This year I thought I was organized! I thought I would have the hallowe'en panels ready in plenty of time for any hallowe'en stitching and the little caravan, putting up the tree and new lavender girl kits all ready with no mad late nights working and rushing. But then fate stepped in. I love the linen sampler for feeling witchy but I have had to stitch her with my magnifying lamp and a little imagination as her lines were just too fine for the linen. The writing was too bold on the 'my little caravan' panel when the sample arrived. The 'putting up the tree' panel was a little too small. And finally I had forgotten to put the stripes on the lavender girl's top!
I was so disappointed after telling customers that 'yes' I would have a hallowe'en sampler in September, 'yes' I will have a Christmas sampler very soon... After a cup of tea I reminded myself that the point of samples is to iron out the little problems, I want the panels to be as good as they possibly can be.
So I reordered the hallowe'en sampler on cotton instead of linen, I reordered the little caravan with lighter writing, I reordered a bigger Christmas tree and I put the stripes on the lavender girls and reordered them too.
I'm really hoping I have learned the lesson of patience but I'm not too sure, we'll see the next time.
And there are some positive results from all this waiting time... I have had time to begin rough ideas for new work and a new kit. I have been improving my Adobe illustrator skills so that I can create a kitty kit with colour printed onto the fabric! Something I find quite exciting. I have no doubt I may need a few samples before this one is perfect but I will have to continue developing my patience.
And there has been time to be inspired by beautiful children's books, colours of threads, autumnal coastal walks to Mousehole and fairy tales read aloud.
I hope you are enjoying the beginnings of whichever season you are entering into and feeling calm and patient.