Monday, 3 January 2011

2011 ...... the year of the WIP.........

Happy New Year all - wishing you the best of the best for 2011!

After a year of muddling along stitching a little of this and a little of that, and actually finishing very little, I have decided, along with a lot of others it would seem, that 2011 is going to be my year of the WIP!  Bold statement isn't it. lol

Don't for a minute think that I won't start anything new, in fact I have a few things I'm keen to rip into- think Vignette and the Tis the Season SAL - but I will also attempt to tidy up a few things that have been lurking for a few(or sometimes even 10+) years.  The first part of this plan is to locate and list all of the WIP's that I own.  This is a really scary thought, as they are lurking everywhere.  Being a Type 2 crafter, I have projects in bags and baskets in at least four different rooms of the house, so just finding them all will take some time.

I'm also sure that there are several things that I just don't love now like I did when I started them, so I think there might need to be a bit of a biff out/donate to charity/give away pile also.  That might seem like cheating, but I think I just need to cut my losses on some of the things that I am not feeling the love for anymore.

Thanks to Michelle for pointing me in this direction, a bit of motivation is at hand. A challenge - and of course another blog - should be the kick in the butt I need.
Top of the list will be the Stitching Round the Block pieces for Leanne(now done), Raewyn(almost done) and Janis, and then I will try and prioritise my list of UFO's.  I'm thinking I will put my list on a separate page on my blog, I don't think my sidebar could cope with this list!
Here is a little sneek peek of Raewyns block -  I love her fabrics and gorgeous Aurifil threads she has chosen.

Some projects need so little done on them it's almost ridiculous.  I made this little cushion(from a Country Threads magazine, I think) five years ago for a friends birthday, didn't finish it and ended up just buying her a gift.  For goodness sake, it only needs stuffed and the opening at the bottom stitched up - what is wrong with me!

 And there are others like this wrinkly piece The Potting Shed by Shepherds Bush, that need a lot of work.

I have a lot of small pieces of stitched up cross stitch that need made up into 'something', not sure whether to add them or not.   I probably will list them as they are mostly within my limited finishing skills to do something with them. lol.  I'm definitely not listing the finished big cross stitches waiting for framing as that is more a matter of the cost of framing them, than me needing to do any more to them!
I don't even mind if the WIP total at the end of the year isn't a lot less, would just be nice to finally finish some long neglected projects and then feel less guilty about starting new ones.

So hopefully, confessing all of this publicly will keep me on track - how many Works in Progress do you have?  Let me know if you plan on attacking your pile this year too.



Have a great day ............. happy stitching........... Nicky



12 comments:

Raewyn said...

Wow, I love your first photo!!Thank you!! I was thinking a separate page for my UFOs too; I'm with you, I need to get some done!! Good luck!!

Perri said...

Good luck with your goal for 2011! Maybe a few more of us should join you :-)
Happy sttiching,P

Maricarmen said...

Si solo estan dispersos por cuatro habitaciones son muy pocos... Los míos estan en por lo menos 8 de las 10 habitaciones de la casa...

Blu said...

Well, if you don't love a piece (and you won't love it in the future) then it's only right/proper to pass it on to someone who'll love it. (My excuse for why I stopped working on certain projects. Now if I could only get to the "pass it on instead of hoarding" part...)

This year is both the year of crazy starts and knocking out the WIP pile. Good luck with your goals.

Tricia said...

Good luck on your finishing this year! My WIP's are few, since up til now I've been a "start one, finish one" type of gal... However - now that I've started the crazy challenge I won't be able to say that anymore! :-)

Aunty Bee said...

love the almost finished cushion, but it's a loaded question how many WIP's I have, if my husbands in ear shot 2, if he's out of the room probably 25, quilts, stitcheries, and knitting.

Chookyblue...... said...

you knwo I am "type 2" so can't commit any long to finishing anything much......I have so much trouble finishing projects.......so from a fellow "type2" crafter goodluck you'll need it.......I can cheer and support though I am good at that.......

Lynda said...

Giving away UFO's is a great idea - I did that last year (donated boxes and boxes of stuff to a school in the Philippines). It made me feel really good and the guilt of having a huge stash of things I'll probably never touch again is gone.

Farmyard Crafts said...

Well done on doing that list!! It's crazy how many things we end up with just sitting there that sometimes only need an hour or two and they are done!!

Annie said...

You really have your work cut out for you, so to speak! I'm a one-at-a-time type. When you live in a small space, you can only accumulate so much stuff!

Cardygirl said...

Good luck with your stitching! I give away sewing stuff...no point in it staying at my house any longer!

Suzanne said...

Oooh, lovely pieces! Good luck with your goals, I plan to get quite a few WIP's out of the way this year, but I do plan to start some new pieces as well.

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