There's something I have been meaning to tell you about myself which is both embarrassing and annoying. For reasons that aren't immediately clear, I have a fear of undertaking any project which involves a significant amount of fabric. Has anyone noticed that all the little things I make are just that - little?
It's not like there's any shortage of bigger pieces, in fact my craft cave is bursting with them. In the past two weeks alone I have bought 2m of this and a metre and a half of this for no real reason, they've just been added to the stash.
I think my reluctance to apply a blade to a big, beautiful piece of material is due to a crisis of confidence. I mean, what if I chop in the wrong place or measure wrong or muck up the pattern match? I would be furious with myself, so I think I avoid that possibility by only cutting tiny pieces and therefore avoiding any crimes against craft.
The single biggest things I have ever created using my sewing machine are curtains, but even then it was sometimes under the guidance of my mum the first few times and then slowly and carefully after that.
I have to get over it. I really do. I'd really like (at some future, undetermined date) to make a patchwork duvet cover using large contrasting squares. I think my sewing skills are up to it - after all I can sew straight and around a corner, but I just need a little confidence before I get to all that cutting and pinning. At least with knitting you can just undo if you make a mistake. Once fabric is cut, it's cut. Even aprons, which are simple, have escaped me so far.
I just need to take a deep breath and do it. Right? Am I the only one who suffers on the confidence front? Who else has avoided starting something for fear of getting it wrong?
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