The other day I was organizing all of my craft supplies in a rolling cabinet that had recently become the former home of my husband’s original Nintendo Games. I was glad to get the storage space, and even went so far as to unpack supply remnants that were still in boxes from when we moved here to Texas, almost two years ago. As I dug through the stiff paint brushes, pots of paint – now mostly dried up, and scraps of fabric and embroidery thread, I discovered a project that I remember working on in college. It was a white linen wrap skirt I had made and begun embroidering and beading a border around the bottom.
For the life of me, I can’t remember why I stopped that project, and after studying the intricate pattern of the embroidery, I can’t remember which colors of thread and beads were supposed to go where. I also can’t remember why I chose to use red, green, and gold as my colors… the thought of the finished product now makes me cringe a little and question those choices.
This discovery got me thinking about other projects that were started but never finished. Remember those eggs I wrote about in my post, “The Doldrums of Inspiration”? Then there is the crocheted blanket/shawl that has been in the bottom drawer of my dresser for, oh, about seven years now. I was also steadily working on a cute little needlepoint featuring a teapot and a sentiment about friendship that I started about a year and a half ago. It’s about 3/4 of the way finished, but for some reason I haven’t picked it back up.
I am at a loss to discover a cause for this apparent disinterest. I know I wouldn’t have even started these projects if I had known from the beginning that I wouldn’t finish them.
What about you? Do you have any projects that you have started and then stopped just short of completion? Even better, have you ever finally completed a project long since forgotten? Leave me a comment and let me hear your stories!