Saturday, January 03, 2009

Diving into the WIP Pile and Surfacing

Here's the official list. The titles may change (though perhaps not as much as we might like) but the number seems pretty constant: in 2004: 20; 2007: 24. Here's the thing. I don't mind having these projects unfinished. Would I prefer they were finished? Sure. Would I want it to be so if it meant that stitching was akin to taking medicine--forcing yourself to do it to "feel better"? No, absolutely not. This is supposed to be fun, dammit!
  1. Mirabilia, Christmas Elf (Really? I haven't worked on this for a year?)
  2. Shepherd's Bush, Brett's Stocking
  3. Moss Creek, Elizabethan Rose
  4. Fancy Work, Noel Ornament
  5. Heart in Hand, Monthly Mania (March, September, November, December)
  6. Heartland House, Tree of Life Window
  7. Good Huswife, Anna's Bird
  8. Linda Jary, Majestic Rooster
  9. Nutmeg Needle, Treasured Tulips
  10. Hillside Samplings, Folk Art Threadkeep
  11. Curtis Boehringer, Apple Sampler
  12. Liz Turner Diehl, 16th Century Knot Garden
  13. Bent Creek, Snowman Stocking
  14. Watercolor Geranium
  15. Theresa Layman, mermaid
  16. Mirabilia, Emerald Mermaid (SAL)
  17. BOAF, Scared Silly
  18. Shepherd's Bush, Anna's Stocking
  19. Corinne and Gigi, French marquoir
  20. Dimensions, Santa kit
  21. Dimples Designs, St. Basil's Cathedral
  22. Heart's Content, Merry and Bright
  23. Hardanger Napkin Rings
So...what was my point?

Oh, right. I'll be stitching for 10 hours on something from this list. The list is vaguely in order of how much there is left to stitch. Except those napkin rings. If I hadn't started them with a broken finger, I'd chuck 'em. I'm trying to decide if I should spend time on the ones that are closest to being done so I can have the pleasure of a finish or if I should start something from the bottom of the list which would feel like a new start. (Well, sort of.) Maybe I'll alternate each month. That ought to get me nowhere...

I know I said I would start the Sheepish Seasons as my new year start, but I failed to plan...I had hardly any of the threads. (I rectified this oversight today.) So instead, I started Lilybet Designs' Spots II. I like stitching spot samplers, you get a sense of satisfaction every time you finish a motif! I'll show you that tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

What a fine list of WIPS - I'm with you, it has got to be fun - I never force myself to stitch on something when I'm not in the mood to work on it.

karenv said...

Yep, I'm in the "has to be fun" camp too (I would probably ditch the napkin rings, for instance ;) ) - good luck with your list this year, you have some nice projects going on there.

Redwitch said...

Good luck with your WIPs and goals for the year, look forward to seeing them :)

Life is too short for napkin rings ;)

doris said...

As soon as stitching turns into something you have to do instead of something you want to do, it becomes that four-letter word ... work :0 I love looking at everyone's WIP list. They make me feel normal.

Dani - tkdchick said...

I think you should alternate between an almost finished and a just started.

mainely stitching said...

Here's to fun!!

Glenna said...

It's funny that you bought the Dickens' Mittens design also. The thing is, I bought the "Thankful" design also (what an amazing design) and thought of you because of the pumpkins!

Anonymous said...

You are so ambitious!

I've decided to take your lead and set a goal - to finish my Quaker scissors keep and accessories before camp. Don't hold your breath, though. ; )


Linen Stitcher said...

Will patiently await your finishes on GH "Anna's Bird" and HS "Folk Art Threadkeep." In the meantime, have fun working on whatever it is you decide to work on. I agree that stitching is and should continue to be fun!

Cheryl said...

Just wanted to say thank-you so much for the beautiful hand-made Christmas card and the skein of thread. That was really kind of you and much appreciated! I already have the thread earmarked for a new start :)

Michelle said...

I'm totally with you on the has to be fun idea. I'm hoping to get some of my WIPs stitched on too this year, but really...I'm just going to stitch whatever the hell I feel like. Can't wait to see your Lilybet Spots. You're right, those spot motifs are like little finishes all in themselves.

Jacque said...

WOW! I'd be in OCD meltdown...if I don't work on something and it becomes work, I give it to someone who would enjoy finishing and having it or it gets trashed..I know...I'm wasteful, but it's better than being crazed by my hobby! : )

Meari said...

Good luck in weeding through that list!

Megan said...

Great list! Once I finish scanning my recent finishes, I need to make a similar list of my WIPs and decide what I want to work on this year.