It has been cold, cold, cold here. On Thursday, I had to miss going to school due to the weather even. Luckily my drive in to work and home weren’t too bad – just a bit icy. I had been looking forward to taking advantage of the below freezing temps to settle in with my stitching this weekend. Friday and Saturday I was stuck with a migraine though, and although I tried to push through it, I didn’t have much luck. I decided it would be best to stay away from ATS until I was pain-free though, just in case.
Thursday night, though, had gotten me thinking. I’d read Glenna’s post on her 2010 stitching. She talked about being completely unremorseful about her stitching habits and starting new projects willy-nilly when she feels like it. And it’s led me to think about a few things. First of all, last week at my guild meeting, we revealed our 2009 MAGIC (My Annual Good Intentions Contract) projects, which of course, were supposed to be finished. You may remember that in 2009 we each brought in two unfinished pieces that we’d like to get finished, and the guild members voted on the one that would be our MAGIC piece. Dorothy’s Garden was the one chosen for me to finish in 2009.
And while Dorothy did get some attention, she might not otherwise have seen, she is still in no way near finished. Maybe it’s the fact I’m stitching her over one that has me flummoxed, or maybe it was the feeling of having to stitch on her that put me off. But, whatever it was, she still isn’t done. This year our guild decided to give each member the option of setting their own goals for MAGIC. I’ve been mulling around what to put down on my little contract, but haven’t come up with anything. I think that setting a goal for myself, feeling like I have to, is the surest way of getting me to not work on something. I haven’t totally decided against it, but I’m leery of putting anything down.
And, the other thing I’ve been thinking about is my stitching habits tend to be all over the place. I love planning and making lists, don’t get me wrong. But, I tend to stitch on whatever the heck I feel like. I hate deadlines, it makes me not want to stitch at all rather than stitch on something I have to stitch on. I like starting new things whenever I feel like it. And although my current list of WIPs is way way way out of hand, for the most part I’m enjoying my stitching and the time I spend on it.
So, I went through some of my in progress pieces, and some I’ve been wanting to start and I realized that the things I love stitching on aren’t those that have a million color changes, or confetti stitching, or large areas of fill in. And while I enjoy over one, I only enjoy it for a short period of time. I narrowed down my list, based on this, of what I might possibly want to try to complete in 2010, or at least focus on. And although I have a secret stitcher gift that absolutely needs to get started on – I didn’t want to deal with it.
While digging through my stash, I came across a 2006 freebie that I fell in love with back then. It called for Vikki Clayton silks, which I ordered back then. I’d even picked out fabric for it, which when I looked at it the other night I decided I didn’t like so much. So, I dove back into my stash to see what other fabric I could come up with. I found the perfect thing, and I started Camille’s French Sampler by The Sampler Girl.
I’m stitching her on 32ct Golden Harvest by Silkweaver using one strand of VC silk over two. I’m not getting that “fat stitch” look that I usually go for. But, after trying it out with two strands, I decided it was too much. I think Jenny Bean finally broke me. And now, I’ve gone for the more lacy “French” look for Camille. Won’t she be pretty? I think Tanya ended up releasing this pattern again recently, but as a chart rather than a freebie. I am so glad I finally started this one. It’s been one of those pieces that has hung around waiting for her time in the spotlight. And she was the perfect thing for my migraine-fuddled mind on the recent icy January nights.
So, I’m glad that my 2010 goals for my stitching, etc. didn’t involve specific goals but rather, “I’d like to do more of” type things. And I did finally get a chance to work on ATS yesterday, but I’ll show you that another day.
I am grateful for willy-nilly stitching.