You may not have noticed, but there is now a tab at the top of this blog call "Rotation." If you do not know what a stitching rotation is, let me tell you. Many stitchers are also collectors and have what is commonly referred to as a "stash" of patterns and kits, as well as a pile of WIPs (works in progress), and the (need we mention) UFOs (unfinished objects).
Although it is close to heaven for a stitcher to browse (paw through) his or her stash, there is the inevitable feeling that we will never, and I mean never, live long enough to stitch it all.
One solution to try is a rotation, where you pick out a group of pieces you really want to stitch. You then stitch on one piece for a decided-upon length of time (say 10 hours), and then move on to the next.
It gives the stitcher a sense of accomplishment and organization, and also offers variety in what you are working on.
I have tried rotation in the past, and have decided to return to this method. So far I have been very successful. My list of projects is enumerated under the tab above. It is a mixture of WIPs and new projects, because variety is the spice of life, right? This will also give me the added benefit of giving me plenty to blog about!
My first shift of 10 hours (my decided upon shift length) produced some real progress on my Angel of the Sea.
I should mention that I have joined a "support group," called Rotation Stitchers, and they are a very supportive group. You might want to check them out if this approach appeals to you.
I am also using the iPad app called HoursTracker. Here I can list all my stitching projects, and let it keep track of the time spent on each. So far it is working out great. The following shows the screen where it logged my 10 hours on Angel.
So, here is my total progress so far:
At this writing, I have moved on to my next piece, a Civil War design called "Union Fife & Drum Corps," because we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and I am a history nut, so.....stay tuned for the next Rotation Progress Report !!