Creative Brain Walls and Broken Focus

In the last month or so, I hit a wall when it came to the picture book I’m writing/illustrating. Sometimes the best thing to do in that case is to walk away. I read some books, I took out some embroidery patterns I wanted to finish and found an old knitting pattern I forgot about. It’s a pumpkin! I’ll have to share it when it’s all done.

My mother bought this book by Jessica Long called Animal Embroidery Workbook. There are loads of great patterns in there. I find embroidery to be incredibly relaxing. Here are a couple of the patterns from her book that I had a chance to take on.

The otters are in her book, but she also had them available as a kit from her etsy shop. It was really lovely to have all the materials together and not have to hunt them down myself.

I have a couple ideas for embroidery patterns to make for myself now, which I’m having fun working on, but I know that I’m also ready to get back to drawing and writing again.

Next month, I’ll be traveling. I’m very excited and nervous about it. My focus is all over the place and I find unless you’re talking to me about the joys of travel-sized things, I am probably lost in thought, thinking about if I really need to pack those cookies.

(Yes, yes I do)

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