The same thing happens with my sewing groove. I don't remember misplacing it, but somehow it's just not there anymore. Maybe I should check the lost and found.
The Steps I Take to Find my Groove
1. Give yourself permission to take a break
Usually when I loose my groove I stop sewing for a little while, but I feel guilty about it. There is no reason for that. Sewing is my hobby, not my job. I don't owe it to anybody to sit down and sew every day.
According to ProBlogger, creative minds crave rest. So take a break and let your mind rest. Whether you need a day a week or a month is up to you and nobody else.
2. Read all about it, but not to much
If you are a sewing blogger, you most likely have an email inbox or RSS feed that is overflowing with blog posts to read and comment on. I am sure that they are 100% worth the effort, but they can wait. At the moment you are on a sewing vacation, so pick out a list of your top 5 blogs to read daily. The ones that you look forward to the most. These are your pleasure reading blogs. For me they are:
Coletterie - It's like hanging out with a sewing mentor
Sews and Bows - She shares my love of sewing doll clothes and incredibly friendly
Melly Sews - Tons of inspiration and tutorials
Simple Simon and Co - Great to read, excellent writing style. It's like having a laid back conversation with a friend about sewing, and mothering, and life in general.
Karen Mom of Three Craft Blog - More doll clothes and crafts. All things doll related
3. Clear away the clutter
There is nothing I hate more than cleaning my house. I can't think of anything worse. But it is a proven fact that a creative mind can't function as well in a cluttered environment. Spend a day decluttering your creative space. Even a small improvement in clutter can give you a big boost in creativity.
4. Find the perfect jump start project
Your criteria for a perfect jump start project will most likely be different than mine, but there are a few things that will work well for most people.
- Fun and not to frustrating
- Include a new skill (new experiences cause the brain to create dopamine)
- Something that you want to make and not something that you were asked to make
- Can be completed in less than a day and provide instant gratification
A few more criteria that are specific to me
- No fitting required
- Includes hand sewing
- Small enough to fit in a bag and take with me
This time I chose to make a travel sewing kit from Sew for Home. I just loved how well it fit with all of my criteria, and it was something just for me, so I didn't worry about imperfections. In fact I think imperfections add character to this project.
How do you find your sewing groove when it gets lost?