So today my desire to have some fun after a few weeks of "nose to the grindstone" work got the better of me! I found some of those unruly wool strips some affectionately call worms that lurk about the studio and drew up a spiral on some linen. It always makes me a little crazy that something like this huge pile of chaos......
......can actually be turned into something rather inspiring and organized.
Taking care of all the matters in daily life, trying to start and run a business, teaching others the joys of rug hooking while staying inspired myself has been sort of like this spiral. Whirling around and around sometimes at break-neck speed! Colorful and joyful. A journey that starts as something small and twirls into something bigger.
Sometimes I have to admit it feels a bit like the spiral is twirling out of control. Like being swept up in the tornado wondering where I will end up!
Hooking on this spiral today made my mind focus and helped me to look forward to what lies ahead. New students to inspire..... new designs and patterns to create..... a business with growing pains that needs lot of attention and time.
The key is to find some balance. Much like picking the right blend of neutrals, dark and light values in my spiral.
I'm reminded that the spiral eventually ends with a border that contains the design. Holding it all together. My hope is that the border is gentle, allowing me time for my own creative endeavors as well as keeping the business end of things going.
I'm glad I drew up this little design today. Thank-you Karen Kahle for the inspiration and for sharing your creative energy with all of us! I feel like I may be spiraling a little more in control because of it!