A Doll, Unhurried

Fleur is taking shape, and getting ready to face the world.

face

I am trying not to rush her along, but to savour the process.

I am trying not to “busy” my own life away, but to savour the process and enjoy the moments.

For me, sewing and craft is not about the finished object, but about loving the process. Hence I am trying not to pressure myself to finish things. “Must finish this, so I can share it on my blog”. No siree.

In the spirit of this, I am happy to share the process. To share the baby steps along the way. What’s the hurry? Why the pressure?

Slowly, slowly. Enjoying the process.

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20 thoughts on “A Doll, Unhurried

  1. textileshed says:

    But how can you possibly be so very patient??? I need to have a brown paper bag handy before finishing a big project… hyperventilating… there is no zen ‘being in the moment’ for me whatsoever, I just want to cross the finishing line and – start something else. Lucky you! Welcome to our world, Fleur!

    • vivjm says:

      I think I may have learned the hard way…whenever I’ve rushed to finish something or got impatient with what I’m making, is always when I mess it up, and I regret it. I sew for pleasure and I try not to focus on getting stuff done, just on enjoying the doing. I think some people work best under pressure. I’m not one of them!! Or maybe I’m just a slowcoach šŸ˜‰

  2. sewingforfun says:

    You are so right, and the fact that you have the ability to do this is wonderful šŸ™‚ A good example to all of us šŸ™‚

  3. annjrippin says:

    I really admire you for this approach. I love finishing things and dolls are great because you start to see their personality as they get close to completion. Fleur looks lovely btw.

    • vivjm says:

      Thank you. Yes, I am enjoying the way the doll’s personality gradually surfaces, stitch by stitch. I think this doll making could prove to be “my thing”!

  4. I can think of no greater zen than the zen of sewing. Thank you for making beautiful things in the spirit of beautiful calm…I love Fleur! Sharon

  5. p.s. and I should take up sewing!!! šŸ˜€

  6. She has such a lovely face – very calming. Process always much more interesting to me that the end result too. :o)

    • vivjm says:

      Thanks! I am sure we are not the only ones as interested in the process as the end result. Whenever I go to art or textile exhibitions, I am always thrilled to see sketchbooks & preliminary works displayed as well as the “finished” article.

  7. Gjeometry says:

    I love her cute little face that you embroidered.

  8. There is something amazing about the process…like a runner’s high. For me, it’s a sewer’s bliss.

  9. Andria says:

    She has such a sweet face. Of course, I know exactly what you are talking about, with “must finish so I can share on my blog.” I seriously need to get away from that, and will do my very best to follow your example to savor the process of making what I am making.

  10. painterswife says:

    Maybe it’s a doll making thing – I’m doing the same slow-down-and-enjoy thing with mine, and I am normally the most impatient sewist on the planet. Maybe those dolls can’t can’t be rushed?

    • vivjm says:

      I think you could have something there. Perhaps it’s because you’re not just sewing a “thing” but a personality?

      • painterswife says:

        Yes, maybe. I remember when I was small I thought everything had a personality even colours (ie, red was jealous of pink and always mean to it, because pink was pretty). The wardrobe was secretive, and the bins were greedy. Am over that now (mostly) but it does persist as far as dolls and ‘made’ creatures go. It’s such a shame I can’t afford therapy!

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