Missing: SewJo

It’s all too easy for my SewJo (Sewing Mojo) to just up and leave me in the lurch. I currently have 7 projects running with no real deadlines between them. But I can’t just leave things all over the place. I can’t even sit in my comfy chair because the painted sky of my Tree of Life is draped over it (not dramatically, just that the paint doesn’t seem to like being creased). If you follow my Instagram you’ll notice I just finished my Bookcase miniature quilt. A feat that has only been in the works for a year…. and it only measures 12″ x 12″.

So how do you get it back? Well, you should probably look at why you stopped.

  • Did you lose the love for the project you are in the middle of?
  • Did life get in the way?
  • Have you run out of projects?

Safe to say that you probably didn’t run out of projects but it’s a thought. Maybe you just finished something and have no immediate idea to get started on. However life is probably the main reason. For me, life (not just my 9to5 job or my Guide unit) gets between me and lengthy bouts at the sewing machine. So sometimes I don’t even bother trying and that can turn into months. I didn’t sew a stitch for nearly 2 months. I have even longer breaks between blog spots. Then I made myself finish the mini Bookcase because it was the closest to being finished. Which brings me to this post. How do you get started again?

First of all you have not, I repeat, NOT lost the love for the craft. It’s just in a lesser strength than usual.

So it’s just a case of getting out of that ‘not doing’ rut you have found yourself in. I don’t have a quick fix because in the same way that you realised that you haven’t picked a needle or pencil for weeks, you won’t suddenly find that insatiable need to create everything return in an instant.

What you can do –

  • Take a class – learn a new or different skill
  • Try something different – pick up a paintbrush or pencil for a change
  • Ditch the machine for hand sewing, or machine sew a block
  • Don’t spend too long on Pinterest (it’s not going to bring back your sewing mojo, in fact it may make it worse as you look at projects and you fall down a rabbit hole off not doing)
  • Keep reading magazines and books, visiting shows and museums, going outside… You never know where your inspiration will strike.

If none of these work, then simply give it time. The love isn’t gone and you will return to your craft. Mine always comes back. Yours will too.

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” — Albert Einstein

The Important Thing About Equipment 

I’ll let you into a secret….. You don’t need the most expensive gear to get a result. Really. I’m currently breaking in a replacement pair of walking boots. Cost £35. Okay, they wouldn’t be enough if I was going to the Antarctic but I’m not. They need to survive a bit of rain and probably a couple of muddy camps and they will do that. If I properly take up Munro bagging (that habit of all good mountaineers where it’s a proper challenge to climb every Munro height [over 3000 feet] molehill in Scotland [there’s 282 of them]) then yes I will invest in something maybe a little more robust.

The same is true about sewing. I started with remnants of fabrics and hand sewing. Now I have 2 machines and a stash of fabrics. When the west of America was still wild, women would make their quilts with fabrics to hand, some bought in for the purpose but also seed bags or feed sacks. I’m not kidding – Google books If they can do it so can you. Please don’t be fooled or put off by the amount of gear people have. Some of my most useful items are cheap or not even made with sewing in mind at all, like my squared jotter for creating the layouts of quilts. 

Believe in yourself and try.