Using the Inventory of Ideas

Pleasure arrived this week in the form of using what I know.  I anticipate hitting the finish line on several projects soon.

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I have cut with these scissors for over 4 decades. I trust my capabilities when I use them. I began my library of figures nearly 2 decades ago and have added four new figures this year. Familiar tool, familiar forms, but a fresh design.

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Brown couched cord creates a clear image, but is warmer than black.  A photograph of this choice from several years ago eliminated thinking about yarn color.  Of course, I did remember to refer to the photograph.

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Hand painted and printed fabric appear in woven strips and leaf shapes.  Now that I have a larger stash of my own fabrics, I readily use them with tried and true techniques and patterns.

 

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Good Tools

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I listen and observe when artisans speak about the tools in their hands.  Passion infects the speech.  The tool is clearly an extension of the hand.

The hair stylist demonstrated scissors that rotate with her hand, reducing the chances of injury.  The gardener quickly cut tree branches with a lopper that has gears, not a spring.  He proudly explains it was a gift from his brother.  “Best gift, ever,” he declares.

My friend watches me snip around the appliqué shapes.  “Aren’t you afraid you will cut those threads?”  I hold up these scissors and smile, “Expertise, and good tools.”