Investigating new materials necessitates a thoughtful exploration of what works and what does not. And that is exactly what this little woolen pouch became for me in the tiny free moments this week has offered. I have enough things that must get done each day, and having a source for play for maybe 10 minutes here or 20 there has been totally satisfying and just plain fun! Experimenting asks you to make creative choices based on intuition and allows for mistakes along the way. The red wool triangles that had felt (no pun intended) very geometric when I cut them out asked to be something. I turned them into arrow heads at the end of each tuck. The fact that one is a little wonky was just part of me learning how to work with such incredibly thick wool. No easy task. I tried out different widths for the tucks and decided that the thicker ones are my favorites. The thin ones are very tricky to keep even, and I may even rip out the stitches on that wiggly skinny one on the pouches flip side.
When I appliqued the red pieces to the front side, I enjoyed the red stitching on the reverse side, so I mimicked it on one of the arrows here.
I added a zipper so that this "play" could become functional, but discovered that although I've made unlined wool pouches in the past... not such a good idea with this thick stuff. No zipper snagging yet, but I'm positive there will be a stuck zipper issue in the not too faraway future. Live and learn. Experiment and discover.
Trying new things, while listening to my inner voice for guidance, has long been my approach... but these days I'm deepening this practice. I'm getting quieter so that I can better hear the answers. It's touching every facet of my life, not just wool pouches! Instead of waiting for New Year's to make my resolutions, I'm following my intuition and new goals are being achieved simply by living with ears to my heart, instead of lists on paper. I've long felt a shift taking place, but didn't put it into words until this morning's cup of tea. So obvious. So right.
Note: Just as I pushed the publish post button, a light bulb went on... arrows! I made arrows in multiple directions. Follow those heart red arrows! Intuitive choices are always significant,aren't they?