Before I discovered the wonderful world of scrapbooking, I used to do cross stitching. I started off with small kits, progressed to various kits of Country companions and Forever friends, which were very popular at the time, and went on to larger and more ambitious projects. I have them all framed and hanging round the house and I’m still rather fond of them all.
Like all my hobbies, I enjoy the shopping and hoarding part of the craft and have several kits waiting to be started. I was just getting into all things Disney and was acquiring kits with that theme at an alarming rate. Disney, of course, is what led me to The Dibb, and Bev and Fiona which led to scrapbooking and then to the decline of cross stitch. This was back in 2001/2002
But, I was halfway through a cross stitch project when my interest faded out and although I’ve tried several times to finish it, my heart just isn’t in it. The problem is, I don’t like it. I didn’t pick it you see. I had this lovely Dragon winding round a castle kit all ready to go. I’d been saving it for ages, waiting until I felt experienced enough to do it. Then, my mother saw this kit and thought it would be wonderful if I made it for Stephen, so she bought it for him/me. Sigh.
It’s not small. 20cm x 25.5cm. Plus it’s a flamin’ hedgehog. Do you know how fiddly those Country Companion hedgehogs are? I’ll tell you. The bristles are done using two colours in the needle at a time. Just for a few stitches, then you need to change to a different two colours. It takes forever. There are three shades of blue in his sleeves. Three shades of red in his hat. six shades of grey. You get the idea.
I’ve thrown stacks of money at it, buying different frames and stands in the hope of making it easy enough to do that I’ll get it finished. At the moment it’s in a freestanding one. All the bits I need to start sewing are at hand. It’d take me three minutes tops to be sitting down and stitching. But, still not interested.
So, here’s my dilemma. I would really like to start doing a bit of cross stitching again. Especially after seeing what Tree has been posting on her blog. And also after she’s challenged me to start stitching again. I can’t resist a challenge! However, I just can’t see me finishing that flamin’ hedgehog.
On the one hand, I hate to give up on a project, and I’m pretty sure that if I pack this particular project away, it’ll never see the light of day again. On the other hand, if I don’t I’m fairly certain that I won’t be getting around to any of my other cross stitch kits. Ever. And they are very, very nice, and I’d love to do them some time soon. Plus, they’re small enough to be do-able and aren’t intimidating.
There’s these for instance.
Piglet’s new friend, Tigger’s new friend etc. Small, simple, cute and only around 10cm. Then there’s the flower collection. Slightly larger at around 12 or 14cm but still simple and cute. Pooh’s flowers, Eeyore’s flowers etc.
I also have three slightly larger stand-alone Winnie the Pooh kits, plus a gorgeous calendar kit with the twelve panels. That’d be lovely to do as each panel would be like a separate piece. Then I have the ‘Pooh’s Millennium firework display’ kit. That one’s a limited edition and is gorgeous. It shows the characters looking up at the fireworks which are splashed across the night sky. Quite large, and I haven’t worked on black aida before but worth the effort. Then, there’s my dragon round the castle which I now need to work up to again.
So, what to do? I hate to be a quitter but I just don’t want to do that hedgehog. Never did, to be honest and I can’t say I’ve ever enjoyed working on it. Should I feel guilty for ditching it and seeing if I can get back into stitching by doing something that I’d really like to do?