Stitchers abandon projects for a variety of reasons. For me, the number one reason I abandon a project is because it was a class project that I wasn’t really interested in but took in order to learn a technique or learn from a specific teacher. Ok, sometimes I take a class just to hang out.
Too often, a project is abandoned because the supplies turned out to be the wrong ones. It could be quality or type — it is all relative to the stitcher.
Today I took my Escher Waterfall cross stitch project off the stretcher bars and put it away. I had been trying to stitch it using 2 strands of dmc floss on hardanger fabric. I normally use one strand on hardanger but I stitched a small sample (very small) and pronounced it lovely. After whining about Waterfall zapping by stitching mojo for the last few months, I managed to get about 1800 stitches into the project. This afternoon, I took a good look at my masterpiece and pronounced it un-salvageable. The stitches are tight, lumpy and the fabric is getting wavy. Yeesh, no wonder I was loosing my stitching mojo every time I tried to work on this piece. With about 197,400 stitches to go it would have been a nightmare — time to let it go!
So…. I really like this piece and after giving myself a little distance from it, I will look at different fabrics and do a restart.