I was reading the "Reality Check" entry in Cindy's blog this morning.
Who among us doesn't have a stack of unfinished finishes? Why is that? With a few exceptions, we all seem to have this same "problem". Maybe we all have different reasons for our "problem". Cindy lists laziness twice, and althought I don't know Cindy personally, I have to say I sincerely doubt that she is lazy. I sincerely doubt that any of us are lazy. If anything, I find most stitchers tend to be ambitious! "Sure, I can finish that in time for Christmas!" "It is so small, I'll have it finished by the weekend." "It is full of partial stitches, blended needles and loads of backstitching but the finished size is only 25" x 30" - I can do that!"
I don't find the same joy in finishing that I find in stitching. That plays a big part in why my finishes remain unfinished. When I finish stitching a project my interest is gone and into the cedar chest it goes. I want to get back to the joy of stitching, not putter around with finishing.
As Cindy said in #5 on her list, I also lack confidence in my finishing abilities. That may explain (in part) my lack of joy in finishing. Never mind that I'm a perfectionist, struggling with an "if it isn't perfect it isn't worth doing" attitude. My involvement in the Stitching Bloggers Exchange is helping (or forcing?) me to overcome my lack of confidence and perfectionist tendencies. My confidence is growing and I'm learning that good is good enough and perfect isn't necessary or possible.
If you are a regular reader of Lelia's blog (and you should be!) you know that she has been working diligently this year to finish projects. Way to go girlfriend! You've had so many awesome finishes this year; you are my hero!
The finishes I see posted in all of your blogs inspire me to completely finish what I've started. My interest in the finishing process is growing and I hope to find more joy there as well!
If you are interested in stitching - and finishing - smalls, check out this Yahoo Group. It is awesome!
One last thing, I've mentioned joy several times in this post. I can't think or use the word without my sister Joy coming to mind. Love ya, Sis!