How This Party Got Started

 

I was pregnant with our third child during the middle of winter in 2013 when I found myself in my first creative stand still in years. I'd spent the previous seven writing creative skills and project-based e-courses, contributing DIY's to various blogs, and filling our own home with handcrafted, thoughtfully designed wares (while working from home and raising our children) but I'd suddenly hit a wall. 

I decided I needed a new medium in my life to reintroduce a surge of creative excitement so I picked weaving. Our home was full of flat woven Turkish rugs and pillows so the influence was likely subconscious. I used the back of an old vintage dresser drawer that I'd found in an alley one day, nailed nails at the top and bottom, warped it haphazardly using twine and tapped into my Girl Scout training of how to make a pot holder to get started. 

It's crazy how a creative drought led me straight into one of my favorite mediums, which not only continued to feed my desire to create but steered my business in the direction of writing a book, traveling the country teaching workshops, collaborating with other craftsmen to design looms and tools to help fill the demand, and most recently discovering (and then teaching) the joys of natural plant dyes on textiles. 

Moral of the story... be sure to stay open to the things that come into your life, and make (and then protect) that room for doing creative things. It's valuable! And so, so fun. 

-Rachel

 
...be sure to stay open to the things that come into your life, and make (and then protect) that room for doing creative things.
— Rachel Denbow
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