One Word with Jean: Dare

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Dare It

Dare can mean “to have the courage to do” or “to challenge someone to do.” Both imply fearless and, maybe a bit of recklessness. You wouldn’t think making a quilt or sewing a mug rug would take much daring, but creating anything does.

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The Double-Dog-Dare

This past week I visited friends in Michigan’s upper peninsula. Kathy is a pastel artist. I went up to attend a workshop and an “art play date.” Her husband, Matt, is a wood turner. I got a tour of his workshop the first day and an invitation to try it out. I spent an afternoon learning three of the five basic cuts and making the wood shavings pile up. It was a riot. Matt is usually a quiet man, but once he got talking about wood, burls, and how to cut, he carried me away with his enthusiasm.

On the lathe

On the lathe

The maple bowl, almost finished

The maple bowl, almost finished

A good day in the shop

A good day in the shop

He works with complete joy, knowing that if the piece breaks, implodes, or completely craps out, he can “throw it on the fire.” I came back ready to try anything (and everything).

Derring-Do

I made this month’s square chartreuse. I’ve never liked that color. Yet, colors are only tools and I try to use all the tools in my box. I made a simple log cabin pattern frame. I ended up liking it very much — maybe because I chose to use an outrageous tint of green, it’s hard to say.

Bright green can grown on a person

Bright green can grown on a person

Daring to use green

Daring to use green

Would I have liked it as much in the blue I almost always choose? Maybe. I like to think I dared to explore it, and that was surprising and exciting.

I Dare You To Make Something Unexpected

It takes chutzpah to put the work we’ve made out into the world because that piece feels like a bit of us and heaven knows, the world judges. I encourage you (and myself every day) to dare to make what you like, never mind what others think. Dare to try colors, fabric and techniques you usually don’t. Dare to use your voice. And say yes to anyone who offers you an adventure.

Dare One Word is in the store now

Dare One Word is in the store now

My Craft Table

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Here are some of the supplies I used for my Dare One Word square. Sadly, I am not expert enough to recommend safety visors and lathes, although I will say I’m partial to maple and cherry wood.