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    Mon May 26, 2003 1:33 pm Groupie
    Confession time, all you crafters. Tell me I'm not the only one with a nice assortment of partially-completed projects. I've got about 12 cross-stitch designs at various stages hanging neatly in the closet, and a new one in my work basket.

    The plus side of this is that I always finish the ones I'm making for someone else, but the down side is that I've only finished two items (in almost 20 years) to keep for myself, and one of those isn't framed.

    Anyone else a real starter but not much of a finisher? icon_lol.gif
    Mon May 26, 2003 3:16 pm Groupie
    ReeLani wrote:
    Confession time, all you crafters. Tell me I'm not the only one with a nice assortment of partially-completed projects.
    Anyone else a real starter but not much of a finisher? icon_lol.gif

    I have loads of unfinished projects but I am now trying to finish some of them--I finished and framed one last month ( a little angel I started at least two years ago), now I am trying to finish up a little needlepoint cat picture--I just have the background left but there's a lot of background. My problem is that I start a lot of projects in workshops or classes--and then see another project or workshop I want to take so the projects just pile up. Years ago I used to finish a project (including framing) every 3 months or so, now I am lucky to finish a project once a year. But right now I am seriously trying to finish things and then decide what to do with them.
    Vicki G.
    Mon May 26, 2003 3:50 pm Groupie
    I must confess, I'm one step behind ... I'm a planner more than I'm a starter, and when/if I do start then it takes ages to finish !!!

    Planning is my thing !!! Oh I can plan projects. Currently I am planning to paint 8 dining room chairs. I AM painting two chairs for outdoors(for about 6 months now). I have 4 other chairs I'm planning to paint. I have a chest I picked up at a flea market 3 years ago I'm planning to paint. I have a lamp I'm planning to paint, and for that lamp I'm planning to make the lamp shade. I have cross-stitch patterns just waiting to be stitched(but no rush, these I've only had for 2 years).

    I am currently working on a needlepoint my hands aren't exactly idle.

    And I have at least 3 finished things that are waiting for me to frame(one that is about 10 years old !!!)

    So yes, there are others with this problem.
    Luby Luby Luby
    Mon May 26, 2003 4:32 pm Groupie
    Would anyone like to buy a rarely used quilting frame? icon_wink.gif (and the unfinished quilt too)
    Tue May 27, 2003 10:04 am Groupie
    I just went to take inventory and I found that I have 19 crochet projects (afghans and scarves) that are in various stages of completion. icon_sad.gif I do finish some things eventually and have given away a lot of things but I think that I get some sort of thrill in starting a new project.

    If I run into a problem with a project, I'll rip it apart and start again. If I run into a problem a second time, I bundle the project up in a plastic bag "for later". I think that I'm secretly hoping that the problem will fix itself suffocated in the plastic bag...
    Tue May 27, 2003 10:08 am Groupie
    Chicagopm wrote:

    If I run into a problem with a project, I'll rip it apart and start again. If I run into a problem a second time, I bundle the project up in a plastic bag "for later". I think that I'm secretly hoping that the problem will fix itself suffocated in the plastic bag...

    This reminds me of one of my cross-stitch pieces. I was doing a chart of The Lord's Prayer---almost finished too---when I ran out of one shade of blue. I ran to the store for the color when wouldn't you know but the colors were way off--DMC definitely changed the color. Starting ripping out the old blue but figured it would keep to another day and 5 years later that piece is still waiting for the blue to be ripped out and replaced with the new blue. Maybe someday if I get really bored....
    Tue May 27, 2003 10:21 pm
    Forum Host
    icon_rolleyes.gif I'm worse than that - I plan projects, by the materials and never get started icon_exclaim.gif I have a closet filled with craft, sewing and art materials just gathering dust. *^-^*
    Sat May 31, 2003 5:09 am Groupie
    Phew.....glad I'm not the only one! icon_wink.gif icon_lol.gif
    Susan Lee
    Sun Jun 01, 2003 1:11 am Groupie
    Oh, I'm a planner too! I have a closet full of fabrics, a giant bookshelf full of fabrics both downstairs and upstairs. Boxes full of mosaic tiles and broken dishes, storage boxes full of beads, and drawers full of painting supplies. Then there are the baskets of embroidery supplies. And patterns.....

