Do you have cutting anxiety?

Do you put off a project because of what reader Rosemary calls “cutting anxiety”? What do you do when you’re excited about the project, but you just can’t bring yourself to cut that fabric? What is cutting anxiety really about, and how can you fix it? Let’s look at both the deeper issue and a simple hack to help take the edge off the fear when you’re looking at that gorgeous expanse of perfect...

When did you last make something for yourself?

There comes a point in the life of every seamstress when you find yourself continually making things for other people – friends, family, clients – and somehow, projects for yourself fall by the wayside. You may even tell yourself that sewing for yourself is selfish, or just not worthwhile. How do you tackle that brain weasel and make it back down long enough to get the joy out of your sewing that you got into it for? Here are a couple of...

How to return to a “decent output” after illness

Sometimes life happens… and sometimes life completely knocks you sideways. If you’ve been sick, or had an operation or major setback, what happens when you need to get back to normal… but you also need to make sure you’re healing...

How to be your own best friend on meltdown days

Confession: you’re not the only one who has bad days. It’s a creative Thing, they say. An “artistic temperament” has your mood cycling up and down – one minute you’re inspired and creative and you’re going to change the world, and the next minute you’re despairing and can’t seem to tie your own shoelaces. Now, an aside: if you’re having serious mental health difficulties, of COURSE you must seek professional assistance and get the help you need, and I encourage you to do so. Please, please take care of yourself. But what about the rest of us? Of course you can lean on your friends when times are truly hard, but you might not want to rely on them to rescue you every single time you wobble. What if you’re just frustrated by the standard size emotional rollercoaster, and you want to get off it in a self-sufficient way without bothering others with your artistic flail-a-thon every other day? Here’s what I do to manage most of the hard days – and it’s ridiculously simple....