I have many hobbies some of which are:
- Sewing (mostly clothing, some home goods, and small stuffed dolls)
- Quilting (a specific type of sewing)
- Cutting Cabochons (for use in my metal work)
- And of course being a silversmith
Over the past years I have set a few aside because lost interest or other hobbies became more important to me.
I have not sewn a quilt in over 5 years but I have a list that is very long of ones I want to make when I get more free time (read that as RETIRE).
The tole painting I gave up due to lack of interest, my busy work schedule and new hobbies I liked more.
I started knitting so I had something else to do when I was traveling for work. Now I mostly knit when I watch TV and yet I can set it aside for months at a time and still come back to it when the mood pushes me that way.
When I stopped traveling over 7 years ago, I started to weave as a way to make specialty fabric blocks to add to my sewing. I then made scarves, towels, rugs, place mats and such. If it is fiber related, I most likely do it. But spinning not so much as it does not keep my brain occupied.
I then set weaving aside because I tore my right rotator cuff and could not weave for over a year. After I went to Haystack 3 years ago, I took up weaving again. This came about because I stopped working in metal (due to the cardiac issue I developed) I spent an entire year of Saturdays weaving at the Barn (insert link) and as my cardiac issue got under control, the metal came back into my life. I went to the barn to weave on Saturdays for almost 2 years.
Sometime last year, I cut back my time at the barn and only went every other weekend but would be there on a Saturday and a Sunday when there was a big event at the museum.
On (most) Saturdays and Sundays when I was not weaving, I was working on my skills as a silversmith. This was either taking a class or workshop or making a practice piece to learn a technique or refine a design or a small commissioned item.
But now, the time has come to focus on one thing.
And it is with a sad heart, I now set aside or take a long pause from going to the weaving barn (wait! don't fret I can still weave at home!) The time has come for me to focus my energies on becoming a better Silversmith, and thus these extra days that I would have spent weaving will allow me to not only take my skills to a new level but to finally start making items to sell online.
I will miss everyone at the Barn and if I am in the area I will swing by for a visit.
I have certainly learn a lot about weaving and have even done some weaving using silver wire and none of this would have been possible without the barn and the other volunteers there.
Don't worry, the Fiber Fiesta is on my calendar for next year.