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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Thinking 'bout Stitching

Even before I started this blog, I had thoughts of creating a "stitching rotation," with the idea that it would keep me motivated, organized, and prioritized. Well, of course, I dutifully compiled my list, kitted up several projects, and set my clock. It never really got off the ground, and I think I know why.

Now that I'm up and running in the stitching blogosphere, I am re-examining my motivation to stitch, and really don't think I will hold myself to a system or schedule ever again.

The stitching blogs that tout rotations, goals, tallies of finishes, and bemoan the ever-present UFOs, make me wonder if the love of the craft/artform hasn't been transformed into the "chore" of stitching.

Some evenings I get "start-itis" and get such a high, pulling all the threads and picking out fabric. Is there anything like that feeling?

I want to stitch for the sheer joy of it, switching pieces as my mood changes, with no time pressures or feelings of obligation. I want to prop my feet up, gather my threads around me, and watch a picture unfold in my hands, and love every minute of it!

4 comments:

  1. I just love to stitch... if I have to have several blogs...multiple lists and such to do it in a way that fits resolutions then it wouldn't be fun... I just wing it.

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  2. Hi Pam, thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a very nice comment. I have listed you at my Google Reader so that I can keep up with your updates. And, I agree with what you said--just enjoy the stitching. The quilt squares I stitch do have deadlines, but I just love stitching them!

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  3. Pam, your Sampler is Awesome. I to have Starteritis lol, never knew it had a name.

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  4. Here, here Pam! Well said! That is one of the main reasons I was falling off the wagon. It just didn't fit into my life very well. Sure I saved money but it was becoming a chore and I didn't like that. I want my stitching to be my little haven, where I can retreat to so I can relax.

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