Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Abandoned project

Can God make a rock so big he can't lift it?  There's a paradox with no answer.

But I've definitively answered a similar question: I can make a pattern so difficult I can't sew it.

Okay, that's not entirely true.  If I really, really wanted to, I could finish stitching my 'Garden of Epicurus' pattern.  But as it takes shape, I can see that I'm not really happy with the palette, and after a few years of frustrating, intense stitching, I'll end up with a finished product I'm not really happy with.

So I'm letting it go.  I've learned a great deal from this.  If I were to try to re-do the idea, I'd limit the colors a great deal, instead of using so many different colors, and I'd simplify the shapes, as well.  In other words... I'd do it completely and utterly differently.

For a long time, I felt like it was an assignment- I started it, so I have to finish it... right?  Right? Giving myself permission to just stuff the thing in a drawer and never look at it again is very freeing.

Or maybe I'll just throw it away.  How liberating would that be?

1 comment:

  1. I too have done this with projects. It seems like a great and ambitious idea when I start. Soon, enthusiasm wanes and it begins to feel more like an obligation than an enjoyable hobby.

    I love your planets by the way. I am going to use them to make a mobile of the solar system for my son's room. He is three and wants to go into space, to drive a space shuttle. It is sad it isn't launched anymore.

    Thank you for the patterns.