I want to blog

Flax and Twine is a space to explore my creativity in all forms that it may take: knitting, sewing, crafts with the kids, photography, painting, whatever I may discover. 
I grew up loving to make and create.  My mother taught me to knit at the age of 7.  I was a manic rug hooker, a pot-holder crocheting monster, and a cross-stitcher that didn’t know when to stop.  The pleasure and joy I received from making things with my hands wasn’t easily matched.  I loved everything from the peace and quiet in my mind during the process to the pride and satisfaction in seeing the finished project.  I absolutely adored the process of making and of seeing.  As a young girl, I found myself entranced for hours looking at photographs, colors, pattern, light, dark, ribbons, yarn, fabrics, you name it.  As I got older, however, the knitting needles, the cross stitch, and the photo wall gave way to pencils and calculators and the drive to finish a project paled next to the importance of getting A’s.
Hand work was not valued in my family.  Actually, it was more a learned devaluation of creative things and efforts.  My family communicated loud and clear that value and love came from achieving.  This meant working outrageously hard to get the best grades, become the captain of your sport, get into the best college, and obtain the best job with a salary to match it. In my drive to achieve and please, I sublimated my love of making things to the critical act of “reaching my potential.”   
And now, I say, what if I reached for the wrong potential?  Maybe my potential is still inside.  This I want to explore.  In the past, I have not given myself the space to acknowledge my creative drive and to allow it to surface.  Sure, here and there, I would take a painting class, knit a sweater, or take a sewing class.  But I placed no value on these acts, still.  I would squeeze these expressions in when I could or skip them if I had other obligations.  They were always at the bottom of the list.
Now, I want to give myself the gift of more space, real space, space that is protected, to explore these creative desires.  But, I find myself faced with other problems.  Do I trust my creative instinct?  That is to say, even found, how do I own my creative being?  How do I explore it without any preconceived expectations. How do I value that love of making things?  How do I pursue my ideas with confidence? 
This blog is my first step towards that.  I want to enjoy making things.  I want to play with color.  I want to revel in beautiful things.  I want to take photographs.  I want to paint. I want to be adventurous and try new things.  I want to create knitting patterns.  I want to do projects with my kids.   I want my children to know and, more importantly, to VALUE making things with their hands in the way that I missed. I want to discover more about who I am.  And, I want to blog about it here.

Thanks for reading,
Anne Weil
flax & twine
  1. Hey Anne – it looks wonderful. I’m so glad you are following your heart!!!!! Love you tons! ; )

  2. Great stuff. I look forward to seeing much more out of you, young lady.

  3. ali

    what a beautiful start to your journey! keep going!!!

  4. Anonymous

    Absolutely beautiful photographs. This does represent you doesn’t it! Love it. Keep it up AP/W. AK47

  5. Emily


    I wanted to say THANK YOU for creating such a wonderful blog. It is so inspiring! In fact, it has inspired me to create my own blog. Reading this first post and your journey finally bopped me on the head with what I realized has been staring me in the face for a little while.

    This blog I’m going to start won’t be up for a bit, but I was wondering if you would mind my mentioning you and your blog in my first post? I am SO excited about taking a new direction in my creativity and my life, and I would love to give credit where credit is due.

    Thank you so much,

  6. anne

    Emily, Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. I am absolutely thrilled that my blog and this post inspired you the reach your own creative potential. I cannot express how much this excites me. I would love it if you mentioned me in your first post, thank you. I feel honored and humbled and all around warm and glowing. Keep going and enjoy every minute of it!!
    xo Anne

  7. Emily

    Thank you, Anne! I will let you know as soon as my blog is operational. I’m bursting with excitement, I can hardly stand it!

    Until then,

  8. Camille

    What a beautiful manifesta. I feel so, so blessed to know you. <3

    • anne

      Thanks so much for your kind comment. You made my heart warm and brought a huge smile to my face. Thank you. Anne

  9. Thelma

    i love ur blog so much..its so organized with an amazing and ideas..but i prefer if u can have google followers list. so that i follow u easily without going to emails..

  10. Oh my gosh Anne, this sounds so much like my life’s story! I come from a culture where no other talent than singing and dancing is considered worth encouraging!

  11. Zol

    I happened upon your blog from “I don’t know where” and after reading a few posts, I found your beginning and I love it! What a fabulous entry point; to accept where you are and just begin. Thank you for opening up and sharing your thoughts and process. It is all good.

    • anne

      Thanks Zol! You’re so sweet to leave a comment. It always amazes me to re-read this again.

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