I am seriously thinking along those lines. My fingers are getting
sore, and I really have no desire to do any projects. My walls are
full and there is no one I want to make anything for.
Should I wait a year, or just tote all my floss, Persian wool,
crochet needles etc to the next local craft show and give it all away?
When do you know you've had enough?
first - put it up here - some one will pay postage to get it.
Second - I've left and returned to needlework a few times. And have 20
year old WIPS to show for it..
Give yourself 6 months to a year. Do something else for a hobby. Paint,
knit, garden, take up glass blowing - what ever takes your fancy. While
I love the finish, it the process for me.
Hugs and stick around here.
Don't do it! Just put things away. Chances are almost certain that
within a year or two that you will be ready to stitch! Or a friend or
relative will want to learn, and you will be able to teach and to
share your goodies. Or someone will have a baby. Or someone will be
ill or disabled. And you will be able to make a perfect gift! I
have on occasion put various things away, and have ALWAYS gone back to
them in one capacity or another -- knitting, crochet, tatting,
weaving, painting, and quilting.
I couldn't have said it better. Life is rhythmic. We go in and out,
never really letting go. The same question crossed my mind. I quickly
dismissed it. I'll be out of school. I'll pick up needle and thread,
or knitting needles, or a crochet hook. I'll see something at just the
right time and the urge will return. I've done the same with music over
the years. I get passionate, it wanes, and I go back stronger than ever.
Such is life.
I get ya. I had to find a crochet hook recently - delved into my 30
yo stash. After all, they don't take up to much space.
It depends on whether you`re a hoarder or not - I`m afraid I am. I have
boxes of stuff lurking that I don`t have a clue about - but to be honest, I
think a clear-out is imminent. My one good hand seems to have developed
arthritis (going to see the doctor next week) and I find it painful to hold
a needle or write or even hold my cutlery to eat! If I close my fingers up
too much they either lock or sort of click back into place!
Probably because the hand has done the work of two for the last 20 years, so
I can`t really complain about it! To sound like Polyanna, at least it has
encouraged me to get a robot vacuum cleaner, which is completely brilliant.
(named "Mary-Anne") She arrived this week after we`d bought "Daisy" a
couple of months ago. We were so pleased with Daisy we gave her to our
daughter and bought Mary-Anne! We thought they were just a gimmick/toy but
they certainly do a magnificent job and no pushing a heavy Dyson round! The
Dyson has been relegated to the garage.
WE all have times we feel we can`t touch our work tools and
Do not give away all of it , but use the time to reorganize all you
i have at such times gone through my books and mags , and culled out
those i haven`t used nor needed for years, and put those in a box
aside to be given , exchanged with other fiberartists.
I am constantly sharing with others materials of all sorts, also get
materials tools from others.
i am trying to use up older materials in anyway possible ,,
On 12/12/11 10:02 PM, in article
A good question. DH & I were discussing this while driving around DC on New
Year's Eve EVE... We went to visit Tom (Jefferson Memorial) - where we were
married (not so doable anymore), surprisingly several groups of people
wandering thru - at 11 pm. And this de-stashing came up.
I think when you just feel uninspired and like doing a project is work,
gives you no joy it's definitely time for a break. Our infamously not fully
unpacked rec room which is a large open space - part media, the other part
my sewing/stitchin' had me doing the "what do I do with this stuff"
thinking. And for me, I decided that the reality of projects which I have
no desire to do - or place to put if I do them - said - start divesting.
So, I've started sorting things - some going to friends I know will enjoy
them, others into a pile for donations somewhere.
I haven't had the full "don't want to do anything" feeling - but I have had
the stitching hiatus - a few times in the last 20 years. In the past 10,
I've found myself knitting when taking time off. And then found after a
while, my fingers itching to pick up my stitching - so off again.
Maybe look at what you have, and think about it - what really will you not
be able to finish/do, and what may in a while intrigue you. I wouldn't dump
it all too quickly - but you might winnow it down. For the sore fingers -
maybe some therapy gloves, shorter times of stitching, hand massages. I've
starting being more likely to do alternative finishing rather than framing.
Sounds like you should at the least take a break and relax. Maybe look at
the situation in a month or two, and revisit.
Regardless - think of having a happy new year with which to enjoy life.
Sorry to hear about this, Pat. Hopefully the doctor can help you with this
- my DF had terrible arthritis in his hands, and besides some meds which
helped a bit, honestly his favorite thing was a Paraffin Wax tub thing -
which you see used in nail salons. He'd put his hands in the wax, then sit
with the special warming gloves on for about 30 min - and felt much better
for an evening, and could use his hands.
Love hearing about Mary-Anne. DH thinks we should get a Dyson canister, as
it's a PITA trying to do the stairs with the big Dyson. We were in a shop
looking recently, and I saw the Roomba again, telling him that once we've
got some things all to the base zero of clean, that we should give in and
get the robot vac for the downstairs. It is honestly too much for me to
keep up with - so glad to hear you've had good success.
Keeping some good thoughts for the doctor visit!
Answering my own post. I just finished my last needlepoint project - took
almost two years, of which maybe 5 months was spent stitching. I re-read
all your answers and think I will whittle down the stash and get it into a
I recently had the pleasure of viewing the Bayeux tapestry....and a little
voice said, "You can duplicate that horse or boat....". I was quite surpri
sed to see that the gift shop there had NO needlework kits!! ( Relieved, ki
nda.) Just ff like cheesy mugs with a guy on a horse and the words "I saw
the Bayeux tapestry" and an arrow pointing to the guy on the horse. What w
as THAT arrow for?