Focus and Impatience

Can you multi-task? I struggle with it. Sometimes as a working mum it's unavoidable, but I find it so much more mentally exhausting than focusing on one job at a time. 

Over the last few weeks I've been trying to sew in the kitchen so that I can build up a stock of scoured and mordanted cloth to further my plant dye experiments.  I've been using my old hand-crank singer to sew strips from my scraps bin. I've enjoyed the pace to the work, but it feels like a self-indulgent project now term time has started again.

 Block for a summer shade curtain.

Block for a summer shade curtain.

I have plans for making some simple 'shopper' style bags from more of my workshop scraps to take to my next event. I keep going to look at the piles of colour-organised squares, as if it'll suddenly be the moment to start making them.

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Heavier weight fabrics being selected for shopper bag.

As I've really missed my workshop setup while I've been working in the kitchen, I think I'll have to plan my days so I can alternate product development with my dyeing work.

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My small pile of scoured linens needs to grow, but you can see I get impatient and start cooking up dyes to use them straight away.

How organised do you like to be? I would love to feel as if I'm going with the flow of life, allowing the materials and work more space, but I know that at the moment this makes me feel panicky and self-doubting, and I achieve a lot less over the weeks.