Mme. Arthur Fontaine, Odilon Redon, 1901
It's been a while since I did any embroidery or sewing and I want to get back to it, but knitting and needlepoint in the shape of works-in-progress and others which are 'needle adjacent' seem always to take precedence.
I've just bought a charming book by the Japanese needlewoman and dedicated gardener Kazuko Aoki. The Embroidered Garden: Stitching Through the Seasons of a Flower Garden is full of small, adaptable projects based on delightful designs inspired by the author's well-tended garden, and I'd like to make use of them.
Having followed Claire Wellesley-Smith's blog for a while, I'm keen to read her new book Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art, a guide to "adopting a less-is-more approach" - which I could clearly do with ...
In view of the above, I'm interested to hear from the 'multi-craftual' among you: how do you fit it all in? Do you work on only one project at a time, from start to finish? Do you devote certain days (or seasons) to one craft over another? Do you do a little of everything so that there is some progress across all your work all the time? Do you just knit or stitch or sew as the mood takes you, without feeling overwhelmed, or that you're neglecting what's not in hand at that moment? Are you disciplined about not buying the supplies for a new project until you are free of other work and ready to start it?
I suspect Mme. Fontaine here was faithful to her embroidery - she certainly seems to display an appealing level of serenity and absorption in her work.