I made my first art teddy! Hooray!
I was so excited when I bought an art teddy bear pattern from Tamara Chernova @lorlila_teddy. I printed the tutorial and the template, transferred the body parts into the fabric, cut them out and started to sew. Then, I stopped. My stitches were terrible and I began to worry that this teddy would not be perfect, so "what was the point?" I asked myself.
It was arrogant to think I could create anything perfectly the first time and it led to turning a fantastic adventure of making into an unpleasant chore I have to do. So I put everything away for six months.
I finally picked up the project after so long. This time I finished the teddy in only four evenings. This time I was not expecting great results and was concentrating more on the process and practice. I learned a lot about the art of sewing teddies, artistic ego, fear of failing, patience, freedom to experiment, acceptance that things will suck for the first time, and how to approach a new project with less anxiety.
It sounds like I should already know this, but growth is a spiral rather than a straight line. We learn the same stuff repeatedly, but each time with a little more wisdom and knowledge about our craft and ourselves.
I started my artistic journey pretty late in life, so I guess I am trying to make up for the "lost" time. Of course, I wish to create everything beautiful straight away and fast, but it doesn't work like that.
I hope my experience will help you as well!
Have a great & creative day!
"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."