Motivation matters more than talent, and for a particular reason. The craftsman’s desire for quality poses a motivational danger: the obsession with getting things perfectly right may deform the work itself. We are more likely to fail as craftsmen, I argue, due to our inability to organize obsession than because of our lack of ability.

Brightly-coloured totebag design by Peter Nencini

Design for an embroidered tote bag by Peter and Sally Nencini (image source)

Posting this design by Peter Nencini for reference as I finish my Note Note Tote. I learned so very much from Sally and Peter at the stitching workshop yesterday at the Tetley, looking forward to finishing the tote. However, must be wary of embroidering while fatigued. I’ve got a few new holes in my index finger.

Update: Embroidery thread colours for reference below (brand is Anchor, about 70p per skein online)

  • Purple 111
  • Yellow 291
  • Orange 330
  • Green 228
  • Pink 57
  • White 1
  • Black 403