I had in my mind that I wasn’t going to write another blog post for a couple of weeks but after writing my post on Tuesday about tips for sketching and receiving the responses that I have I just had to get these thoughts out and share them with you all.
Because one of the main responses I have had to my last post is a resounding ‘yes’. Yes to feeling fearful about creating original sketches. Yes to being afraid to get those patterns of our imagination out there. Yes to the fear of not being good enough and so not creating anything to begin with. For every person that has contacted me to tell me about the designs that have just never come to be because of this fear I have felt the frustration grow inside of me as I have heard about each uncreated dream.
For every person I have spoken too I have urged them to squelch those fears in whatever way they can because the world needs our creativity. The stitching community really does want those beautiful designs. Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and thought ‘ugh, no! Not another lovely cross stitch pattern, who needs one of those?!’ No! Of course not! Because every design that every designer bravely puts out into the world brings us such joy. We just want more of it. And if you have designs inside of you then you are part of that. We need your creativity. We need your imagination. We really, really want to see it.
After all, only you can create what you have inside your mind. That is your idea, that has been given to you and no one else has it. If you don’t create it, it will never exist. It is as simple as that. So, lovely friends and stitchers, please put pencil to paper, please create whatever it is you have within you to create.
Of course there is my pattern design course, and that is where all this thinking came from, but it doesn’t have to be that. Whatever you want to create and whatever means you have to do it, just get it out there. We’ve had a really rough ride of it the last few months and the world needs more beauty, more creativity and more joy so please bring it if you have it within you. We can’t wait to see it.