While working on my projects, both knitting and sewing, I am aware at how much I love the slow process that is crafting. There is no reason to rush to the end and every reason to enjoy the process. I love to become lost in the flow of of the process and to let the love of the art take over.
When sewing my Alabama Chanin market bag I have had times of being completely unaware of what is happening around me. It started with pinning the two pieces of fabric together, working from the center out. The next step is to cut the thread and to "love the thread", and then, needle the thread. After my needle is loaded with a properly loved thread, I start stitching from the inside of the design to the outer edges. You might be able to tell by this photo, I am almost through this part of the process. The next step will be to cut the fabric to allow a red layer to show in the petals. If you would like to know more about the Alabama Chanin process I recommend looking through the AC Journal. Here's a video on "loving your thread".
Every step of this process is "fun", enjoyable, and each step is part of the journey of creating my market bag. By purchasing a kit, I gave over part of the process to the AC factory. They stenciled the design, cut the fabric, and labeled each piece of the bag. I was happy to have them simplify my process and allow me to do what I thought would be most enjoyable. Even though, I'm not very far into my first AC project, I'm dreaming about what my next project will be.
After reading Ann Shayne's post about her adventure with AC (and a trip to India), I may add a few beads just to see what that process is like. Besides, every life can use a little "bling", right Vicki?