Saturday, May 10, 2014

When it's not working

What do you do when a project is just not working?  For some reason (which makes no sense to me now) this seemed like a great idea for a smallish rug last weekend.   Well it's not working out like I had hoped.  Actually I'm really not liking it at all.  


This afternoon I convinced myself to just keep going - it would get better.  (Somehow miraculously transform into something I like).   Every strip I pulled was torture.  It just feels like a waste of wool.  I think I'm going to abandon for now

What do you do when a project goes sideways?   Do you keep going or throw it in the "someday" pile?  One cross stitching blogger I follow has an interesting way of dealing with these situations -- she burns it.  Lol 

I have to show you this sweet gift I received yesterday.  A watercolor of forget-me-nots in a teacup.  I just love it 



18 comments:

  1. I usually put it away for a while. It would be sad to burn that beautiful rug.

    What is it you don't like about it, the colors, the pattern? Sometimes just changing a color will do the trick. I'd say just put it away for a little while and work on something else for now.
    JB

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  2. Kim, I think this is a stressful time for you right now so maybe just leave it for now and surround yourself with close friends.

    Big hugs.
    JB

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  3. Hi Kim,
    Julia may be right and believe me I have been there. Sometimes things just don't work at certain times. But I don't think what you've hooked is that bad at all.... every rug is a learning experience... like it or not!
    Take care this weekend.... I know it will be a rough one with Mother's Day and all. Know you are being thought of and sending bug hugs!!
    Cathy G

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  4. Me I put it away to never see the light of day again ugg it is a was of wool but sometimes you just can't get past it. I like it but if you don't you are the only one who matters. I love the water color they are my favorites they have a wonderful softness to them.
    Cathy

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  5. That is a lovely painting. Spring flowers :)

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  6. Kim ~
    Don't burn it!!! One day you may desperately need something to hook, and you'll pull it out and find it's not bad at all.
    Thinking of you and sending a big hug :)
    Lauren

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  7. I usually take a match to my projects that become frustrating, but if I just don't like the look, I bury it in stash. I agree with your readers. Put it away and some time in the future, you may feel differently about it. If you don't, buy some hot dogs and get some long forks.

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  8. I am having that same problem with my chicken rug. I hook for a while but I just hate it. I am going to finish it though, just because. I guess I am bull headed that way. I really like the design that you are doing, I think it looks happy and carefree.
    I would put it away if you can, but I swear the unfinished ones call to me until they are finished.
    Or maybe start another one? Can you do that? I can't very well, it is hard for me to change gears. I do cheat though and do counted cross stitch. Maybe you just need to knit. :)

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  9. Hi Kim, I love your rug, looks beautiful as does your Foget me nots, such a pretty painting, Francine.

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  10. I honestly like the way it is turning out... The watercolor is also very sweet and pretty! Hang in there girlfriend!

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  11. I'm not an expert at hooking or sewing or needlepoint. So those kinds of projects I can't comment about. However, I do have other projects that I've had to make a choice to continue on or do it over. I never thought of burning it up....my homeowners insurance might not cover that! Ha! Love, love, love the painting! Beautiful!

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  12. Sweet watercolor! As for projects not going the way I think they should...I set them aside and go back later...or not. I have tossed several started and never finished projects.

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  13. Put it away or just look at what is really bugging you about it and rip it out . It sounds harsh but I think it's the only thing to because you will always be annoyed at what you don't like. Ask yourself the question what is it You don't like about it? there is the answer either keep hooking or rip, hugs Cheri
    I think it's a pretty rug.

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  14. I usually hide it out of sight so I don't have to look at it. :-)

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  15. Been there done that with the torture of hooking a rug I didn't like. Actually that would be my Granny Geometric whit I do like now that it is done. Perhaps yours will turn out to be likable too. Nice watercolor.
    Saundra

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  16. I kinda like it! I don't know how knitters can knit (well at all) but espeically with the pulling out so much work!

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  17. What do I do when something is just not working out. Well I usually do (1) abandon it and send it to the bottom of my stitching chest never to be seen again OR (2) rip it out and change it. Life is too short to keep working on something you hate. It took me a while to figure this out. My motto, do what ever it is that's going to make you happy!

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  18. I kinda like it Kim. Why don't you just set it aside for now. Your watercolor is lovely.

    Felicia

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