My friend Elizabeth has been turning me onto alot of new bloggers. Sewists that I don't normally read because hey, I just don't have the time to spend every waking minute on the internet...tho' some days it seems as if I do! *LOL*
What amazes and thrills me about this younger generation of bloggers (yes, younger generation since many of them could be my daughters!) is the excitement they have for the craft. It's like watching my own children learn how to walk again...that's what reading their blogs is like. And it's very, very comforting to me to know that my craft has not been forsaken but it is being enjoyed and carried on.
However, I read this post, "Becoming an Advanced Level Stitcher" on Tilly's blog, "Tilly and the Buttons" that was very interesting to me especially after these comments were left on my last dress post.
"I like the way you followed your experience and matched a knit to this pattern that suits you personally. It's a great lesson in studying fabric and determining whether it will work on one's body."
and Clio said:
"...And it makes me realize how there really is no substitute for experience when it comes to sewing..."
It made me realize that the one thing left out of Tilly's and her commenters equation was experience. Now please understand, I am not criticizing her blog post, the comments left or their enthusiam. I am adding my own spin to it. And my take on it is that enthusiam or passion for the craft is an awesome thing. Learning new techniques is wonderful but it's experience that truly takes you to the next level.
I am a huge Star Trek fan...and I love the Star Trek movies best. One of my favorite ones is Star Trek Insurrection...where the Enterprise crew goes to this planet where the people never seem to age and they live a life without technology. At one point Picard walks through the village talking to the leader of the village and he points out some quilts and weaving...stating how spectacular they are. The leader says that it was done by apprentices and she gives some figures on how many years you have to apprentice before you move to the next level.
All of that to say that I believe that it's techniques + talent + experience that takes you to the next level. Experience let's you know how to handle a situation that's not working for you. Experience is liking driving home from work, you know how to get there and what to do to detour if there is an accident on a street near your home. Experience is a sense memory...a developed muscle that assists you when you are lost. But most importantly, experience only comes from doing something repeatedly...from being in the same situation more than once...
So I think it's very encouraging that these new sewists (or stitchers as Tilly calls them - love that!) are developing lists of techniques to learn but don't forget that experience (the doing something over and over and over again) will also help get you to the next level and determine if you are an intermediate or advanced stitcher.
BTW, I only consider myself an intermediate and not an advanced stitcher yet and I've been doing this for 41 years...practically non-stop! *LOL*
...as always, more later