Thursday, November 10, 2011


wool pouch
 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.
other 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? Pin It


  1. Maya, a beautiful pouch to match those beautiful words.

  2. The first thing I noticed was how all the arrows are facing out. I'm not sure I know the english term for it, but I think it's extrovert.

    And I love how many great things about you I 'see' in your work.

    The pouch is, of course, fabulous!

  3. I love that you saw something more in it, Diana. Thanks so much for your insight!

  4. Your project turned out good. Following your intuition brought you good results.

  5. love this post Maya. i too am deepening my own practice of following my intuition and my heart. loving those arrows
    Ginny x

  6. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [11 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  7. A lovely little pouch, and I love how you let your intuition lead you!

  8. Oh yes, follow them, but what to do when they really are going in different directions?

    Thank you. I might have needed this. Not today, though. Today I have to clean. I'm having a babysitter at my house for the first time ever tonight. Ack! So much to do! If I were to follow my heart today I would not be in a position to let someone else watch my kids in my own house!

  9. I love how you made the creative experiment functional! I like to do that as well! I figured that it would either be a bag or a pillow! ;o)
    Thanks for inspiring us today!
    I'm off to the first of the Christmas Craft Shows in our area for holiday inspiration! Fun!
    ~ joey ~

  10. I love the pouch! I have so many felted wool sweaters waiting for some creative inspiration! I would love to make pouches but find sewing the wool so very tricky!

  11. You always seem to write what I need to hear! Gonna go follow my arrows now...

  12. Pearls of wisdom! Thanks you. And the pouch is so lovely x