Standing

 Love the moment and the energy of the moment will spread beyond all boundaries.
-Corita Kent

I was working in my sewing room (studio, work room, woman cave, paradise, prison, creative heaven, creative hell… it is all of this and more!) .  I was squaring up some units and I snapped a couple of photos to illustrate something I talk about in my classes all the time. You probably know this but I’m going to show you something anyway. Why? Well because I’m tired of talking about being busy and how stressful Market preparations can be. I’ll save that for later. When I’m even busier, more tired and more cranky.

Ok, so when you are cutting DO YOU STAND? OR DO YOU SIT? When you are cutting small segments (aka sub cutting) DO YOU STAND? OR DO YOU SIT? When you are squaring up blocks (please tell me you square up units and  blocks) DO YOU STAND OR DO YOU SIT? Here are a couple of photos I took of the process with some comments from my peanut gallery (studio, workroom, blah blah blah.)

EXHIBIT A: Photo taken of a half square triangle I was about to square up. Photo taken while sitting. See the shadow of my head (I’m a girl that really knows how to take a great photo).

 Exhibit B: Photo taken when STANDING...over the same unit.

Do you see the difference in PERSPECTIVE of the said unit?In Exhibit A the half square triangle looks rectangular, even tho it is closer in appearance. In Exhibit B the unit looks completely  SQUARE!  Standing makes a huge difference in PERSPECTIVE. This is why artists use EASELS. It is all about the perspective of the view of your piece. Good perspective = Accuracy.


Ok so maybe you can’t stand for lengths of time. Try this, get a tall stool and prop the BUM on the stool and pull up to a lower table..At lease you will be OVER YOUR CUTTING and not at an angle. Standing is preferred but this is better than sitting low in a chair.


Believe it or not this can also apply to the sewing machine. (calm down, I’m not saying that we should stand at the sewing machine.) I do think it is helpful to sit as high as possible and pull that machine as close to you as you can. My friend Debbie actually sits on a stool at her sewing machine and looks down on her work. I should do this as I have more padding, (you know where), than Debbie does and could probably be quite comfortable. (I’ll get back to you on that).


Class dismissed..Time for  RECESS.