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Broomstick Lace

February 22, 2016
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Broomstick lace is one of the easiest yet most versatile crochet technique you will ever learn. Using a gigantic knitting needle (a ruler would also be a good substitute) and a crochet hook, you could create endless things such as a top, a cell phone case, an eyeglass case, and jewelry. It requires a basic knowledge of crochet. After that, the possibilities are endless.

Right now, I’m trying to create a beanie using this technique. I started out at an increase but I figured that it’s better to create it through decrease—I only have one needle available as I’m using the other needle for a different broomstick lace project—my first attempt to ever make a top.

It’s a lot less intimidating than it looks once you got a good grasp of it. It’s pretty simple and yet the design itself is beautiful. If you find yourself scared to use this technique, try a simple project such as a necklace or a bracelet. You might find it as enjoyable as I do.

Beautiful doesn’t always mean it’s complicated. Broomstick lace is a simple technique but it creates a very beautiful design. It’s not as ornate as Bruges lace but it’s simple and strong enough that you can make bags using this technique. Try it and see if you like it.


Making a Blanket

February 10, 2016
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It took me forever to make my first blanket. After all, I’m the type that would get fits of inspiration only to lose interest later on. It was always my dream to make an afghan but I’m always intimidated by it. Still, I’m determined to finish one even though I didn’t have a lot of time. With this desire, I decided that I would spend five minutes crocheting everyday. I had a pattern to follow, using a specific hook and a particular yarn.

I crocheted for five minutes everyday. Usually, I wanted to do it longer but I only give myself five minutes a day. It took me at least two years but I was finally able to finish it. After that, the second one came a lot easier. I’m trying to make another one although this one is more daunting than the first. I decided to make a blanket out of Tunisian crochet in order to learn it.

Creating a blanket is a lot like writing a novel. I had done both although my novel was never published. Each was a herculean task—one that requires a lot of commitment and a lot of perseverance. There are many times when I wanted to stop what I was doing but kept on moving forward that until I had finished my project. That being said, there were creative works that require a lot of stamina. Someone who plans to do either needs to have a plan on how to tackle the project. My plan was to spend a little amount of time everyday crocheting and about an hour a day trying to write a novel.

It takes perseverance and stamina to finish a long term project. However, if you are consistent at making progress, even if it is five minutes a day everyday, eventually you would finish it.


Bruges Lace

February 8, 2016
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Bruges Lace Gym Bag

My first Bruges Lace design: a gym bag for my clothes.

Lately, I have been obsessed with making Bruges lace. For the uninitiated, crocheted Bruges Lace was an imitation of the real thing. It involves creating straight tape made of double crochet in a straight line. You can then form it into any shape you want.

The best explanation of Bruges lace was what I found in Crochet Master’s Workshop. That was where I learned more details about its origin and how crochet was able to recreate it but was a much faster and cheaper method.

The first time I crocheted a Bruges Lace, I followed a pattern and made a scarf. Afterwards, I tried to design my own Bruges Lace design. It’s not as good as I hoped it would be but it serves a purpose. I’ve created a Bruges Lace bag. This would serve as my gym bag as the one I currently was using is beginning to be too small.

I wish it would look prettier. However, none of my first attempts in anything ever looked pretty. My first attempts usually look flawed. However, it taught me a lot about Bruges lace and on how to make them look more beautiful the next time I attempt to create another Bruges lace project.

When learning something new, it wasn’t important to make things look pretty. What’s important is to finish the project to develop the skill involved in creating it. With practice, my Bruges Lace design would improve. For now I am satisfied that I managed to create something that would hold my workout clothes using Bruges Lace.

Similarly, you have to allow yourself to create lousy projects. I’m sure that there were other people who could do better Bruges Lace design than me. I had two goals when I made this bag: to build something functional and to use the Bruges Lace design. What’s necessary is for me to finish a Bruges Lace bag. The design is secondary. After this, I plan to craft a much smaller one so that I could have somewhere to place my makeup on. That one would look much better than my gym bag since I’ve had more practice.

 

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Quality vs Quantity

February 3, 2016
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As artists, we all have to pay our dues. That being said, there was an age-old debate. What is better? Quality or quantity?

To me, quantity is better than quality. The more things you create, the more you get to practice your craft. The more you practice, the better you get. Quantity is better than quality because quantity leads to quality.

For example, if you want to become a novelist, you should write your story even if it is a total trash. Your first goal should be to finish your novel at the shortest time possible. Once you’re done with your story, you set it aside and start a new one. When you’re finally done with your second story, you go back to your first one and you edit it.

I’m good at crochet not because I was born with the talent but because I worked nonstop on my craft from the time I was nine. Everyday after school, I would get my hook and my thread, trying to get things right, making sure that everything is tight, not realizing that it’s better to do loose stitches than tight.

It took me years until I was finally able to do things well. By the time I was in junior high, I was able to show my classmates what the teacher was talking about in terms of crochet. Because of my years of practice, I learned what works and what doesn’t in terms of crochet.

