I made my first art teddy! Hooray!
I was so excited when I both 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 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's the point. It was arrogant to think I can create anything perfect for the first time. At this moment, I successfully turned a fantastic adventure of making into an unpleasant chore I have to do. So I put everything away for six months!
I finally found the courage and finished the teddy in 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, how to approach a new project with less anxiety, etc.
It sounds like I already should 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 of 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. 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."