Embrace Your Inner Monster

For years I have been making monsters. I make monsters for babies, kids, adults and pets. There is something so therapeutic about bringing a small beast that springs wholly from your imagination to life. They have horns, a tutu or only one tooth, each monster is one of a kind and captures some aspect of it's maker's soul. Making monsters is an exercise in self exploration.

I love watching kids draw a creature from their imagination and then help them to realize they have the skills to bring their monster to life....without worrying about the sewing rules that bind them to a pattern.

There is a time and a place for precision and attention to detail in sewing, but monster making is all about going with your gut and bringing an idea to life.

I often encourage students at Craft Camp to embrace their "wonkiness", make eyes that are two different sizes, use orange thread while sewing on green monster eyes and above all to love the final, unexpected birth of what their efforts create when they make a monster.

You could measure two legs to be exactly the same size, or use a compass to get a perfect circular head, but where is the fun in that? Experiment, go crazy, let your inner monster out and save the precision and ruler for a quilting class.

We all have a little monster in us and this time of year, more than any other, we should let that monster out to run wild.