Sunday, March 13, 2011

Too Many WIPs?

Once again, I have many projects in the works.  Is there such a thing as too many WIPs?  This is a lovely bookmark pattern that is shared here, and I really wanted to make.  I have a hard time with patterns that are just diagrammed with no written instructions, and tend to make them harder than they really are.  After some insight given to me at our Twin Cities Tatters gathering yesterday, I think i have the idea now so I can keep working on finishing this one.  This is done using some perle cotton, size 8.

And then I have this doily I have taken back out to work on.  I started this one last year after winning Yarnplayer's beautiful Summer Trail HDT.  I'm very used to whipping out a crocheted doily, so when a tatted piece takes me longer than I have patience for, I have to put it away for awhile and work on something small that I can complete.  I'm ready to get this one done - it's such a pretty pattern.  This is the Starlight Doily from the Tatter's Treasure Chest, using Yarnplayer's size 20 HDT.

I've also been playing with blinging a few more shuttles after receiving some of Diane's shared papers.  Tatters are so incredibly generous!  I also received a trade package last week from Sue Anna for a bag I offered that included waaaaay too many things for just one bag.  HDT, a Pop-a-bobbin shuttle and bags by Jane E., and some Lizbeth.  It felt like Christmas!  That has happened to me a couple of times now - I am embarrassed to receive such wonderful gifts, but hopefully I can do that in return for someone else someday. 

Back to the shuttle-blinging - no wonder I don't get anything completed - I get sidetracked easily :)  You can't see it so well on the pictures, but I've glittered these shuttles and am layering on the Mod Podge to get them finished properly.

I especially love this little matching tin and shuttle.  Now I have to buy some more Altoids so I can make more tins to match my shuttles! 

And finally, I am staining this little wooden box that I've had for years.  It's something old that my Dad gave me years ago, and I've always intended to finish it.  Maybe when I get this done I can store my shuttles in it?

In any case, I have projects all over the place.  Nothing is done.  I lost an hour today with the daylight savings turn-back of the clock, and the afternoon is really getting away from me now too.  I need to make supper and get ready for the work week again.  The projects will have to be squeezed in where they fit.  Did I mention I've been motivated to get working on that Artisan Phase II of the T.A.T. program also?  I can't possibly work on just one thing!


  1. Thanks for sharing this lovely post about WIPs. So glad to know I am not the only one juggling multiple projects.

    You are doing a wonderful job with your shuttles and tin! They look great!

    Do you mind sharing what type of ModgePodge you use? Paper? Glossy? Matte? (other?)

    I haven't started playing with the lovely papers Diane sent because I got bogged down by Modge Podge choices. Does it matter?

  2. Hi Isdihara! I love Mod Podge - mine just says "waterbase sealer, glue and finish for all surfaces."

    Good Luck blinging :) Can't wait to see your creations.

  3. I don't think there is any such thing as "too many" wips -- finish them, don't finish them, learning projects, it is all good ; )

  4. That thread is very pretty - nice and soft and Impressionistic!

    That box is lovely. You are lucky to have something made by your dad.
    Focx : )

  5. Your shuttles look terrific! I especially like the one that matches the Altoids tin... great idea!

    Too many WIPs? I hope there isn't a limit, or I could be in big trouble!

  6. I just spoke with my mother this evening and invited her to visit from Florida. Together we always knock out a few WIPs. I've got several projects that would be so much easier to finish if she were to visit....until then I definately have a WIP pile.

    Love the thread and the doily!

  7. That's a lot of stuff you have going on there. You remind me of me! WIPs going all over the place. Love the shuttle chest!

  8. That bookmark is going to be gorgeous! And that doily is fabulous!!! :)

  9. Oh, the Starlight doily is one of my favorite patterns! It does take a while, but it will be gorgeous when it is done, I promise.

  10. Very cool!

    I don't think there is such a things as too many WIPS (UNLESS... we never finish any of them) :-D

  11. The HDT really makes the doily look classy, and such nice, even picots. Good luck moving it from WIP to FO.


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