I get cross with crafty books sometimes. Actually, I get cross with the ‘stylists’ whose job it is to make handmade things look perfect. My crafty bits NEVER look like the photos I see.
(Come to think of it, my meals never look like the pics in food mags or books either!)
I love styling, and the look of things as much as the next person BUT I am a little afraid that the average Jo (or Joe) might never have a go or experience the joy of making something with their own hand, because they fear their work WON’T LOOK LIKE THE PICTURE!!
So what is the answer?
I believe it is looking at real examples of things people have made by hand.
Check out the handmade knitted jumpers in op shops, visit markets for a look at recycled and refashioned clothes, shop or browse online at
Etsy for inspiration, scour your relatives and friends homes and observe their handmade treasures. School fetes and festivals are also great places to see real-life, handmade things on show.
Real life beats perfectionism every time.
I’m reminded of the possible myth that Native American women purposely add a mistake into their weaving of threads and in basketry. One possible reason for this is the thinking that only the Gods create perfectly and acknowledges the necessity that anything man-made must be imperfect
The website SergeSew quotes some Quilting myths to give some idea of where this originated.
“This myth has various possible origins. One is from the Greek legend of Arachne the weaver. Another is found in Navajo weaving practices. Most likely the quilting version of this myth came from the belief that Amish and Mennonite women put a mistake in each quilt because only God is perfect therefore it would be prideful to make a perfect quilt. Though some purposeful mistakes may have been for religious reasons it appears for others it was more a matter of superstition. In reality all quilters make mistakes, it’s almost impossible to make a perfect quilt. As making a purposeful mistake was never a common practice a mistake found in an antique quilt is unlikely to be purposeful”.
Goes to show, we all make mistakes. Let us love our little imperfections and create some more!!!