Well for me, the change in temperature here earlier in the week was a welcome relief. Over the past two days, we have been back up in the low thirties, but we are all ‘fanned-up’ here and ready for it this time!

It is lovely to sit down each evening or catch up during the day with all your doodling achievements. I think there are three main points that have stood out to me this week.

  1. You are all learning what type of doodles you find easier and which are a bit harder.
  2. I can see that you are challenging the things your hands feel they don’t want to do and pushing yourselves a little more to try those more difficult things.
  3. You are all liking and disliking different doodles – there is no one doodle that you all like.

When a sewing machine gets involved, this learning gets all mixed up with the sound of the machine going (as fast as your heart), the thread selection (which needs to be perfect), wondering if the needle is sharp and if the bobbin is in correctly etc. Somebody even told me once that if I used my left foot for free motion it was easier. Instead of laughing, for a number of months, I fully believed that this could be the key! Looking back it makes me laugh out loud, but I really was willing to try anything.

Doodling with pen and paper strips this all back to just you – your hand and your brain. In addition, by concentrating on the doodles you are able to learn a bit more about yourself and your brain before you go near a sewing machine and I am able to see just how diverse you all are in what you like and enjoy. I think it would be useful for you to do a 5-second review of each doodle so far and make a note on each page as to if you liked it or not and if you found it hard, or not.  The ones you liked and found easy will be the ones you will be likely to have the most success with when you sew them, the ones you liked but found hard are ones for you doodle more of before you use them on your precious pieces. The ones you didn’t like you can use as a reference you can go back to – you may warm up to them in the future.

Today’s video shows me sewing up this week. I have changed threads and speeded up bits to make it more watchable. There is NO NEED for you to do the sewing, but if you do, then I would love to see it on the Challenge Facebook group.

Tomorrow, I’ll do a quick ‘live’ on the Challenge Facebook group in the afternoon to draw the winner out of the hat…. and I’ll also show you and post pictures of the prizes for week 3. Week 3 builds on what we have achieved so far, buts adds in some twists on it, then week 4 will focus on designs especially useful in borders.  In week 5 we go back to all over patterns again and then in week 6, we will do some very easy feathering which I think will get you well on the way to understanding one particular method that I think is easiest to get immediate success when trying feathers.

Enjoy the video…. and once again – thanks for taking part 🙂