My friend Karen has this thing about UFO's or "unfinished objects". As an art therapist, she's interested in why someone devoted so much time to begin on a craft project to only leave it before it was complete. As a thrifter, I am obsessed with finding others' UFO's. I also have plenty of my own.
Recently, I uncovered 3 UFO's of my own and thought I would reflect on why the projects have sat unfinished for so long.
Japanese craft book. I began this quilt when Phoebe moved to her big-girl bed (about 3 years ago now) and used bits of my favorite fabrics. Lots of vintage fabrics from coveted feed sacks.
What happened? I think the project was just too involved at the time. I loved putting together the scraps, but sewing them together took me forever. Also, I had trouble getting the squares the same size. I abandoned the project at some point and they have been sitting in a cubby in my craft room ever since.
What's next? I don't think I'll ever make the quilt of my dreams, at least not for Phoebe. I am currently working on a simple stripey coverlet for her (hopefully I'll have a finished product to show soon). However, Eric and I are in need of a new coverlet. Perhaps I can work these squares into the design.
Ragwork seem so simple and straightforward. A perfect craft to do while watching TV. Plus, we really needed a cute area rug for our front room.
What happened? I remember having just moved into our house (that was 5 years ago) and I decided to make the rug. Everything was going great until I began to bind the rug into a spiral. It just wouldn't lay flat. I tried everything and read the directions over and over again, but it's all lumpy.
What's next? Right now the braids are filling up a Charles Chips container. I am uncertain of their future. Should I try again? Do some more research? I don't know. This is perhaps my oldest UFO. I may be over the idea. I did purchase a similar rug at a local craft store. It's flat and very cute.
The Happy Hooker. I do not know how to crochet, but my friend Lynn does. After I excitedly bought the book about 4 years ago, I thought crochet was for me. Lynn guided me through the One-Skein Scarf in the book with success and then I had my heart set on the flowered scarf.
What happened? First, I don't think I bought the right kind of yarn. But I really liked the colors... Then, my friend Lynn moved to PA. Well, I was lost without her and quickly my interest waned. I haven't picked up The Happy Hooker since.
What's next? I have determined that I am not really into crochet or knitting. Maybe someday. Also, I don't think I would actually wear the scarf now. The cotton yarn is nice, though. I think it would be great for the tapestry table.
UFO Conclusion: So, what have I learned from this process? As a crafter, I am attracted to all kinds of crafts, as you probably are as well. Some I do well, some I don't. You have to try them to find out. Also, it's interesting to see what was going on in my life that attracted me to a project. A new house, a good friend, and a growing little girl. Right now, the fact that I haven't finished these projects is no big deal to me. They are just taking up space in my small craft area. The only one I see potential for is the patchwork squares. They are cute.
Do you have any UFO's sitting around? I'd love to hear their stories.