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Friday, 15 February 2013

teacups stitched and first charity hat knitted

Every time I read in my Facebook stitchy group (called `I cross stitch and I`m not ashamed of it`) somebody admitting to being a serial starter, my first thought is: I`m more of an obsessed finisher. Seriously, sometimes it borders on ridiculous (or scary?), this pathological need in me to `tick boxes` - probably that`s why cross stitch and any type of crafting fills this need, because the urge to see a project finished spurs me on until it`s done (needless to say, I could never be a serial starter: I`m a one-at-a-time girl, me). Whenever I`m working on a BAP and somebody asks how I have the patience to keep on stitching one piece for weeks and months on end, I always try to explain how you have mini-achievements every day - but I guess only a fellow-stitcher could understand what such mini-deadlines mean as `I just finish this corner today` or `I`ll just finish this colour before I go to bed`.
And what brought this on, you wonder? Well, I just wanted to explain how my being a serial finisher might help when it comes to a project that I don`t particularly enjoy (see my last post) - because I still want to see them finished. Not to mention that finishing something that`s been a bit of a struggle gives me extra joy and I`m doubly enthusiastic about my next project. So, here it is - another finish:
Erm, in case you don`t recognise what it is: it`s my first hat for the charity thingy. I know, it doesn`t look that impressive just lying there - so, luckily, I found a very willing model to the extent of one photo:
Gregory`s impression of Anne Boleyn stepping up to the executioner`s block
Oh, and finishing one commission work gave me wings with the other, so now the teacups and roses are done too for Cross Stitcher:
I really enjoyed working on plastic canvas, it was a nice change :)

But then I also enjoyed going back to my sewing motion and working on linen again!
So, all in all, what`s not to enjoy? It`s cross stitch and knitting after all...


  1. Hi, returning the following. Your son looks like mine would if I made him wear that hat LOL.

    It's amazing how many people are model-stitching just lately. I do think about it but I'd get distracted if I didn't like the aida or the design!

    I love the Durene henna designs. I don't usually get Gold but might make an exception.

  2. Thank you Jo (who is not the Jo I was thinking of while reading the first half... couldn`t figure out when SHE started to stitch, lol!). Yep, I know what you mean, plus there`s always the danger that your hobby becomes a chore but luckily, it hasn`t happened to me yet; even if a design is not exactly to my taste, e.g. something cutesy, it`s always there at the back of my mind that it`s a commissioned piece and a lot of people will like it, even if I don`t. Thanks for following and showing interest in my ramblings! :))