The second unfinished project I’ve successfully finished is a little felt sculpture I started during a workshop with Marjolein Dallinga of Bloomfelt. The workshop was during an extra-busy time of school, so after the workshop was done, I never got around to finishing the work because I needed to focus on finishing school. My sister helped get me motivated to finish this one. She asked if she could cut some of the circles, and after watching her for a couple minutes, I wanted to finish it myself.
I’ve realized I have a problem. I like to start new projects, but have difficulty finishing them.
This dawned on me when I was cleaning/organizing my studio space at home, and came across several unfinished projects. It’s interesting to think about what made me abandon these projects in the first place. Maybe I just got busy with other things, or perhaps I thought of an even better idea that I decided it’d be pointless to finish the current one first. Whatever the reason for not finishing, I’ve resolved to finish as many of my unfinished projects as possible.
This reminds me of a project my mom worked on when I was a kid. We went to the craft store and bought a couple of those wooden knick-knacks to paint. I finished mine, but my mom didn’t (maybe procrastination is hereditary). Ironically, her wooden work was a little sign that read “Begin, the rest is easy.” Obviously, the rest isn’t always easy.
The first project I have now successfully finished is a painting I started last summer. Now I just need to think of a title.
The last few weeks I haven’t gotten around to much weaving. I had been waiting for the postal strike to end so that I could get the yarns and dyes I ordered. Meanwhile, my tapestry was neglected.
Thankfully, the strike is over! A couple days ago I received my yarns, and yesterday I received my acid dyes, safely nestled in small brown box. Today I was busy mixing up some stock solution, and winding skeins of wool. Hopefully, I’ll get to dyeing soon, and back to tapestry-ing.