#reverb10: try

Prompt: Try. What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it?

Reverb10 prompt from Kaileen Elise


I can’t believe it. For the first time in a long time I’m going to be able to write this while there’s still a shred of daylight. Confetti is flying.

And anyway, it’s an easy thing for me to answer. I’m going to try sewing next year, and I’m at least going to make an envelope-style cover for the Poang that has become the cat’s chair. I know that this is basically one big rectangle, and even I won’t be able to screw it up too badly. When I try new things, it’s good for me not to attempt something huge and complicated that will discourage me. Yes, I am four.

I’m going to pick up a used sewing machine and try. I took sewing in junior high and made one pillow and one amoeba-shaped stuffed toy. I have forgotten everything about sewing machines since then. I don’t have any great desire to make my own clothes or anything like that, but I have wanted to cover that terrible chair pad for a very long time. It’s disgraceful that I haven’t done it by now.

I’m hindered a bit by fear of failure. My father-in-law was a tailor, and he tried to teach me once. That didn’t work well. My husband also knows his way around a sewing machine, mainly because his father was a tailor and he grew up around them. And I’m hindered in another way because I hate to do things and suck at them. Heather here is a seamstress extraordinaire and several posts feature her gorgeous work. I’m not aiming that high. 

I have terrible hand-eye coordination. I always got poor scores from teachers on things like coloring and scissor-using, and I can’t draw to save my life. When I had to draw something on a board my students would laugh until they cried. When I do something creative, I have to do things that don’t give my wild, untalented hands too much freedom. I need a little regimentation, a little structure. I need rules. Sewing might be a decent fit. It’s worth a try.