Clara Lawrence visited Libby in her studio and the progress is promising!
"Libby and I had another studio adventure today. I have been noticing some changes in her approach to working on a project and it is exciting. She was very nervous in the beginning, but intensely focused when the task was in front of her, only able to do the one task at a time. Today the intensity had softened a bit, but allowed her to be able to do a couple of things and get back to the task where she wanted to be at. Example: She was thread painting an edge and noticed an area where the stitching wasn’t how she liked it. She stopped and worked with scissors and worked out those stitches and got back to the stitching. She did about 3 times the amount of work in the same amount of time because of this. Stop adjust a situation and then continue. She looked like she was having a lot of fun. We have been continuing to work on the piece that she and Ricky started, she directing where she wants to go. I help when she needs it. Mostly with the machine and some ripping out of stitches so she can re-cut a shape to flow better with the one nearby. You can see her making more and more design decisions today. We changed thread color 3 times. Before, she stayed with the same color and had no desire to change. She has finished stitching down all her flowing shapes with her decorative stitching and now she has homework from me. (I smirked as I mentioned it.) She gave me a look like 'You are giving me homework?' I smiled and answered that with a 'Yes, you have homework. Decide where you want to go from here and when I come back, that’s where we will start. Feel free to doodle if you need to.' "She grinned and gave me a big hug!
"It was the most promising day ever. My goal is to come as much as needed, until I can see that all there is to do is tweak the machine for her. At that point, I will be giving some lessons to family members (Lester, you are definitely on the list) and whoever stays with her the most, to be able to do basic preps on the machine and then let her go. We will come to that road when it is time. Today was a very good day."