1. I need to accept my creative style.
2. I like sculpting more than sewing or painting.
3. I need to look at my sculpts upside down.
Number 1 is key for me going forward. I need to change my perspective and accept my creative style.
When I'm coming up on a big project, I collect stuff. Fabric, magazines, books, pictures on my hard drive, etc. As I get closer to the project focus, I purge the stuff I've collected, usually in a fit of self-critical self-talk.
But here's what I've learned. While I am gathering stuff, I am thinking about the project in my head. And then I plunge in, with clay and cloth and move forward. I think this gathering phase is part of any work that I do.