Friday, January 16, 2009


What did we do with those piles of thread? We experimented and played with it. We captured the thread and packed it down in layers. What I did was process this. I thread played. I didn't finish anything, I played. I had a great time.

As a child I know I didn't get enough time to play in a play room. I didn't get enough freedom to play. Those comments aren't an indictment (yep, my mom reads this). They are a fact of my personality and my role in our family. As an "adult" (I use that term loosely) I play so much more now. I don't get all wrung out over finishing things as finishing doesn't make me nearly as happy as discovering.

I think that is why I so loved the work that I do. I get to see so many people who are in all stages of creating. The fun is in the process. The product is usually an expression of the freeing process of creating. My favorite gifts are those quilts and garments and home decorating that brought me a good deal of joy to create. However, I often need a deadline to finish things...maybe it is the wedding coming up or the baby coming or the show coming up. I think I often don't finish things in a timely manner because I am the kid who just wants to keep playing outside while the sun is setting. I just don't want to come inside even to have supper!

So, while it sounds like I missed out on playing when I was a kid, I think I get to play every day. I love it. We say SEW INSPIRED at Pine Needles. My blog title Jill Inspired expresses what I hope for my life work. I want to inspire you. For the store, I want to be the place that inspires you to sew. We have done a good job if we inspire you! And what better happiness can one derive from from their playtime than to know that you inspire someone else to enjoy the child inside of them.

Enjoy the work of the thread artist, Cathy Franks . She is the great inspiration that came to Kaye England's College with us and taught us how to mess with thread. And...yes, they let us use a razor to shred the thread! It was fun. Will you see a coming class on it? Sure. Ashley and I have been brainstorming how we can make this work for you. But remember to put your play shoes on to come out and play with us. (Do you remember your play coat and your play shoes?) Perhaps you should have play clothes for when you go to sew. Perhaps you should adopt a play time when you go to your sewing room. If you can't do this for yourself, I will be the mom that authorizes you to go and play and not to have to finish. I also give you permission to not have to clean up your play area. While there is a time to clean up and sort out, some of you don't need to do it every day.

As the mom of five kids, I started off with putting their toys away every day. I also thought I would not raise responsible people unless I taught them to tidy up every day and to sort their things out. Funny thing is that having five kids, you learn that your sanity is at stake when you start thinking like this. One of my kids favorite winter past-times was making a tent that covered our whole family room and encompassed the dining room. While it was easy for me to remember when they did this, I now am reminded by them that I let them leave the tent up for many days at a time. We even juggled the dining room around so that we could still eat as a family and not disturb their tent. They also tell how we would set places at the table for their imaginary friends. This is the kind of playing we all deserve. We all deserve to play with total abandon and to have friends who encourage healthy play times. If we are happy and healthy in our play, our worlds are less stressed. We don't take things so seriously as to drain our creativity.

It is bitter winter in the midwest....time to play and set up your tent and burrow in!

All the BEST to you, jill

1 comment:

NancyB said...

I grew up in a house where play was only allowed if it didn't create messes or noise - not something that led to creativity in general. So as an adult I sometimes swing the pendulum all the way to the other extreme, where I have discovered that disorganization can also have a negative impact on creativity. I have expressed most of my creative side in a lifetime of journals, my most prized possessions. Learning some sort of balance can be a struggle for those of us who lean toward the asymmetrical in our hearts.

Thank you for all that you do to help people love themselves, believe in themselves,and discover meaning in themselves in creative ways. You were truly born to do what you do, and do so well.

Blessings on you,
Nancy B.