Not every day is filled with ideas and inspiration, for me it's a bit like buses - too many or none at all. I have found that if I walk away from the workroom it sometimes takes a long while to get started again, days or even weeks. The way for me to get round this is to have something undemanding on the go at all times. The act of stitching and the hit of colour are very important to my well being so I invented what I call my 'raggy'. In the way that a child has a comfort blanket or toy I have a very soft piece of fabric that is easy to stitch into - my current piece is a roughly made 'cathedral window' pattern that I used to wipe up dyes. I daubed it with oil sticks and then I start to stitch without any thought except maybe colour.
Stitching is such a soothing process and the mind can relax and just enjoy the colour flow without having to think of design or choices. I will stitch until it can't take anymore and maybe turn it over start again. It doesn't have to be anything or say anything just be my 'raggy'.
A much smaller 'raggy' that might have others joined to it.
Small pieces of 'slashing' are relaxing to do, I often do these whilst working on something more demanding - a kind of 'brain rest'. I like the fact that the outer layers of this are just paper towels that have been used to wipe dye or paint up and the inside are floor sweeping scraps of fabrics.
Have a good Fathers Day. I hope the weather is kind.