Friday, June 1, 2012

Blog Hop #3: Stitching Goals

I just discovered this blog hop which is why I'm starting with Hop #3!  Here's the question being asked:

Do you set stitching goals for yourself and how do you plan them out? (Weekly, monthly, annually?) What are your current stitching goals (if you don’t mind sharing)?

In addition to setting goals for yourself, do you have a special reward that you reserve for when you reach a stitching goal?

I have to say that for the most part, I don't set goals.  If I'm stitching something for an event (wedding, birth, Christmas, etc.), then I drop everything else to concentrate on that piece until it's done.

I've always had more than one project going at a time.  Until recently, I would rotate between projects but without any particular structure to which project would come next.  That meant that some pieces didn't get worked on for years!  Now I have a random, yet organized, way to rotate projects.  Most of my projects are BAPs (Big A** Projects).  Of the seven I'm currently stitching, five of them are from HAED.

When I get to a natural stopping point in a pattern (one complete page, element, band, etc.), I'm ready to move to another project.  How do I choose?  I don't!  I have a randomizer app (RandomMastr) on my iPad that makes the choice.  Even though it is random, ALL of my projects are in the list. 

Just last week, the app chose TW's Heirloom Christmas Sampler that I hadn't touched in years!  It's a band sampler and I hadn't even finished the first band.  Granted, the first band is a very detailed Christmas tree but I hadn't finished it!  Now, I have five bands completed!

As to rewarding myself for completing a goal...I don't.  Maybe I should.   Hmm...  I think I'll start a "fund" for framing completed works.  When I finish a project, I'll raid the fund and actually frame something!

Happy Stitching!


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Kasey said...

I haven't attempted a HAED, but I've ordered my first. Love to see your work!

Cindy said...

Only 5 HAED's started. I have 10 in my rotation.

Handmade Redhead said...

I've tossed out more HAED's that you all have in rotation, and I will never pick up one again! So more power to you for having 5 going. :D

mdgtjulie said...

I never used to set goals, as I so rarely met them, and it was depressing. I do now that I'm rotating though. It helps me plan my stitching. I had five HAEDs in my rotation of twenty, but then I cut back to ten projects and ten UFOs. Three of my HAEDs made it into my rotation, which I was very happy about. Can't wait to see your next update!

Loretta said...

When I stitch a big project I definitely need goals, even if it's just "stitch three lengths of this color" during one stitching session. Otherwise I feel like I'm lost in a sea of stitching.