    My house is not messy! I have this all "contained"!I just love doing all those things, and then I spend so much time and energy looking at all my idea sketchbooks, etc. and patterns that I am too tired to do anything! I can really hustle when it gets a week away from a birthday or other gift-giving occasion!!!
    Cindy Lynn
    Sun Jun 01, 2003 12:29 pm Groupie
    I have tons of 'supplies' for numerous projects, as yet untouched...I also have a pair of pillows, everything is finished except assembling and making the outside border. I have 3 afghans in progress (a matching set for the living room)...a rug I just started (couldn't find a pattern in all my pattern books that suited my purpose, so I decided to come up with my own creation)...a matching skirt and blouse that I misplaced during a move, found later, but didn't have time to work on it again, so it has been 'stashed' away again (I need to find that SILs decided that I should have my MIL's brand spanking new sewing machine when she passed away in November since I was the one most in need of a good machine). DD#3 wants me to teach her to 'quilt' this summer (have no idea where I'll find the time), so I've got lots of material I've been collecting for that, but will need to 'learn' myself in order to teach her. (DH actually picked up a couple used sewing machines at garage sales and we were able to have one repaired, so now we have two and will be able to work together without having to share the same machine, taking turns.)

    I'm sure I've got many more projects, too numerous to mention, in progress, but I find I work best when I have a deadline, or the project can be completed in just a few sessions. For instance, for Christmas last year, I made several different types of Christmas ornaments (some were applicable for Christmas and other holidays as well). There were aspects of the projects that I was able to include my entire family in, so we had lots of great family time...the last of these projects resulted in the whole family sitting down at the dining table on Christmas morning after we'd opened gifts to finish them up for our family gatherings...we had a wonderful Christmas morning and now my family wants to do a repeat of this every year. icon_biggrin.gif
    Sun Jun 01, 2003 11:36 pm Groupie
    I must confess...I have loads of unfinished things! My Son, age 37, keeps asking when i'll finish the Christmas tree skirt (that he picked out..when he was eight!)
    He would like HIS Son to enjoy it!

    I, too, have everything very neatly organized in Plastic and Rubbermaid Totes. I have an entire wall of totes, in my craft room!
    Thu Jun 12, 2003 9:15 pm
    Forum Host
    icon_rolleyes.gif We have a small bedroom with a single bed the rarely gets used (we have 2 other "guest" bedrooms). They belong to our sons and DIL's when they come to visit. Three years ago I decided to redecorate it. I bought 4 sheets (the window is 60" wide and the curtains puddle on the floor - about 96") that matched the new bedding, to make curtains. Two years ago, my son invited a friend for Xmas, I managed to make one panel before I ran out of time. Last year, his friend was coming to join us for Xmas again so I dug out the sheets. His friend had to change his plans and there is still half a curtain in that room. I sure hope he gets here for Xmas this year icon_exclaim.gif icon_rolleyes.gif *^-^*
    Wed Jun 18, 2003 11:28 am
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    I must confess i am definitely guilty of planning and starting projects. I have a lot of cross-stitch projects in the "To Be Finished" pile and an enormous stack of "To Be Kitted" that is threatening to over run the closet.

    DH says if i spent more time stitching and less time chatting on the computer i would have most of it done. icon_lol.gif
    Lightly Toasted
    Wed Jun 18, 2003 5:23 pm Groupie
    I can top ALL of you (well not me personally)

    My friend just inherited her Grandmother's cedar chest, which used to belong to HER grandmother. It is filled with pieces of unfinished quilts. The great-great grandmother was organized enough to put a slip of paper with each one stating the date she started it, and who it was intended for. Most of the recipients have been dead for 75 years!! icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif She took the fabric to an antique fabric dealer and was told not to sew them together, because the fabric was too old.
    Sat Jun 21, 2003 1:31 am
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    This made me laugh! I have an unfinished embroidery peice started by my mom when I was a baby. She gave it to me right after I had my first child and I thought "Oh, I'll whip this out and have it as a story/hand-me-down for my kids" That was four years ago, I ran across it, still unfinished during the last move! LOL
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