No matter what the craft is, whether it is knitting, sewing, scrapbooking or embroidering, there are some projects where you are thisclose to finishing, and you find yourself procrastinating.
I bought a needlepoint kit for a paperweight in a vegetable garden design and I just need to finish off a row of french and bullion knots and trim the turkey stitches. This should take a couple of hours at most, but instead I have ignored it in favour of designing my Jacobean embroidery, or reading a new book, or working on a new silversmithing project – anything except the needlepoint! Every evening this week I have sat down with it and instead of finishing it, I have been frogging and deconstructing bullion knots, adjusting where things are positioned, cursing every stitch I made or unmade – and the more I look at it, the more I don’t like it.
As it is a bought design I have adjusted some things, changing the size of the french knot flowers or the colours of the vegetables, but each time I pick it up, I see another thing in the design that I want to change. This is madness, because it is almost finished and to unpick a large swathe of stitches would not be one of my greatest ideas…
Now, it is war and I have set myself a task for the weekend – that by tomorrow I would have finished it.
… So what am I doing? I’m looking at teddy bear patterns of course!