I’m relatively new to making dolls.
But with the risk of being immodest I’m quite good at it. I’ve taken to it like a duck to water. Sometimes the needle appears to be working under its own steam as if I am just an observer to what it creates.
So… it feels good. But getting started is hard. I fear this one isn’t going to be as good as the last one and a creative freeze descends. But I push through. And it thaws. Sometimes it takes me a couple of days. I try and put myself in the mind space of when the making feels like the most natural thing in the world and that autonomic needle can’t wait to create more stitches and bring a character, a little person in softie form, to life.
If I project myself into that feeling of positivity that exists at some point along the process, it helps me push through.
Luckily yesterday the thaw started and I was able to start some sketching.
This morning I’ve run amok with baking paper, tracing this, tracing that.
I could feel the fear but I traced it anyway.
It’s a confidence thing, as so many things are. Sometimes we just have to dig deep and find some confidence or just do it anyway. Just do it. That’s the thing.
I’ll keep you updated on the doll progress. I hope two little young softie ones will be materialised soon. I think they will be cute, but I will let go of the idea that they need to be the best ever and just make and see.
Do you get creative freeze?
What tricks do you use to bring on the thaw?