Feathering Fridays: the urge of the muse… 

The peacock has been swamped with meetings and planning and listening sessions and guiding and praying and advocating…..it’s time for a creative break!

Two lovely opportunities have arisen to fill this need: a Spoonflower Design Challenge and a Mood Fabric design challenge.

Regarding Spoonflower—if you sew and are not familiar with this incredible fabric design factory, get thee to its website NOW! Spoonflower.com is a place to submit a fabric design and have it printed in half-yard or more increments—it is the textile version of print on demand we’ve known in the book world for a while now. You can find almost anything in the way of prints on this site, and can purchase, on demand, woven, knit and performance fabrics. Additionally, you may buy, print or design patterns as wallpaper and giftwrap! Think upholstery and workout clothing; home dec and red-carpet gowns! I was turned on to this site by a friend and have fallen in love with the concept. I do have 12 designs in my design lab, but they are not ready for sale at this time. However, I have submitted a couple for various design challenges. These challenge opportunities are a great way to urge the muse out of hiding and to see how my work compares with other thinking.  The current challenge is all about mandalas.  I look forward to creating something to “hand in.”

The other design contest is through Mood Fabrics. I am a great fan of Mood and have visited online frequently and in person twice. [The live experience was like being the proverbial kid in a candy shop…] I am just recently aware of their textile design contests, and actually wonder if it is in response to Spoonflower. Just wondering.

Mood is putting out a floral design competition via Instagram. I wish to try my hand at this one as well. If nothing else, it keeps the creative juices flowing!

Additionally, I am finishing a submission for a large group mosaic of 6” x 6” canvasses that our Parish—Our Lady of Lourdes in Milwaukee Wisconsin—is hosting. I am so proud to say that it is being run by our Art Guild—how many churches have one of those???

If that is not enough, on the docket is a lovely spring suit and blouse, and a weaving project.

Did I mention we are entering Lent next week? The craziest time of the church year for those of us in parish ministry? And, we are transitioning with 2 key ministers? Yikes!! The creative endeavors shall not only ground my sanity, but will fill me spiritually as I connect with the Creator…

Ok—find your muse and get creating!


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I am a fabric artist and a professional minister in the Catholic Church. I am married for 40+ years to a most fabulous man. We have 4 adult children, 2 daughter-in-laws ( who we also consider to our children!) and 4 grandbabies. I love to weave, paint silk, sew and design garments for myself; bead, read, write and color. I am also a spiritual Companion/Director and have a special place in my soul for women who are healing and in need of healing from trauma and abuse. I love coffee, quiet reflective prayer time at my kitchen table and long walks to breathe in the Holy Spirit. I would like to learn how to spin yarn and will someday create a spun, hand dyed/painted, beaded, woven fabulous garment of peace!

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