Doodling v Drawing
Let's just clear one thing up.
Doodling is not the same thing as formally drawing.
A doodle is a drawing made while a person's attention is otherwise occupied. So, if I sit down and focus on just drawing, then that is a drawing. To be a doodle I am drawing, but not really thinking about it.
Doodling has a bad reputation
Now - when I was in school, doodling was severely frowned upon as being a waste of time , or even worse, proof that you were not concentrating. How wrong they were!!! Recent studies by Professor Jackie Andrade, of the School of Psychology at the University of Plymouth have come to my rescue and give scientific proof (obviously the best kind) that doodling is NOT the product of a wandering mind, but, in fact, the complete opposite! Doodling is not my mind 'daydreaming' but rather a way to force it to stay focussed on the present.
In fact, much like chocolate and red wine, doodling has benefits. Who knew?
So what, exactly, are these benefits?
Doodles and Quilting
Which brings me on to my latest project: Doodle Birds. I am actually revisiting a technique which I tried out about 5 years ago, early on in my ventures into Free Motion Quilting. I decided I wanted to get better at FMQ - and there is nothing like a bit of practice to see improvements. It all began with a doodled bird.................... and this is where I have ended up.
It takes time and patience to create a Doodle Bird, but it has improved my FMQ enormously. If you think you would like improve your FMQ then why not give one a try? I will be teaching a workshop at Midsomer Quilting in Somerset on 14th November, but why wait? Get out a pen and some scrap paper, phone a friend and go for it! What have you got to lose?
For more info on the workshop click here.
A great gift for a quilter?
Yes, I know. It is silly. But silly things make me laugh.
This is my 'quilt-tin'. It is so useful that I keep one in my handbag, so wherever I am, when I have time on my hands, I have something nice to keep me occupied.
As it is small and self contained it is also perfect for travel - so if you are on a train, plane in the car or on the bus, you can pull it out and get going on a little project!
I made it from bits and bobs I already have - or scraps I found in my recycling bin.
I am planning some big travel over the next few weeks and months - so my quilt-tins will be coming in very handy. I will blog some pictures of them on my travels soon!
I can recommend making up a portable little sewing kit if you don't already have one - keep it small and neat and I am sure you will be surprised at how often you can use it. They also make great gifts for quilting friends!
Thanks for reading.