Last week I reworked a design for a friend to give to another friend, so she could teach it to ladies in her church. These ladies will stitch up ornaments and use them as a fund raiser this fall for their church. This week I received this little “Thank you” from the florist. Isn’t it just darling? It would make a great needlework.
I am working on my next Eagle that will have to be preserved for a later date. I am almost finished with him, so it takes me about two weeks to stitch each Eagle. I think I will have to wait for other two…I need to stitch on something fun for just me.
And a blog of a blog asked this…
Suppose we say that there are two types of stitchers.
There are those who enjoy the “process” of stitching. They stitch for stitching’s sake and if something gets finished, so much the better, but it’s not necessarily the end goal. Primarily, it’s the application of needle and thread to cloth that makes them happiest.
Then there are those who are “project” stitchers. They move steadily through their projects, certainly enjoying their stitching time, but finding their greatest joy in the completed stitching.
If you had to pick one to describe yourself, which type of stitcher would you be? I imagine that we could all say that we fall somewhere in between, but really think hard about this and try to pick just one. And once you’ve decided whether you’re a Process or Project stitcher, tell us if your recognize that approach in other parts of your life.
This question was first posted by Lee at Lake Stitcher (http://lakestitcher.blogspot.com/2010/05/may-stitching-bloggers-question.html) and Donna at Needleworker not in paridise (http://majtravaux.blogspot.com/2010/05/stitching-bloggers-question.html ) posted her thoughts today.
My answer is: “It depends on the piece and it is usually both. When I first start a piece it is the process; I love to pick the threads, stitches, techniques and embellishments for a piece but I also usually always have a finished piece in mind and will try to stitch the piece to completion. Sometimes the piece gets weighed down in the process and will be set aside for a time but usually I will come back to the original concept and whether I finish the original piece or start anew I usually will finish the piece in some form. …And I have several of these in process project pieces floating around my workshop.
The Eagle started out as a project piece but as I was stitching he was a process piece. I enjoyed finding what I considered the best stitches and threads for the different areas of the eagle. As his personality emerged, he became more fun to stitch. The second and third Eagles were also both project (they needed to get done) but the process was stitching each Eagle’s personality into the canvas. I think that is what is making these last Eagles more difficult I am just stitching projects, the process has been established and even though each eagle will have his own personality they are more project than process.
At heart I am a process stitcher but in reality most of the time I am a project stitcher.
This is a heady subject for Mother’s Day week-end. To all the mother’s out there…have a wonderful day and do what pleases you most.