Back from vacation, and not feeling as motivated as I usually am. Year after year, I find myself wishing I would use my talents more to feather our nest. I finally came to the not-so-welcome realization that the first step is not making stuff, it's purging stuff. And I can't seem to summon the drive to tackle that, even when I break it into baby steps. I remember my friend Beth used to have an ongoing schedule of decluttering one room per month, every month, month after month. What's your plan? Nothing motivates me like a great idea!
To that end, I am going to share peeks into my Idea Journal over the next few posts. My Idea Journal is where I record all my creative ideas until I have time to actually create them.
Many Idea Journal entries never see the light of day, but this one I accomplished by bringing it to soccer a few days this summer:
The letters are freehand painted on the front (nature) and the back (nurture). A second, smaller, layer of green was placed behind the letters before I outlined them with buttonhole thread.
I trimmed the green closely around the stitching, then assembled the shirt by handsewing with two rows of stitching. (Raglan sleeves are perfect for this technique.) I then clipped out the inside of the letters on the top layer, revealing the green beneath ("reverse applique").