Have you ever been in the Needlework Doldrums? Doldrums are a time of low spirits, or, in water-talk, an area where there’s either no wind (so you can’t sail at all), or there’s a finicky wind (so you still can’t sail at all). The Needlework Doldrums, in my ‘umble opinion, can be a combination of all of the above!
First of all, there’s the Low Spirits Needlework Doldrums: These can spring from a number of circumstances. First of all, there are those times when nothing you do needlework-wise satisfies you. When any project begun doesn’t measure up to what you thought it would be…. When your normal excitement over having a few minutes to stitch in the evening before bed turns into a sort of Uncharacteristically Mournful Hum-drumness. (*Sigh*)
The Low Spirits Needlework Doldrums can also come from the simple fact that you’re dying to do something – you’ve got your heart set on the project and all the different angles bouncing around in your head, just waiting to burst forth in Creative Activity —- but…. you can’t get to it, because you’re inhibited by some other responsibility or some physical shortcoming (such as house space!) And so you slip into Uncharacterstically Mournful Hum-drumness.
Then there’s the No Wind Needlework Doldrums: You have a lot of plans, and a lot of needlework that needs to get underway (and actually get finished!), but, because of your Uncharacterstically Mournful Hum-drumness, your sails are flat, and you just can’t make yourself drag everything out to start another project. So, to assuage your guilty conscience, you slip into the….
Finicky Needlework Doldrums: You pick up this little project or that little project, just to have “something” to do with your hands – after all, needlework is a habit – but you abandon each little project as soon as you pick it up, thinking that you’d rather try This Thing or That Thing, or This Technique or That Technique, because, in your Uncharacteristically Mournful Hum-drumness, nothing satisfies. But you feel compelled to keep searching, to keep going forward, to keep trying to break through – knowing without a doubt that Something is Out There that will reignite the flame!!!
All three Doldrums are intrinsically related… My first approach to overcoming them and setting sail in the direction I want to go is to reorganize (or, in some cases, to re-reorganize!)…
Have you ever been in the Doldrums? If you have, how do you Get Out??