Finish-along with &Stitches

If you are an &Stitches reader (and I hope you are!), you’ll know that we’re starting 2014 off with a finish-along. A good way to start a new year, I think – tidying up the project basket and getting things done!

My finish-along goal might be a little different than others, because I don’t have one project to focus on, I have a pile:

Embroidery to Finish-along with &Stitches!

This pile is my official entry to the &Stitches Finish-along, because it’s all embroidery. It might seem a bit excessive, but this whole post (embroidery and otherwise) is full of projects that are nearly all at least 80% finished — and I don’t honestly expect that I’ll finish them all. So pictured above:

  • French Knot sampler, with only one partial section left to complete.
  • Orangework Sampler, not quite half done, but this is a fairly small and quick project.
  • Eels lyrics embroidery! Oh, how I love this project so, and am so sad that it got so deeply buried at the bottom of the basket. There’s not much left to do really, but I was stumped by the best way to stitch those teeeeensy flowers and it was put on pause.
  • The cross-stitch pictured is from a kit bought at the Bronte House about 12 years ago. It’s a reproduction of a sampler Charlotte Bronte stitched as a little girl. She must’ve had amazing eyesight, because this has lingered for so long simply because it is so tiny I can barely see it. But there’s only one line left to stitch!
  • And lastly, those blue-gray blobby flowers? Those are updated from a pattern book from 1915 and are something I started a very, very long time ago. I honestly doubt I’ll get to this one in time, but I can give it a sporting try, right? Those flowers are all done in satin stitch, and there’s leaves too, and it’s a slow project – but I do enjoy it a lot.

Although not officially tied to the &Stitches finish-along because it’s not embroidery, I’d also love to see this pile finished:

Knitting Projects to Finish-along

Again, all projects nearly done, it’s just silly that they’re still lingering. The magenta is my Henslowe shawl, which only needs blocking. The white is a secret thing that may possibly become a pattern – with very little knitting left to do. The camel alpaca project is a new shawl for my now-home-from-the-hospital mother. To be fair, this has only been on the needles for about a week, but I’m already on the edging and I don’t want it to linger, so I’ve included it. And the mustard colored project is a sock for my brother (the second of the pair) which is perfect for train travel and my upcoming visit to Amsterdam.

EPP project to finish-along

And lastly, this set of English Paper Pieced pillow covers, a gift for my mother now over a year late. Yikes. EPP is slow going, which is why I like it, but it is admittedly very unlikely to be finished quickly. However, one top is already finished and the other is about halfway, so it’s worth mentioning it here and hoping for the best.

These are, sadly, not all of my UFOs, but they are the UFOs that I: a.) definitely want to finish. There are one or two I’m not convinced about continuing, so they aren’t taking part in the finish-along, and b.) are far enough along that quick completion isn’t a pipe dream. Long-term UFOs like my Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt don’t count, those are meant to be ongoing. I tend to only get frustrated by projects that linger unnecessarily, and that brings me to my one and only crafty resolution for 2014:

Less projects, more often.

Because I start too many projects at once, they all take for-ev-ar to finish, which means I’m totally sick of the sight of them by the time I get near the end, which means I let them pile up to this point I’m at now but I really don’t want to work on them anymore! This year, I want to have fewer WIPs going at once, so that I finish them and move on to new things faster. Shortening the cycle, as it were.

And the best place to start? Clearing out the basket. Let’s go!

8 Comments on Finish-along with &Stitches

  1. Nicole Follow the White Bunny
    January 9, 2014 at 15:38 (4 years ago)

    I like your slogan! I’m just like you: starting lots of stuff and taking forever to finish. So far the Finish Along has really helped me to focus on one project. Maybe if I finish in time I’ll even start on finishing another one!

  2. wendy
    January 9, 2014 at 15:40 (4 years ago)

    why not show us the Eels Lyrics and maybe someone can suggest something for the teeny flowers? Sorry if you already have, I’m a fairly new reader! The blue blobby flowers are fab, I was drawn to them right away!

  3. Jessica
    January 9, 2014 at 16:17 (4 years ago)

    Your pile of projects is so crazy pretty! Sitting right next to each other, I’m struck by how similar both sets of flowers are…

  4. Mita Saldana
    January 9, 2014 at 20:12 (4 years ago)

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one who starts twelve-thousand projects a year! I end up forgetting about them. A couple of days ago I dug out my UFOs to also do the &Stitches finish along. Good luck to you (and me too!)

  5. lilirious
    January 12, 2014 at 13:19 (4 years ago)

    Yes! I totally agree! I always start too many things.. some of the projects I’m working on have been wips for the past 2-3 years.. I really need to get those done and never let it come that far! :)

  6. sophie
    January 17, 2014 at 21:47 (4 years ago)

    LOVE the blue flowers – so pretty! And the paper-pieced patchwork is gorgeous you must finish it because it will look sooooo lovely :D
    Maybe you could do bullion roses on your eels lyrics, but they might be too chunky- you could do tiny satin stitch instead?

  7. Rebecca
    January 25, 2014 at 02:31 (4 years ago)

    I have always loved seeing photos of that French knot sampler, I hope to see it finished this year! It’s so gorgeous!

    And I am trying EPP for the first time and I love it. Those pillow covers are beautiful, the colors are fantastic!

  8. Tisha
    February 2, 2014 at 22:54 (4 years ago)

    Oh, I have a pile but I chose one to focus on. If I think out all of the unfinished embroidery I will never get them done.

    Good luck on your UFOs.


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