Projects, Projects, Everywhere! Tales of a Flabbergasted Crafter
Posted by Tracey M. Kramer on 3rd Apr 2016
No End in Sight, But I Don't Care
Projects, projects everywhere! Is there any end in sight?—I don’t care. As I survey my house, I am flabbergasted by the ever-growing collection of unfinished craft projects. Some people like to work on a project exclusively and finish it to its completion without any interruptions, while others have several projects going on at once and finish them whenever, if they get finished at all. If you’re like me, you have several stitching projects started, but only some or none ever reach the finish line. I have given up working on just one project at a time because I tend to get bored very easily with one project.
A Project in Every Room
At this moment, I have a project going on in nearly every room of my house, except the bathroom and kitchen. In my living room (the room where I spend most of my time), I am working on a Victorian house full of intricate top stitching and shading. In the spare room, I have a large needlepoint tapestry project called the Exotic Garden that I’ve been working on going on four years now. In my bedroom, I have a castle scene on a large floor stand frame that I’ve been trying to finish for the past 10 years. It has gotten to the point that I had to cover it with a towel just to keep the dust bunnies from collecting on it. And yet I have an ever growing collection of bags filled with yarn on the floor in my bedroom full of half-finished crochet projects which are also spilling out of my clothes closet in my bedroom. Not to mention the four bagfuls of brand new cross stitch kits and needlepoint kits I just could not do without that are waiting to be stitched. I even have small projects in small bags for on-the-go errands because if I’m ever in a situation where I have to sit for a long period of time, I want to have something to work on so that my hands are not idle. And we all know what it says about idle hands being the devil’s workshop.
No Room for Boredom
In order to buckle down and finish these projects, it could take decades at the rate I’m going. But one good thing is that having so many projects at one time gets rid of the boredom, but on the other hand, progress is extremely slow. However, if you want to hone in on one particular project and work on it exclusively, you will feel like you’re accomplishing something in a shorter period of time, but you still may have a mountain of kits looming in the corners of every room. I have come to realize that the projects I’ve chosen to stitch largely depend on where my mind and thoughts take me (i.e. life’s events). I’ve come to the conclusion that the only time I will work on something exclusively, is when I am stitching something as a gift for someone else. Otherwise, I will not fret over my many projects, and will just enjoy working on the large variety as they come. Life’s problems have a way of determining which projects I work on, and it all gets worked out as a sort of “therapy” when I stitch. So enjoy your projects. I enjoy mine. They capture life’s moments whether good or bad, and cushion the blows that would normally cripple us.