Thursday, May 2, 2013

Plans, Hopes, Possible Rotation and a bit of Stitching

Lets begin with the stitching. I decided to take part in the HAEDless sal this past week. I didn't get quite as much stitching time as I'd hoped but Frederick has seen a little progress.

I do love Frederick. I wanted his kit for a long time and now that the fabric isn't too stiff to work with I'm enjoying stitching him. With the usual caveat that I still don't care for blending threads and back stitching.

Earlier this week I finished off some coasters I'd cut out a week or so before. These are the quick and super useful kind, and we needed them asap to keep our hot tea mugs from sticking to the table and making rings, so nothing fancy here. I wanted them to reversible so I didn't use any binding, just a couple of old scraps and some poly batting. They are about 4 inches square so they will hold a good sized mug. I whipped up 4 of these but I am sure I'll be making more before long.

If only I could crochet again without hurting I could make a couple of really attractive ones in no time. Still, these are old quilt scraps and I like the colors.

As to a stitching rotation, I think I've got that worked out as well.
Again, nothing fancy here. I'm afraid my stitchy bug will run off again if I try to pen it down to too much! I've simply divided my stitching into five categories.

Smalls-Things not much bigger than my stitching piece. Little kits, etc.
Mediums-Say something like Frederick
Mini's-Thinking mostly of those HAED mini's here, but anything approx. in that size zone.
Large-Bigger than a mini and smaller than a BAP
BAP- Charts sensible people find to large and stitching addicts have a stack of waiting to be worked.

My rotation, or really it is just a goal, is to give a few days a month to each category. I'm not swearing to work on this piece or that, I have too many wips with probably 2 more coming this year, to just pick 2 or 3 to work on. With the smalls and mediums I'll have the satisfaction of having finishes more often and at the same time still be making progress on everything else. I could just stitch on one piece until it is finished, as I did for so many years, but then I'd get bored.

So what do you think? I'd like opinions, as this one is completely new to me.

There is a lot going on right now, I'd tell you about my strange day today but I'm being a good blogger and trying to stick to the subject.

I still haven't taken a picture of my Colette pieces so sooner or later I must get to that, and I haven't cut anything new out. Life is busy and my cutting area is buried in heavy house project junk and a window unit air conditioner. So hopefully soon.

Well happy stitching my friends!



Anonymous said...

Yay for Frederik! I'm glad you mentioned the blending. I've wondered about that in these kits. I'm thinking of trying one soon. Is the floss a pain or is it already separated?

Becky J.

Unknown said...

I think your Rotation sounds awesome, it is very flexible, and you can have some finishes - which are important to me - and work on several different...

Anonymous said...

I love this idea for a rotation! I think I could live with this one. I've just sort of floated along for some time feeling slightly guilty for not working on this or that. Feeling pretty excited about this one.


Mama Dog said...

Thanks Becky. The floss on Frederick was separated and numbered. Very easy, but I would read on the front of the kit and peek through the back plastic if I could since not all of the kits are done this way.
Melinda, I hope it works out that way.
Candy, if you decide to try it let me know how it works out for you. I have that guilty feeling too!

Miamina said...

It's great to have some progress even if you don't think that's much.

Really the only way to know if a rotation works for you is to try it out. You can always modify it as you go along. The great thing is, there are no rules for stitching, it's a hobby and it should be enjoyable, so do what's makes you feel happy!

Mama Dog said...

Angie, thanks for commenting. I've admired your Dog Lessons for People so much that it is on the top of my must have and stitch list at 123 stitch.
It is good to have some progress and I think working out a new rotation for my changing lifestyle is making me more accepting of those times when there is less progress.

Julie said...

Enjoy your hoby, whatever works for you is the best way to go, i always have a large project, a couple of smaller ones that i SAL with other ladies and then smalls inbetween if there is time.

Mama Dog said...

I think I have found a happy place in my stitching again. Time will tell, I only know I need more flexibility until things settle down a bit.