June 29, 2011

Random Afternoon Question

This week's question is running a little late. We took the day off today and I keep thinking it's the weekend, LOL!

What do you feel/do when you finish a piece? Do you have the next piece lined up? Do you take some time off? Do you feel a sense of accomplishment or a sense of loss?

I have kind of a loss of stitching mojo when I finish something. I don't want to think or start another piece for at least a few days. I think part of the reason is cos I'm a slow starter, but when I'm 3/4 of the way there, I go stitch-crazy and power through to the end. When I finish, all I want to do for the next few days is to look at the finished piece, which is always placed against the back of a recliner that faces the couch, where I can look over and see it at all hours of the day. I don't want to think about another start, I don't want to look at another pattern, I don't want to do anything else but enjoy what I have just finished.

A lot of my friends put off stitching those last few stitches cos they don't want to see the project come to an end... I don't understand that. :)

17 comments :

Heidi said...

I feel exactly like you do! When I get close to a finish, I power through! It's exactly the same, I hang it on the back of my stitching recliner and enjoy looking at it before I stuff it in the closet! LOL! And I take some time off of stitching too! Funny.....we's the same, you and me! HAHAHAHA
I just need to frame my stuff as quickly as you do. 20+ finished stitching projects in the closet is embarassing!

Joysze said...

You can send them to me... I'll find places here to hang them up. HAHAHAHA!!!!

Lissanne said...

I feel such accomplishment and just want to start the next project! I am on my first BAP and can't seem to slow down I am barreling through so I can get the baby framed. I feel like I have lost so much not stitching for so many years and am finding such joy in seeing projects come to life on my fabric. I wsnt to fill up my walls with finishes!

Andie said...

Oh I LOVE finishing! I usually leave the beading for last and I LOVE beading so when I am near the end I try to stitch faster so I can get the beads on then I stitch them on as fast as I can so I can see it finished in all its glory :D I wish I could hang it over a chair for a few days but not with the Misses Sticky Fingers around :D I usually have planned and ready what I am stitching next so roll it straight on ready to go when I get the time to stitch next.... I don't want to waste anytime.... theres so many I want to do after all! lol

Topcho said...

When finishing the stitching part, I'm usually quite fast to strart the next project. But it takes me some time to completely finish it, that to say, frame the work (rarely), or finish it in whatever fashion I have in mind

Kim said...

I celebrate finishing things and like to look at them a lot too, but it is like letting a friend go as well, so I do feel sad. I usually have a rest for a day or two depending on either how determined or eager I was to finish the piece.

Lonneke said...

When I am close to finishing I can't seem to stop stitching and will stitch all through the night to get as much as possible done.
I am always happy when I finished a piece and almost always feel very pleased with myself for finishing it. At the same time I feel excited about being able to start a new one. Choosing a chart (though lately I have some trouble with that, too many gorgeous charts to choose from!), gathering everything needed and looking forward to put in the first stitch. Love it.
Off course I have to put the finished piece somewhere when I can look at it all day for quite some time.

wendy111 said...

I love finishing a piece and will speed up or send longer stitching when the end is in sight. I do tend to look at them once finished as well, and then get them framed (I love the final product).

Finishing means I can do something else, and there is always something else started or ready to start. I also love finding and kitting up new projects (a bit too much really!!!!!!!!)

Rachel said...

I'm a lot like Andie on this one. I power through when I am nearing the end and if there's beading, that is just pure heaven! I don't get to admire my finish for long...with 2 kids and 5 cats and a hubby who works on cars and comes home quite dirty, it goes in my cedar chest after I wash and iron it (if needed). Then maybe in the next ten years or so it will get framed and I get that 'finishing feeling' all over again! :)I don't usually take time off stitching after a finish, I just pick something else up (most likely one of my many WIPs in 'rotation') and keep on trucking!

Heather M. said...

I'm someone who can't wait to start the next project! I do usually have more then one project going at a time, usually little quick ones (not always cross stitch). I like to make ornaments as gifts for friends and neighbors. I'll keep several of those on hand to work on during big projects. So when I'm done, I'm doing the Snoopy Dance and starting another!

Pauline said...

O...yes, i always have another idea in my head to stitch...no minutes without my embroiderie work!
So when i finished a work a start inmidiatly antoher one!

TammyK said...

You have to have actually finished something in order to answer this question & quite frankly it's been so long for me I've forgotten what I do ;-)

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

LOL at Tammy K!
I love getting something finished and it does seem to speed up my stitching towards the end.
I ahev to have the next project ready and waiting or I get "itchy".
Because I stitch two at a time I can always pick up my daytime piece in the evening but not vice versa. Can't imagine doing a Mira with small boy around!
If I'm stuck without a daytime project I'll sort stash!

demeter83 said...

I'm planning before I finish!
I get doubly excited when I'm coming up to a finish, excited that I can see the finish in sight, but also excited that I'm going to be able to pick something new to start!

Tama said...

I love a finish - it makes me really happy! Once I get one done, I show it off for a day or two. Then, since I'm a rotation stitcher, I usally grab the one the next-closest to being done. Really makes me work on that one for a good long bit... the thought of having two finishes so close! I don't feel any real sense of loss since everything I stitch ends up owned by a family member, usually grabbed by my mother, brother, or sister.

mdgtjulie said...

I love to have a finish, mostly because I tend to be a BAP kind of girl, and so I rarely have an actual finish. (Page and part finishes keep me going, but they aren't really a FINISH, if you know what I mean.) I like to jump right into the next thing though. I love new starts almost as much as I love finishes. I'm not a fast stitcher by any means, but I enjoy the process, so it all works out for me. (Luckily, I like to kit, start, process, and finish. And frame, lol. I just like all parts of my craft!)

Mia said...

LOL no problem with "what's next" - got a zillioin wips/ufos to do...
It's a wonderful fealing of accomplishment!!! :) <3