Stitching and Life in the Company of Pets

Sunday, August 30, 2009

First Stitches

Well, not really the first, but the first in about 10 years. I finally did some work on a UFO that I last worked on about 10 years ago. Back in March of either '98 or '99 I started Trick or Treat Mice. It was back before I had even thought about working on anything except aida. While the black aida was a bit more difficult to work on than the lighter colors I'd used, it didn't seem to bad. However, after working on it for several hours a day a couple days in a row (I was at a retreat, so had three days of uninterrupted stitching time, so it was getting around 10+ hours each of the first two days), I started to get a headache.

Instead of switching projects, I kept going. By the time I put it down I had such a nasty headache I was quite nauseous, and then I still had the drive home, not a good arrangement at all. After that, every time I went to pick it up, I found I just didn't want to work on it. I'd think about working on it off and on over the years, but never got myself to actually do it, I'd always switch to another project. Last year, I set working on this as one of my goals. While I didn't actually stitch on it, I did at least get it off the old heavy scroll bars it was on and put onto some smaller lighter Q snaps (which I much prefer working with and I didn't know about back when I started Mice).

Three weeks ago I decided I'd make myself do at least a few stitches, and I gave it about an hour. Since then, while I've not given it a lot of time, I have worked on it a bit more. I still find I have to push myself to pick it up, but once I start working on it I enjoy it. Hopefully after a while I won't have to push so much to pick it up and work on it. So, here's where I am now (the coloring here is actually pretty close to what it looks like)
and here's where it was when I left it over 10 years ago (this is much more orange/red than it really is).
Not a lot of headway, but I think it can now qualify as a WIP again rather than a very old UFO. My goal is to give it at least a half hour to an hour each week.

In addition to Mice, I finished up the multicolor cat mat I was working on.
While you probably won't see a lot of Mice, as I don't imagine it will progress quickly, please give me a poke now and then if you don't see it at all. I'd really like to get it done, as the little guys are so cute. Here's what it will look like finished.

20 Comments:

  • At 11:44 AM , Blogger Dee said...

    My shop owner says you need a 12-stitch program. Twelve stitches a day, every day and you'll eventually get finished.

    Don't know whether she is right. LOL I'm not sure the lure of 12 stitches would give me the incentive to pull the piece out of the pile.

    Maybe the hope is that once you do 12 stitches, you'll keep going.

     
  • At 3:27 PM , Blogger Tammy said...

    Ohhhh, I have that sweet little Halloween mouse project! It's adorable?! Oh, please finish so I can see it and live through you, lol. It looks so pretty already!

     
  • At 4:26 PM , Blogger blue star stitcher said...

    The mice are adorable, maybe you'll even have it finished by Halloween! It's amazing how different the pumpkins look between the two pictures. Good luck getting it done.

     
  • At 7:08 PM , Blogger Dani - tkdchick said...

    Good for you, for trying to wrap up that UFO... as Dee said, it just takes a few stitches a day! It will be very cute in the end!

     
  • At 10:11 PM , Blogger Lynn said...

    Is this a Lori Burmingham (not the way it's spelled but I think you know who I mean) piece?? I LOVE her stuff, but they're very involved. It's gonna look cute when it's done. I think you can do it!

     
  • At 10:12 PM , Blogger Lynn said...

    Ok Lorri Birmingham. I finally found it on line!!

     
  • At 5:43 AM , Blogger Mylene said...

    That is sure a cute design, hope you get to finish it.

    Thanks so much for your comment on my blog.

     
  • At 6:43 PM , Blogger Lynn said...

    I remember that Mice pattern very well. I've got it here somewhere in all my stash. Was it from a magazine? Anyways it's very cute and will look great when it's completed. I have a UFO that has been finished for at least 10 yrs now, all except the backstitching. I got so sick of it that I can't bring myself to finish it. Maybe I should drag it out again!

     
  • At 10:53 PM , Blogger claudia said...

    Good for you getting out that cute stitch! I really need to do that too. It is going to be great when you do get it finished...it'll give you such a feeling of accomplishment!

     
  • At 9:01 AM , Blogger Kathy A. said...

    Oh that is lovely. Please keep working on it as I am sure it will wonderful done. I love the 12 stitches idea. Wonder if I could apply it to something.

     
  • At 1:04 PM , Blogger Meari said...

    At least your making progress, and that's what counts! Another pretty cat mat. Way to go. :)

     
  • At 4:44 PM , Blogger Lucy said...

    Black is hard to work on....but that project is really cute!

     
  • At 7:43 AM , Blogger Dawn B. said...

    I like the 12 stitch programe sugested by DEE. Looks as though you made some good progress. Keep it up. Love the Kittie mat.

     
  • At 4:32 PM , Blogger Ranae said...

    Yay! for the UFO
    Check out my blog
    you are a winner

     
  • At 3:45 PM , Blogger Wendy said...

    Oooh that mice design looks so great!! Keep working on it, it is a wonderful design.

    I know how it feels to have an UFO, I'm about to get an UFO, but that is so sorry, because they are all such wonderful designs. So sorry not to finish it.

     
  • At 6:14 PM , Blogger CritterLady62 said...

    Oh I'm so glad to see that you actually put a few stitches into Mice. It really is an adorable project and once you get it done you're going to love it!

     
  • At 12:27 PM , Blogger Doris said...

    the mice look so cute!!.

     
  • At 11:14 PM , Blogger Tammy said...

    that is a cute pattern!! I love the mice but i hate fabric. Good luck to you!!

     
  • At 5:53 AM , Blogger Hazel said...

    Well done on getting out your UFO again. Love the cat mat. x

     
  • At 6:28 PM , Blogger Pumpkin said...

    What an adorable pattern! Black is hard to work on. I think you have the right idea to take your time and only work on it for so long each week. You made great progress :o)

     

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