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Errrrr…asking for help.

For the past few days, I’ve been struggling with developing an idea for a recycled book workshop. While choosing the materials was easy, the structure had me stumped.

So I did what I usually do when faced with a stressful situation – I avoid it and hit the computer. Then a light bulb went off – ask for help.

I am not good at asking for help.

Rather than ask for help, I will flail in the following endless loop of ick:

  • Work in studio for 10 minutes.
  • Realize that I’m not getting anywhere.
  • Throw hissy fit.
  • Hit the computer for an hour.
  • Feel bad about myself for not being in the studio.
  • Return to the studio.

For whatever reason, I was finally inspired to ask for help. I tweeted.

Struggling with what book form to use for my recycled book class…don’t want to do Coptic…any ideas? I have a 3-hour class.

Help came. It was just the kick in the pants I needed. Off to the studio I went. I was finally able to produce a prototype for my workshop.

Recycled book - pocket accordion

The cover design was inspired by this book by Dennis Yuen. It’s made of woven strips of envelope security patterns. The pockets contain smaller books, also made of recycled materials. I plan to teach a few different bindings for the smaller books.

And I’m still getting help – @evilrooster is helping me figure out a tie closure for the book (I didn’t think about that before I glued it together).

So what have I learned from this experience? Well, apparently I have to learn long stitch. But most importantly, I received validation for messing around on the internet. 🙂

2 Responses to “Errrrr…asking for help.”

By Esther - 27 January 2010 Reply

Looks like a fun class. I love the idea of books inside of a book.

By Dennis - 28 January 2010 Reply

I am glad that it all worked out and glad that I could of some help. Long stitch has so many variations, but I think the simplest, straight-shot without any link stitches might be the easiest for students? http://cailun.info/index.php?/archives/329-Rustic-and-underconstructed.html

Your students will have so much fun!

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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