Doing Things Badly

Hello Friends,

There was a great story reprinted from the New York Times on DailyGood this week titled “And the Band Played Badly” written by Alexander McCall Smith, author of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series of books.

In the article, McCall Smith writes about a group of musicians in Scotland:

Some years ago, a group of frustrated people in Scotland decided that the pleasure of playing in an orchestra should not be limited to those who are good enough to do so, but should be available to the rankest of amateurs. So we founded the Really Terrible Orchestra, an inclusive orchestra for those who really want to play, but who cannot do so very well. Or cannot do so at all, in some cases.

I love the idea of everyone being included in an orchestra regardless of talent or skill. Wouldn’t it be great if we all had opportunities to sing, dance, play music, act, paint, draw, and write without having had proper training? Professional arts definitely have their place, but I think it’s also important for all of us to feel free to express ourselves creatively without fear of judgment or criticism. I would definitely go see the Really Terrible Orchestra! It sounds fascinating.

I’ve been working on woven scarves the past couple of weeks. I like the unpredictability of how they turn out. I never know quite how the colors and textures in the weft will work with the warp. And because I’m using a lot of different fibers, the yarns shrink differently when washed. This gives the scarves an uneven edge and sometimes a slightly puckered length, but I find these “imperfections” charming. The scarves have a one-of-a-kind handmade look that’s distinct from those that are machine made.

Here are my latest creations. Click on the images for more information about each scarf.

Cassandra Tondro handwoven scarf

Cassandra Tondro handwoven scarf

Cassandra Tondro handwoven scarf

Cassandra Tondro handwoven scarf

Cassandra Tondro handwoven scarf

What would you like to do if you didn’t have to be concerned about doing it well? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,


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