In between the daily routines and sewing up the Amy Butler HST’s, I’ve been busy with English Paper Piecing. As summer starts to heat up, I find these little addictive bits to be the perfect sort of handwork. My current problem is having multiple EPP projects going at the same time. I’ve been working on these Kaffe hexies for a while. The stack is slowly growing.But that didn’t stop me from grabbing some jewel papers and a bit of my Anna Maria stash. I love the fussy cut jewels in Anna’s Aloe Vera print from her latest collection, Pretty Potent. I’ve already managed to add the next round and cut some small pieces for a fun edge. One of my sisters was by the other day. On seeing my Kaffe hexies, she had a lot of questions. After explaining the process, she responded that I obviously have too much time on my hands. Which is crazy thinking. I have the same 24 hours in a day as everyone else. For those of us who are drawn to hand work, filling the moments with peaceful stitching is part therapy, part meditation. It isn’t that we’re bored and so choose tedious busy work over relaxation. We just find satisfaction in the process and are content to wait a little while to see our labors grow into a finished piece. It’s impossible to explain to the uninitiated. It must be experienced to be understood.
You may not be into EPP, but if you’re a regular reader here there’s a high probability you find your therapy in some form of creative endeavor. I’m curious. What is it that draws you in and makes you sneak away for moments of sanity?