We are on day 15! That finishes 3 pages and a new page starts tomorrow. You can see lot’s of pages on instagram and the group in stitch club is really remarkable.
These are my first three pages. I’ve still got today’s 15 minutes to do on the third – bottom right above. This is my third year challenging myself in this way and I’m finding the same pattern appears. In the first three days I create a problem for myself (compositional problem) and on the 4th and 5th days I work on solving it. I love this kind of thinking.
My pages are not always abstract but that doesn’t seem to make a difference in this rhythm. And I don’t always succeed. Last year I found thinking of the pages in pairs helped immensely. I loved having a second chance at compositions by treating 2 pages as one image/idea. And I mostly did not work on them consecutively – having some percolation time in between was key.
Stitch Club member Heather Smith said this about the challenge:
FIVE THINGS I LEARNED FROM THE 100 DAY STITCH BOOK
I wrote this while getting ready for this year’s challenge and reflecting on my creative accomplishments from last year.
1- With community support I CAN do something every day for 100 days. (or 98 days or whatever was close enough to count).
2- Working 15 minutes a day on a part of a project is quite a different challenge than making a little finished piece of art every day. So much more do-able than those kinds of challenges.
3- Letting go of overthink. It’s ok to start without knowing exactly where the art is going to take you. This was a HUGE change for me, unlocking years of being Afraid To Start.
4- Ideas like company. If you put a few of them together they make more ideas. It’s like propagating plants. And if you put those ideas in one place they become your own thesaurus of ideas, little seed starts for later.
5- A middle aged craft lady in motion (really) does tend to stay in motion – Ann Wood. This momentum has kept building and helped create a nearly daily practice.
I love everything Heather has to say – and seeing this process work for people is satisfying and motivating. 15 minutes a day matters. Find Heather’s instagram page here – there’s lots to see.
“The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.”
There are so many ways to approach making this book and growing creatively through that effort. Working in an improvisational way is challenging and so worth the effort.
When you start without knowing where you’re headed you create space for ideas, for possibilities and happy accidents. You observe and listen and connect. There is no failure, only information.
daily practice matters
It keeps the wheels turning and the machinery well oiled. The minute you do something, take some action, a feedback loop begins. You get information. Begin, listen and respond. It makes you ask the second question and the third and the fourth etc. etc. that will lead you to new places, lead you deeper into your imagination and your magic.
A couple notes :
Is it too late to join/start?
Nope – you can choose to start whenever you like. Catch up with the schedule or work with your own start and end date. There is nothing you need to join – stitch club membership is optional. To participate please read this page carefully and follow the link at the end to the tutorial for making the pages and book.
Is it free to participate?
It is. You can choose to support the project with a donation here.
Are there daily prompts
Nope- the daily stitching is self directed.
Will you do it again?
Hopefully – this time next year.