Gay Ann Rogers Needlework

Needlepoint Lessons






Needlepoint Lessons of Mine:

Lesson 5: How Do I Know I'm Finished?



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Part 2

What happens when months later I think of something I wish I had done differently: different color, different thread, different shape or different bead. This is an endless game that we all go through, and over time I've learned how to deal with it. Here's my solution.


I've decided I never really finish anything. Yes, I've moved on from one project to another, but nothing is ever really finished. I look at my past projects and think they're all an ongoing string of ideas and what I don't like about one, I try to fix in the next one.


It's all just one big long unending evolution.


Part 3

Looking back. The odd thing about it is, over time my attitude toward a project can change and what I didn't like about it a year ago is the very thing I like about it now. So I ask myself, why didn't I like this? Not a clue.


And the reverse can happen too: an effect I loved a while back doesn't appeal at all now.


Part 4

Making a perfect project. Guess what, it is never going to happen, so quit worrying about it. Enjoy the journey and move on.

It's easy to know when you're finished if you are working from a pattern, but what about knowing you're finished when you have no pattern?


I encounter this all the time: I've filled the canvas, I've stitched all I planned to stitch, but am I really finished? Is there something more I should add? How can I tell?


When I think I've finished, I set the design aside for a day or two, then bring fresh eyes to it and see if there are elements I might want to add. In the case of Eleanor's Coin Purse, I kept trying to add more beads. I'd baste a new bead in place, leave it for a while and decide no, and cut it out.


When a number of days had gone by and I tried but hadn't changed anything about it, I decided no more tries, I cut it out and assembled it.


When the urge to add something or change something stops, I forget about trying and move my attention on to a new project,  the project is finished.


Bottom line: there is no absolute way to know I'm finished.

Eleanor's Coin Purse

More beads just gilded the lily; eventually I stopped trying and decided it was finished.