Focus in 2012

Last year, instead of making goals, I chose a word for the year. I saw this first on Christine Kane’s blog and she explains about choosing a word in her post Resolution Revolution.  I like that the word you choose is related to everything in your life as it is about “being” instead of “doing”. Keeping one word in the forefront of your thoughts is much easier than trying to remember a list of resolutions. Last year, my word was “choose”. I did get a lot done last year in relation to my fiber arts, I was happy with the choices I made and I want to keep moving forward in that same vein. While I was looking at the list of possible words that I might choose for 2012 on Christine’s blog, I came across several that spoke to me. I wrote those words down and my list included clarity, focus, mastery and discipline.  After I looked at these words for a few minutes, it seemed to me that all four of the words fit under the word focus. Focus has several meanings including the center of interest, to adapt to the prevailing light and become able to see clearly, to concentrate or to think about closely. So for the coming year, I will be thinking about focus and how that relates to fiber art.

Vision Quest

I also have a list of intentions that I want to accomplish during the year. I’m not sure how I’ll get them all done but I’m sure if I focus…

  • Continue the Level II Hand and Machine Stitch course
  • Promote my book when it comes out in August
  • Begin teaching felting classes at a local yarn store
  • Investigate future teaching possibilities (felting/fiber art) at the local community college
  • Mentor artists through the Montana Arts Council program at the store about the business of art
  • Participate fully in our new virtual studio The Felting and Fiber Studio
  • Continue exploring the combination of hand and machine stitching with felting
  • Begin making video fiber art tutorials (which I’m sure will involve more than I think it will)
  • Learn more about Photoshop and use it more frequently
  • Continue to explore surface design including more eco-printing with leaves with my local group
  • Begin researching and planning for The Yurt Project

Now if you were paying attention, you might be saying “What yurt project?” I have really wanted to make a yurt  in the traditional way with a felt covering for a long time. It will be a ton of work and I’m sure I won’t get it all done this year. But I’m going to start working on it this year. I have already gotten some books from the library and my hubby is going to help with the frame construction. I may see if I can involve some school groups or civic organizations and teach more people about felting. The idea is still brewing but I’m excited about moving forward.

What are your plans for 2012? I’d love to hear about them.

About ruthlane

When I discovered felting in 2007, I finally found the creative outlet for which I had been searching. I love that the versatility of fiber allows me to “play” with a wide variety of materials including wool, silk, fabrics, yarns and threads. Creating one of a kind fiber art pieces to share with the world fulfills my creative passion.
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12 Responses to Focus in 2012

  1. A lot of campgrounds have yurts now, think it would be fun to make one, and can’t wait to see what you come up with. Felt will be one big project;)


  2. ruthlane says:

    Thanks Debbie – it will be lots of wool for sure 🙂

  3. shepherdessann says:

    Ruth you have a busy year planned. I sent you an email about the yurt. It will take a lot of wool. Let me know when you need wool and I will send you the wholesale catalogue. There are a couple.

  4. ruthlane says:

    Hi Ann – thanks for the contact about the yurt, I can use all the help I can get 🙂 I would love to get the wholesale information from you, you can send it anytime.

  5. artbylizb says:

    Your year sounds busy but exciting and you inspire me to accomplish more in my year. Will enjoy seeing your progress.

  6. ruthlane says:

    Thanks Liz!

  7. Karen says:

    Wow Ruth you have an impressive year coming up, i’ll really enjoy watching your progress with the yurt, and everything else lol

  8. zedster66 says:

    Focus is a good word, Ruth, from your plans it looks like you’re already using it 🙂
    I love yurts and wish I could make one too. I’m looking forward to seeing your work this year.

  9. kwinter12 says:

    Ruth – there’s a great video of Mongolians making felt for a yurt, or ger, at

    Hope you have some horses ready! 😉

  10. ruthlane says:

    Thanks everyone and thanks for the link to the video. My horses are a John Deere tractor run by my husband, it eats less than horses 🙂

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