Over the past month I've been challenged to stretch myself. After using the pattern from Skunk Hollow for my little rabbit, I decided I needed to make smaller critters and make items that actually have 'form' instead of the simplicity that I have been making for so long.
I had discovered Ann Wood and her delightful small animal patterns. I set forth using her squirrel pattern, but reforming it as a mouse. The pattern involved two gussets and much maneuvering of fabric and thread. Drawing the pattern, pinning, basting and then stitching these very small pieces together became a challenge. I began with a series of nine, which quickly shrunk to six, then three. As I started to assemble the last remaining members of this 'family' I realized that I was NOT pleased with them -- too many small errors which loomed large in my eyes.
I have learned much about myself from this misadventure! I give myself kudos for trying to make these little 3" mice. It was a good experience. However with my aging eyes and not-so-nimble fingers I've learned a valuable lesson. At this point in my life, being true to myself is far more important than challenging myself. An interesting thing to learn.
"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties." - Erich Fromm