Behind The Scenes / From The Workroom

workroom peeks: not writing a tutorial

Studio peeks // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

So the biggest thing i’m trying to teach myself right now, is sharing without necessarily writing a tutorial.

It may sound weird, but after the last few years, tutorials are second nature to me. If i’m making something i just take photos as i go, just incase i want to make a tutorial later. I have hundreds of unused photos along those lines on my computer. It all becomes a giant To Do list. I feel guilty if i post a project without a tutorial attached. Its kind of stupid that i do it to myself.

After my little health scare I’m trying my best not to overdo things, and blog at a slower more manageable rate. Which means teaching myself to chill out on the tutorial front. It’s amazing how hard it is to teach myself that i don’t have to write a tutorial for every.single.thing. The world won’t crash down around me, no one will die. It’s okay.

You know? So that’s the view from my studio right now. Making a few things and just enjoying it. No pressure. It feels pretty nice, even if its a bit new hehehe


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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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10 years ago

Oh Megan. I’m glad you are looking after yourself. That embroidery looks AMAZING!

10 years ago

Lovely little peeks!!! Gotta take care of yourself, lady!!

10 years ago

That sounds so lovely (and wise), Megan! It sounds like a really exciting new stage, so many possibilities. Love the studio peeks! x

10 years ago

so true. i have the same problem. its nice to realize that we all love little peeks into your world, not just tutorials. keep them coming.

10 years ago

i love this kind of sneak peeks! i love love love your embroidery! do you just freestyle or do you have pattern?

10 years ago

Ooh! Can’t wait to see what the knitting’s ging to turn into- it looks gorgeous :)

10 years ago

Good for you! Sewing and blogging are meant to be enjoyed. I’m loving that black layered with the polka dots number!

10 years ago

Your tutorials are wonderful–you really have a gift for teaching. I’m so glad you’re making things just for the pleasure of crafting, though. That’s how it should be!

I’ve learned how to do many new things from tutorials and I appreciate all the bloggers who make them freely available (astonishing generosity, when you think about it). But seeing glimpses here and there of what other people are working on feeds my creativity in a way that tutorials don’t. Along with this post, several other things have recently reminded me that I should keep my eyes open and look at my daily life for inspiration, rather than waiting for a perfect new “how-to” to pop up in my Pinterest feed.

Happy crafting.