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Stitching Resolutions

We've discussed culling our stitching stock and donating it to others, but I've decided to make that a more consistent part of my 2014 plan. I've also decided that another one of my 2014 plans/resolutions is to teach someone to stitch. Here are a few of my plans, and I hope they'll inspire you to kick-start your own plans for 2014:

  1. Unfinished Projects Resolution: We're all guilty of having unfinished projects, or at least every stitcher I know is guilty of this. I have no grand illusions of eliminating all unfinished projects from my stash because I rely on them when I'm looking for something as a change. However, I have moved all of my unfinished projects to a certain basket in my craft room/library. My plan is that this basket must remain manageable and cannot overflow. If I want to start something new that might not be finished, it must fit into the basket without cheating! If it won't, I can't start it until I finish something else to make room in the basket. The basket is full now and its contents cannot be increased -- at least not until I've made some progress in 2014.
  2. The Stash Resolution: We discussed "the stash" a few weeks ago, but I'm still grappling with an overflow. Surely I'm not alone when I say it makes me just a bit crazy when I can't see the forest for the trees (if you know what I mean) when I get to my supplies. Enter in the Quarterly Purge; my goal for 2014 is to go through at least one part of my stash each quarter and purge. Spring will see charts being examined; in summer, fabrics will be checked and matched with projects; in autumn, I'll get my flosses sorted and organized; and in winter, well, that's a year away, so, like Scarlett O'Hara, I'll think about that tomorrow. I've dedicated a space for holding these items throughout the year in case I need a quick learn-to-stitch gift bag or if a stitcher friend mentions needing something. Maybe there will even be a swap-meet with a few other stitchers next year.
  3. New Stitcher Resolution: I love hearing from people who have just started stitching. Their stories are so fascinating, and it's amazing to hear the whys, whens and whos. In my position, I get to hear a lot of these stories, but one of my favorites involves a gentleman who picked up cross stitching to help his ailing mother finish a piece. Then there was a grandmother who wanted desperately to stitch a sampler for a new grandbaby, and another story came from a teen who wanted something personalized. There was even a stitcher who just wanted to see what all the fuss was about with her friends who met weekly to stitch (she's hooked now, by the way). I have had the honor of teaching a few people over the years, and the wonder and delight in their eyes is worth every stitch and re-stitch. So, in 2014, I've decided that I want to teach more people to stitch, and that will likely start with a learn-to-cross-stitch company class in the coming months. I would encourage you to do the same, and don't worry about if your skill level is "enough" to stitch; it is. I promise. If you are reading this newsletter and stitching, you can teach someone else, and they will be forever grateful.
  4. Other Resolutions: What stitching-related resolutions have you made over the years? Did they work? What are your plans for 2014?

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