Where does inspiration come from? Do you see a pattern and want to work it? Does a particular stitch make your fingers itch? Do you want a particular silhouette and hack patterns to create the garment you want? Often while I’m working on something I enjoy, alternate versions or companion pieces occur to me. This is how I ended up making 7 Washi dresses/tops. When an apron was needed and a dress wasn’t they came together. Lately, my learning projects have inspired me in ways I would not have expected. While working the Rosewood Manor Bargello Sampler, I am discovering that carpal tunnel makes working two handed to use the laying tool isn’t something I like. The patterns are beautiful though, and I am reminded of a chair seat pattern I saw in a magazine once and sort of want to stitch it. Mostly though, as Algerian eye stitches form beneath the needle, pulling holes in the cloth, I want to sew. I want to put eye stitches in purple linen, or black and to see that linen become a dress. As I think about those eye stitches shadow work calls to be the long considered nightgown or purse panel. My hands begin to ache while translating yet another motif and I long for the grapevine tablecloth with it’s simple stitches and changes and it’s ability to be worked in hand. The labors of love call whether I will learn from them or not, whether they will be more or less beautiful. Being held back by required work helps inspire me to reinvest myself in ongoing projects.