If you want to be a good artist, you should create things as much as you want without worrying about the quality. Learn what works and what doesn’t, filing everything in your ever growing knowledge of your craft. Read the books about your particular craft. If you like a technique you read, use it over and over just because you like it. You have to enjoy the creative process and forget about the quality. Eventually, because you have practiced a lot, quality would follow.

If you want to be a professional writer, I encourage you to write a novel and self-publish it in sites such as Amazon or Smashwords. Be sure to self-publish it for free. I doubt that your work would have a lot of buyers. People don’t know your enough to buy from you. That’s the way it was to first time self-published authors. My fanfiction stories are just started to get traction even though I stopped publishing fanfiction four years ago. Meanwhile, since your work is not picking up the traction, keep working on other stories and improve your writing skills.

Having no one buy from you early on your writing stage is actually a blessing in disguise. That means there won’t be a lot of harsh critics wasting their time pointing out every single flaw you have as an artist. Review your work from time to time and edit it. The goal is for you to be prolific because quality follows quantity.

To me, it’s important for artists to be prolific. It’s a way for an artist to practice on their crafts and learn from their mistakes. Eventually, the artist would be so good at their crafts that people would actually buy their products not because there are too many of them but because they are good artists.

And for those who would criticize me regarding my stance? The goal of my blog is to unlock your creativity and not to improve your craft. To do that, you need to allow yourself to produce crappy work. I am well aware that other people would criticize me for my view. However, the only way to improve your craft is to practice. The more work you produce, the better you’ll get.

 

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Finishing


Finishing

February 2, 2016
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What was on an artist’s mind never translates well on the said artist’s medium. Nevertheless, it was better if he or she keeps on working on his or her craft even if their creation falls short of his or her expectations.

Everything I learned about finishing and creating something unique, I learned from practicing crochet. From creating a project that stands out to actually finishing an object, I learned by using a hook and a ton of yarn.

I am good at crochet. If you ever see me crocheting, you would see that my stitches were even. My rounds were really round—they don’t curve unless I want them to. The flat fabrics were even as well. You won’t see my fabric produce a scraggly edge. It was flat and even if I raise it up.

And yet, I could never seem to finish a project. There were plenty of unfinished projects in my room—unfinished yarn projects where I keep on changing my mind and then redoing them the way I wanted them to be and then unravel the yarn to start at another project again.

I learned that my tendency to undo my creation was because of my desire with perfection. If I didn’t like the project, I would unravel it and start over again. This time, to create something entirely new. I try to grasp all the ideas in my head, often, things look way better in my head than when I execute them. I was so ashamed at what I did that I had no choice but to unravel my yarn and start over again.

When I realized this, I told myself that I would finish what I wanted to create—even if they don’t turn out well. Whether it’s having gaps on my scarf, or the fabric did not have the right color, I would keep on working on it even though it didn’t turn out to be as good as I hoped. Since I had implemented that idea, I had finished a lot more things. Most of them turned out okay even though they have flaws.

It turned out that actually finishing the project did teach me more than my usual unravel and redo. It taught me how the yarn actually behaves if I try to do things a certain way. Of course, I had learned that I could adjust things while working on my project along the way. It wasn’t as bad if I only unraveled three rows instead of 100. My work is still a disappointment but at least I managed to finish it.

Even when flawed, a work that one actually created is better than the one that never materialized. After all, the particular work that one has actually exists. If a person keeps working on their craft, he or she would improve that one day, what was on his or her mind would translate well on their medium even if it fell short of his or her expectations. He or she would create better stories, better artwork, better sculpture, etc. His or her visions would match what they bring forth to the world.

 

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Welcome!

February 1, 2016
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My name is Marilag Lubag and welcome to my new blog. If you’re looking for something that would teach you how to be a better writer, you’re in the wrong blog. My focus is about how to become more creative, using my different artistic affinities as a way to explain my point.

As a singer, poet, someone who’s adept in needlecrafts, an aspiring novelist, and an aspiring crochet designer, I consider myself an artist. I have a thing or two to share about being creative. First and foremost, I understand how creative minds work. All I need to do is to look into my own self and see the things that inspire me. There are times in my life when I want to create more things. There were times when I couldn’t create anything. Then there were also times when I want to burn or destroy my recent creation. Every artist experiences these things. Part of the process is figuring out how to channel utilize all of these phases so that I could work as a consistent artist.

This blog is about my reflection on my creative process—what had worked for me in the past and what didn’t. That way, you can try it and see for yourself if they’re as effective for you as they are for me.

My blog will be divided into three topics. First, this blog would talk about how to unleash that block that is preventing people from being creative.  Second would be crochet—one of my fortes. I would talk about how crochet inspires me about my own creative process, some patterns I created, and what I learned about crochet that reflects on my creative life in general. My third topic would be coming soon. It would be a corner for my latest work-in-progress stories, which I hope to turn into novels.

I’m glad that you checked out my blog. See you next time!

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