have to start somewhere. Soon after however, the very person who asked me to teach her how to do the basic crochet stitches was so well versed in crocheting that I quite honestly felt silly even crocheting in the same room as her. My crochet to her crochet was like a stick figure drawing next to a Picasso masterpiece. No joke.
Maybe that sounds silly. Just because you're not as good at something as someone else certainly does not mean you shouldn't do it. The real issue was that I just wasn't that into crocheting. I was "crafting" because I thought that's what I was supposed to do. The whole - "I'm a mom now, I need to be domestic. I need to cook and bake. I need to craft. I need to garden." That whole thought sequence had infested my brain like the plague.
In a conversation with my sister I said, "I just want to be able to make SOMETHING! I feel like everyone can make something awesome... except me." Wow. Talk about a first world problem right there! Eesh...
In all reality some people just aren't "crafty" in the mainstream sense of the word. They enjoy other things, like shopping, hiking, photography, running, reading, whatever... They create in other ways. Perhaps using their body in yoga. Maybe by singing. Other's enjoy baking. They might be the person who is featured in the "Nailed It" Pinterest memes (because they're admittedly not crafty) and they're ok with that.
There is a lot of value in creating - however that translates. The process of seeing something start small and end big - transform, well it's exciting. The knowledge that you're doing something you were created to do. I mean... that right there. We were created - He created us. We were created to create.
You have to find something you love, though. Something you really love.
It's ok to try on a couple hats before you find something you enjoy. It's good to experiment.
Back to where I was, I kind of gave up on crafting as hobby. I didn't want to spend money on yarn, or knitting needles, or glue, or material any more. But, there was still this part of me that yearned to make something beautiful.
Long story short, I am the mother of two daughters, soon to be three. I grew up reading and adoring books like Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables. My mom made me many dresses when I was young. And then, I noticed that every dress my oldest daughter put on was rather short. All these things led me to make her a dress.
I loved it.
As someone who likes to see quick results, dresses have been the perfect craft for me. I get to pick out beautiful fabric, I get to piece together something and catch a glimpse of it before it's complete, I am able to sew it albeit with mistakes, and best of all I get to see both of my little girls wear what I've made. I'm not sure there's anything better - at least for me, at least for right now.
We'll see where sewing takes me, but for now I'm enjoying this right here.
“When I say artist I mean the one who is building things … some with a brush – some with a shovel – some choose a pen.” ~Jackson Pollock