Do you ever get to the point where you decide to shelf a needlework project indefinitely? Here’s one I just shelved…
This is a spring tea cloth from Anchor (a Fleur de Lys kit), worked in a variety of surface embroidery stitches. On its own, when considering the various recommended stitches, it’s not anything too elaborate – the stitches are simple, and the interpretation of the individual motifs is equally simple.
The garden image goes all around all four sides. And I think it’s pretty enough, but every time I sit down to work on it, I am not particularly “grabbed” (as in, enchanted, delighted, interested, and so forth!).
I’m having a heck of a time deciding on how to stitch those blue bell thingies. The pattern calls for satin stitch, using three strands of floss. Well, that just looks ridiculous! So I tried all different kinds of stitches, from split stitch filling (I think that’s what’s on there right now) to long and short stitch (I’ll probably revisit that one – it was a bit too poofy with three strands, but I’ll take Margaret’s advice and try it with two), to satin stitch with three threads, then two threads, then even padded and the top worked with one thread. None of the latter satisfied!
I’ve had this kit, actually, for about two or three years, and I took it out for the first time about a year ago. I worked the round pink things in the front and some of the stems at the time, but then put it away. The next time I took it out, I worked the yellow flowers and then put it away.
So here I am, putting it away again. I thought, about a month ago, that I might be able to finish the piece up for a Christmas present. So I took it out and worked a few stitches.
I’m not sure why this project doesn’t grab me. It should be a rather relaxing embroidery project, simply because it’s relatively simple. I picture it being fun to work on. Yet every time I take it out, I barely manage a few stitches before I toss it aside for something else! Why?
By the way, Margaret’s stitching the same project, only she’s almost finished with hers, and she made Vast Improvements on the kit as she went, shading and adding different colors and stitch types, etc. I can’t wait to see her finished version – maybe it will inspire some determination in me to take this up again and really finish it!
Do you have any ongoing projects that you regularly set aside for other things? If so, why do you shelf them? And is there any “trigger” that causes you to take them out again and determine to finish them?