I have posted about this project before. My latest post on this topic can be seen here. I had started it many years ago and then had put it away to work on other projects. I had made a mistake which was going to cause me to undo quite a few stitches. Every time I thought about taking that on I lost enthusiasm. It languished unfinished for many years.
In March of this year as spring time weather was putting me in the mood I thought about spring time projects that I had stitched. This unfinished project came to mind and I dug it out. I made up my mind that I would not work on any other projects until I had finished this one. It still took me some time but I am very happy that I have finished the stitching.
I will next decide on the frame that I will use. I have every intention of getting it framed and on display relatively quickly, before the summer season passes.
Now that I have accomplished my goal I can get excited about other projects that are waiting in the wings. Perhaps I will work on some Christmas stitching projects that I want to do, or there’s an autumn sampler that I have been thinking about. Then there is another long-term project of a hummingbird afghan that perhaps deserves some attention…. The possibilities are endless. Of course, I might take some time off from stitching and catch up on my reading or blogging or countless other interests.
Realistically and in all honesty, I am not likely to take time off from stitching completely. Stitching is my therapy, my calming activity, the quiet time pursuit when I feel most content, my stress reducer. We all need that kind of release. I must warn though that it cross stitch is not a pursuit for everyone. It requires much attention to detail and patience. I love seeing the designs evolve on fabric, but it definitely is not something that gives instant gratification. Still, I think everyone should give it a try.
[Project Details: Hide and Seek from For the Love of Cross Stitch, May 2001. Design worked on 32 count antique white linen using 2 strands of DMC floss over 2 fabric threads.]