Welcome to 2019! This is the first vlog, video update of the year and it’s all about what’s been happening to me for the past few weeks during the holidays… and what crafty, fibre-y things I’m planning to do this year. I talk about Marie Kondo and her life-changing magic of tidying up and how it applies to my craft room attic, as well as what we did to my office space, and the massive new-to-me loom that has decided to live in our living room. This new year is bringing me all the weaving vibes, so I tell you… I’m going with the flow and that’s what I’ll be doing more of this year.
Also, I talk about our January content in the School of SweetGeorgia which is all about this new 9-month slow cloth challenge that I am embarking upon.
The Epic Cloth Challenge is a very personal challenge that I am going to undertake for myself this year that I warmly invite you to join me on.
It’s inspired by the “Slow Cloth October” or “Slow Fashion October” that happens every October. Every time October rolls around and people are talking about the things that they made which constitute Slow Cloth, I wish I had something to show, since slow cloth is exactly what we are doing here… dyeing fibre, spinning the yarn, knitting or weaving the fabric, all in order to make the final piece. The trouble is that doing all those steps takes significant time. It takes more time than there is in October. So I started to think about how I could start earlier in the year to make something that I could reflect on in October. The goal would not just be the finished object, but also learning that would happen along the way to that finished project.
Now how early do I want to start? Well, right now in January should give us enough time to something epic. It seems like a long time, but hear me out… as makers and creative people, we have lots of big ideas bumping around in our brains. Without applying focus, discipline, and practice to those big ideas, they may never be realized. I know it’s easier for me to spend my precious time knitting up small projects here and there — the low-hanging fruit — rather than tackling the big, scary, seemingly impossible dream project in my head.
So this Epic Cloth Challenge is really just about identifying your big learning or making goal, understanding why it’s meaningful to you and why you should devote time and energy to it, declaring your intention, and then doing it. Don’t worry, you won’t be alone. I’ll be doing it together with you. And I look forward to celebrating each win and milestone with you along the way.
If you’d like to join me, you can find the Epic Cloth workshop and workbook in the School of SweetGeorgia. You just have to sign up for a free account, which you can do here. AND, we’re also offering $20 off the cost of our full, annual all-access subscription to the School of SweetGeorgia from now until the end of January 2019… So check it out here »
PS. The scarf photo here… that’s another handwoven scarf that I made from handspun yarns during the holidays that I gifted to my mother-in-law and it gives me such immense joy that I can see these things I’ve made being delivered into the world.