I am in the process of organizing my needlework stash (more on that later) as a way to fully prepare for the trip to the Attic, and part of that process is dividing the lot into categories, including UFOs and WIPs. Some might not see a difference between “Unfinished Objects” and “Works in Progress”, but I’ve decided that UFOs are projects that I will probably never finish, and maybe never even pick up ever again. WIPs, on the other hand, are pieces that I put down for some reason — maybe good, maybe bad — but which I have every intention of finishing. I was pleased to discover that I only have 3 UFOs and only 5 WIPs. In order to encourage me to finish these WIPs sooner rather than later, I’m going to document them here. Maybe someday, when I’m bored at work, I’ll stumble on this post and go, “Oh, right! I remember that!” Here’s hoping!
The one that I’m most likely to finish is True Wisdom by Exampler Dames Design Co.
I’m about halfway done with this one, and I’ve already finished the very worst part (that verse is entirely cross-stitched over one). It’s all downhill from here! I don’t remember why I put it down; I think I might have just been antsy for something younger and prettier. My stitching life seems to be a constant competition of which project can feature the ugliest bird. This one is definitely in the front running:
I’m thinking this will be one of those classic examples of “I put it down for years, and then it only took two months to finish”, a la Blue Enigma.
Next up, in terms of likelyhood I’ll finish it, is MFB By The Sea by Carriage House Samplings.
I’m under a quarter of the way through this one, but put it aside in favor of MFBville. I left off half of that middle square because I’m going to alter the chart to include the title MFB By The Sea. Because I’m super-mature. Heh. So far, I’m really pleased with how it’s turning out, and it stitches up very quickly, so I do anticipate this one being finished someday in the next five to six years. Also, it should be noted, the bird in the bottom right-hand square is doing a stellar job of gunning for the title of Ugliest Bird. The one in True Widsom is going to have to step up his game.
I’m also about a quarter of the way through My Home Town, also by Carriage House Samplings.
I put this one down because I was in a boring part and I wasn’t totally crazy about the Belle Soire silk I was using. All the fun stuff on this design seems to be on the other side from where I am. The fact that all the fish in the river along the bottom are stitched over one, isn’t helping me get excited to work on it again!
Speaking of not being excited to work on it again, it’s SDW by Scarlet Letter!
This piece is a monster. It’s like 8,000 feet long. I’m probably an eighth of the way done! Some of the motifs I’ve finished look a little dopey, but by the time it’s finished, the wacky lion and the strange checker-board hot pepper will just blend into the background.
The reason I put it down, and the reason I’m dragging my feet about picking it back up again, is that I have to make a color change because the light pink I had been using is too close to the color of the linen. The bottom of this floral doohickey is just waiting for me to decide what color I should substitute:
The final WIP, the one that is at the very end of the “I may someday finish it” scale is the one and only Berlin Woolwork from the Needle’s Prayse.
This piece was all the rage a few years ago at the Attic, when Jean Lea kindly kitted up all nine parts of the incredibly intricate design into easy to handle packaged with exactly the right amount of silk (if we’d all been buying a skein for every color needed, we’d probably have over-worked the entire world’s silkworm population). I managed to finish Part 1 of 9, and then a few motifs of Part 2:
I put it down because, well, all that working over one is exhausting! Plus, the last motif I did looked very much like it should be the upholstery from an ulgy chesterfield from the 70’s. Most of the motifs, though, look more like this:
So there they are. Five beautiful projects stand atop my stash bin, but only one of them will be “Pookie’s Next I Feel Guilty About Starting Something New And Should Really Go Back And Finish One I’ve Started” project.