Recently my husband commented that he needed something new to learn. He's already studying astronomy, Hebrew, botany, woodworking, and a smattering of other subjects, but nonetheless, he needed something new. So he's now studying Yiddish.
I do understand this impulse. I have so much to do, and sufficient projects to keep me busy, but I have hit some plateaus and find myself often sighing at the "same old thing." But Yiddish?
After wondering momentarily if I needed to study Yiddish, too, the answer became clear.
I'm learning tapestry. Learning and relearning, and hopefully spiraling into some improvement, and coming to a place of design inspiration. I can learn technique, different styles, experiment with materials, learn(more) color theory, delve into the history and the biographies of tapestry artists and so on. There is even a language. "Hachure" anyone? (Gesundheit!) There is enough here to stimulate the brain for a long long time. Stimulate and sometimes confuse....
Yes, sometimes I have to hide from a current project for awhile until I solve it's particularly problem (as in--why am I getting visible warp on this piece when the sett and materials are the same as the last piece?) And in those moments I may think about throwing in the towel. But, you know, there is the investment to consider: yarn, looms, bobbins....
And the commitment of having SAID I am weaving tapestries. But mostly there is the continually renewing fascination with yarns, colors, shapes and process, no matter what the outcome.
But look at those amazing pomegranates on the Yiddish book. I could practice hachure on the highlights, do some weft bundling in the shadows, practice circles.
Maybe I have all the Yiddish I need for right now. Ja?