08 March 2007

The Importance of Winning a Stitching Show

I learned a valuable lesson from Woodlawn. I did not win a ribbon, but I realized I don't need ribbons to affirm my talent. I have friends who care about me, who saw all the work that goes into things, that support my efforts. Which is not to say that I would have not been tickled with a ribbon, but, let's be honest, there is only so much you can do to improve your stitching. My stitching all faces the same direction, it's clean, I had it professionally framed and chose a challenging piece. I can't do any more than that. And if the judges didn't choose to reward it with a ribbon because it wasn't "perfect", oh well. There is nothing I can or would do better on it. And it's given people a lot of pleasure, plus I value the comments made by people I know or at least know of than judges I have no knowledge of.

Anyway, it was a nice day at the show. It was warm, and I met with Pat, Pam, Karen, and Bluedragon. Lots of fun!

1 comment:

A Needle Puller's Tale said...

You are right. You should not let it get you down. But did you think that possibly it may have been that the judges just did not like the design that much? Your stitching may have been perfect but design is very personal and subjective thing and you just may have not hit on what THEY like? Keep on with just doing what pleases you. You will never get bored with your hobby. You should be proud of the fact you were brave enough to put yourself out there. That in itself is very difficult!

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls