How I write a NeedleWorkMonday post

Today I want to sew. I want to sew so badly, so that I pondered the whole morning how I can avoid writing this post. Shame on me.

Usually on Monday mornings I stand up, do a bit of sports (no fear, really tiny amount, like 3 minutes) then I drink my tea and have breakfast. After this I always notice that I forgot to update my photos from the week and plug in my phone so that it can work silently in the background. This seldom works smoothly and so it is accompanied by a lot of brutal German swear-words. (Imagine me with light blond hair, which is pinned into an immaculate braided hairdo, wearing a dirndl shouting commands alternately at my phone and router. Works wonders … I can only recommend this method for getting your devices to obey.) After this Adrenalin rush, I am awake enough to write the #needleworkmonday post. Funnily I do this standing – I am much more creative standing than sitting – and as I do not have an adjustable desk, I put my tablet on the toaster for writing. Don’t laugh, works for me.

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The writing itself is like a frenzy. I start, I write, I am done. I do not correct my text during writing, I do not stop for snacks or drinking (but constantly dream of coffee as the coffee is in the cupboard under the toaster and I can smell it) and I do not censor my thoughts. Interestingly this writing process mostly results in the same length text. Perhaps my attention span is roughly 1000 words long? Or is my creativity tied to a certain word per minute ratio? Fascinating topic (yawn) I will not research now, as I still have this sewing drive. So, the Monday… after writing the post in one go, I then must work on the photos which I (hopefully) have made the days before.

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If you ever wondered… I make my photos mostly in front of our kitchen window 😀 We have white paper blinds which help to avoid harsh shadows but also let in enough light to take a nice photo of my knitting, sewing or crochet projects. The one downside is, the cupboard is too small to drape for example a dress and I do not have one of these empty designer kitchens. Means I must move things away for the photo session and I am a bit limited in perspectives (I guess you do not want to see apples and nectarines on every craft photo, or do you?)

Photos taken, I have to change their format, cut them and then decide which of these photos are presentable and will hide my flaws (and naturally the flaws of my craft projects :-DDD). And although I write about this step in a light tone, I find it always worth some thoughts. I want to be honest on my blog and be a role model for showing aspects of my appearance which are in my eyes not beautiful, like my double chin, or my sway back, or my big thighs, my wrinkles and and and… This is in no way a judgment about how other bodies should look, I am only writing about mine. So, I want to give you photos which I personally don’t always find beautiful. But I also want to have a blog which is frequented (yes, fame please!!!) and conventionally „beautiful“ is a big attraction to get attention online (in no way could I ever be „beautiful“ but you know, a bit of light here, a bit of smoothing there, add a nice filter and the right perspective and you have a completely different appearance). Dilemma. Also, I always must be aware that I may make myself vulnerable by giving to much uncovered truth. Grave thoughts at a Monday morning… (beware may contain irony).


These creatures are all screaming because of my ugly photo

Just because I am curious: How do you like photos? Do you want to see polished images or do you prefer them more natural?

Photos finished, I correct my text and upload all on @peakd The last touches are inserting the links, resources and photos on the platform. Tada #needleworkmonday post is finished. If I have prepared everything beforehand (projects and photos) I roughly need half a day of working (4 hours) to get it online, excluding the ages of tireless work on the actual needlework projects 😀


By now you have an idea how my Monday mornings usually go, but today… sigh… I want to sew, not to write!!!!! Last week I have shown you my half-finished Eden dress and as the weather is warmer and perfect for it, I need to get it finished. I already have attached the skirt, but the neckline and the seams are still waiting for me. I honestly wanted to tell you today about the fitting process and show you some nice photos of me wearing it. But I did not get it done. Sorry.
So, here are some unfiltered photos of me trying the fit of the dress. But I will not write more about it till I finish it for real.

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Before and after photo of the shortened dress-body

Thank you @crosheille for iniciating and @muscara@shanibeer@marblely for hosting the #needleworkmonday. If you want to see more beautiful projects with yarn, fabric and most of all needles, follow @needleworkmonday on hive blog. Or even better grab your needles and keyboard and join the #needleworkmonday community. You can read more comments on this post on my hive blog

If this is not enough, you can find my post on Handmade on Tuesday and read even more about knitting and sewing, but beware most post are in German.

For all who like a bit of puzzling: @romeskie is hosting a crochet mystery. Visit her wonderful blog and get thinking…

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