I heard a voice coach speaking on the radio a while ago, explaining how the vocal cords are just like any other muscle. They need to be kept in shape with regular exercise. I mention that not only to justify my regular use of my own vocal cords (!) but to apply the same principle to the many other skills we acquire but then fail to keep exercised.
I use my sewing machine regularly. It’s always out, always threaded up and ready to sew. I switch it on and off I go. But I’ll admit, it’s quite some time since I used the embroidery unit and so when I saw this blog entry I thought, yes, that’s me. I wouldn’t go as far as to say I’m intimidated by my embroidery machine but I will admit to being a bit rusty and the idea of something quick and easy seemed a good way of spending an hour this morning.
I downloaded the free design (only free for a limited time) and evidenced my rustiness immediately. Just which file format do I need to load onto the usb? Thankfully, like many such things, once I gave it some thought, it all came back to me and soon, my machine was purring away.
I did have to consult the book to check the bobbin threading pattern for embroidery, mind you. I knew where the thread should go, just couldn’t seem to get it there (and working with black thread didn’t make it any easier).
Then came the colouring in bit. I used my watercolour pencils which probably weren’t the best choice – I’d probably have done better to follow the advice in the blog post and use wax crayons instead. But by the time I got to that bit I was irritated. (I know, it doesn’t take much!)
Are you into “adult colouring books”? If so, don’t tell me. I don’t want to know! In return I won’t ask you why you haven’t got something better to do…
What irritated me was “Outlining shapes with a darker color and working your way in is good practice. It allows you to add depth and layer colors as your inspired to.” Well, apart from the weird English of the second sentence, I wanted to ask “says who?” Just who is setting rules for colouring in, please? “Good practice”? Good grief.
So, I leave you with a fine example of very bad practice. Not only did I not outline shapes with a darker colour and work my way in, I also overdid the water spray and the colours ran. I never was much good at colouring anyway.
Maybe I need some training?