Sunday, April 3, 2011

Changes in the Wind

I don't know if I can call myself a rotation stitcher any longer. I used to be the sort of stitcher who always had 5-6 projects in the stitching bag. In a sense, I have actually gotten worse with 12 of my Crazy January Challenge pieces to complete and 4 projects from 2010 still in the current stitching bags.

But things have changed ... very probably precisely as a result of my choices for the Crazy January Challenge projects ... most are largish projects with two honest to goodness BAPs in the mix as well. All are projects I have been itching to stitch with the result that I seem to have become a one-at-a-time sort of stitcher instead of the wildly fickle needlewoman I used to be. I need to see substantial progress on these dearly loved pieces and once I pick them up they are very hard to put down. There was a time, not so long ago, when I would stitch on three different projects in a single day. Now, I find myself remaining with one project for days at a time.

Point in case: since Tuesday, I have stitched on Teresa Wentzler's Autumn Faerie exclusively and have made very satisfactory progress as a result. And earlier this month, Dragon Dream's The Ice Dragon's Kingdom held my attention very nearly to the exclusion of all else. To illustrate my point, here are two photos of the Autumn Faerie: one taken Tuesday evening and one taken Saturday evening. I have finally finished Section I in it's entirety and moved on to Section II, which is already partially complete because I always stitch the borders first on a TW piece and because, when I was stitching the tendrils of the faerie's hair in Section I, I continued right into Section II to keep my counting accurate and to use all those blended needles of thread most efficiently. Then, too, there's much more white space in Section II than in Section I, so it is reasonable to hope that I'll be able to finish the section by the end of the month ... even with some CJC and other 2010 WIP & UFO stitching going on.


Carissa said...

Your fairy looks absolutely beautiful, you got a ton done on it. It will be stunning when it's complete.

I understand what you're saying about stitching to the exclusion of all else. I've got 3 BAP right now that are wip and I find that when I work on them, I don't want to work on anything else. I try to rotate them weekly at the very least, but sometimes that doesn't happen.

I have had a few small projects that I've done in-between that I've needed to do as gifts, but for the most part my BAP's have been keeping my attention.

CalamityJr said...

Lovely progress. I can certainly understand not wanting to put these larger designs into rotation!

Stitchinowl said...

Your Autumn Fairy is coming along beautifully. I can understand about stitching one project for days at a time. The larger projects are harder to put down.