Monday, January 21, 2013
I Finally Finished Something! Sort of ...
Hello again Internet People! The long lost crazy lady has returned from obsessive-compulsive land! My gawd I almost got lost in there this time! Fortunately I have made it out alive (barely), and now am planning my next sojourn. I have mentioned before that I am a glutton for punishment, haven't I?
So what was I obsessing over this time? Yep, that reverse applique project. The one that was supposed to be a "long-term project", yeah, its done now. It only took about 8 days, working about 6-8 hours a day on it, so only around 50 or 60 hours of tiny stitches. It was a LOT of fun though. I had honestly forgotten just how much I love to sew by hand. Yes, it is extremely slow and tedious, but for whatever twisted reason, I enjoy the hell out of it.
So I started working on it last Sunday, around noonish. You may recall (if you cared) that I already had it all set up and ready for stitching. I decided to put the whole thing in my big Quilting Hoop to provide myself with a more stable work surface. It turns out that that was a really good idea! As was my incredibly anal basting of the two pieces together. If only I had taken the time to hunt down some better quality fabric to start with this would have been a truly awesome piece. But I didn't, I used the cheapest fucking crap I had, so as much as I enjoyed creating it, in the end it is pretty fucking pointless. I am hoping it will stand up all right as a wall hanging eventually, cause it really will not stand up to being washed.
Here is my progress as of last Wednesday:
And this is what it looks like now :
I don't know if you all can zoom in on it well enough to see all the imperfections, but I just cannot escape from them. From a distance it does look pretty freaking cool to me, but I still think it is crap. This is what I mean when I say that my perfectionism fucks with me. Its okay though, I learned a lot of valuable things in the process of completing it, so when I do another one, maybe I will be able to finish it without thinking it is crap. And I very much want to do another one (or a dozen!)! I will definitely be using a higher quality fabric next time, the cheap stuff has its uses, but reverse applique is obviously NOT one of them! I probably would have been fine if I had reversed the two pieces of fabric, doing the cut work and the stitching on the batik fabric instead of the black. Oh well, like I said, I learned a lot, and for me that is the only thing that really matters.
When I finished it yesterday afternoon I figured I had better put some of that obsessive energy to use doing something a little more, important, I guess would be the word. So I cleaned my bathroom. And I do mean I cleaned it obsessive-compulsively. From the ceiling down, everything is shiny sparkly clean. It was a little beyond time for doing it, but it is done now and I do feel much better. Next I need to tackle the kitchen, but I don't think that is gonna happen today. All that obsessing seems to have caught up with me and I am freakin exhausted! I did manage to start on the cleaning of our bedroom last night as well and I think that was what did me in. I knew I needed to just sit down and rest, but I just kept finding more things to do!
I think I will take the rest of today off, maybe try to read some books or something. I haven't been doing very well with the eating thing while I was obsessing over the applique thing, so my energy reserves need a boost. I lost another pound and a half, that is not the direction the scale is supposed to be going! So, I am going to rest today, and get back to eating, one way or another I have got to find a way to get the scale moving in the other direction before I get blown away by a strong gust of wind. We get those here a lot, so I really can't be taking any chances!