Canvas Work

We’ve been away in our RV for a little rest and relaxation, but here’s another one to add to the “need to be finished” list. It is a canvas work piece that I did last month with my new needlework group. It is meant to be placed in the lid of a wooden box. I do not have the box yet, nor do I have a frame for it….so it will have to wait. One could continue on with more designs around the edges, but I stopped at this point because this is what will fit into the box I am hoping to purchase.

It has been many years since I have done any type of canvas work. And now I have decided that I did not enjoy the canvas work because the “see thru” canvas distorts my vision. I found this to be hard on my eyes and very tiring. I think I like cross-stitch and other types of embroidery much better.

After requesting advice on finishing in my last post, it appears that most people are in the same position as me….”procrastinators.” I think I enjoy too many things. I love my needlework. Really enjoy working in my garden now that the weather is lovely. I am in the middle of a HUGE quilt that is already two years late for my son’s wedding gift. I have upholstery fabric to make armchair covers, antimacassars and a footstool cover for my two wing back chairs. I have upholstery fabric to make pillows and two chair covers for our RV. I have upholstery fabric to cover my husband’s footstool to match the Morris Chair he made (which I upholstered)…..the list goes on and on and on!!!!! Not to mention I have committed to make some things for my quilt group’s boutique sale which will take place on the first weekend in November. Ahhhhh….to have my “projects” completed and be free to do what I wish. One day this will happen. Do you all have projects like this as well???? I guess I don’t want to think that I am the only idiot who bites off more than she can chew at any given time!!!! I would love to be secretly involved in making surprise gifts for all my friends.

Amities, Averyclaire


15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Debbie
    May 27, 2010 @ 16:40:56

    Oh my goodness, you’re not the only one that takes on more and more. I can’t tell you the number of samplers I’ve started and put aside, the number of quilts I’ve started and put aside, and the number of other crafty things that I have going. And I keep buying more and more. So you are definitely not the only one like that. I think you’ll find that us stitchers are very much alike in that we have a lot of things going on.

    I love your needlepoint piece. It’s too bad that you found it tiring to work on. It’s really a beautiful piece.


  2. Margaret
    May 27, 2010 @ 17:39:39

    I love your canvas piece. It will look nice in a box top. I don’t think I’d enjoy canvaswork either, which is why I haven’t tried it since I was little.


  3. Jackie
    May 27, 2010 @ 19:42:46

    This piece will look really nice as a box top. I love that it looks like a quilt block.

    I have quite a few things going. It doesn’t frustrate me that they’re unfinished but that it is hard to find time to get in my sewing room and play with those projects. It’s my own fault though as there are parts of the evenings during the week where I could make more time.


  4. Karol Johns
    May 27, 2010 @ 21:52:35

    Oh I know the feeling of to many projects. Your canvas piece is lovely!


  5. Nanouanne
    May 28, 2010 @ 00:06:13

    Absolutely exquisite! I appreciate all the more as I did so many of these a very long time ago to sell them to retailers. I agree with you it is eye tiring and I would not do it anymore. This work you did is so nice that the box will be a little treasure!


  6. Nanouanne
    May 28, 2010 @ 00:10:21

    …And you are just my twin sister (LOL). I will think of listing on my blog all the works in progress I currently have waiting in my studio! But to me that makes fun for life


  7. Jane
    May 28, 2010 @ 00:48:07

    This is going to be a lovely box top, very pretty. I too have a very long list of things I want to do, I can’t see it changing anytime soon. Just have fun doing whatever it is you are doing


  8. Doris
    May 28, 2010 @ 02:40:30

    beautiful canvas work!! going to be a reallly pretty box top.


  9. Annie
    May 28, 2010 @ 06:09:41

    Gorgeous needlepoint piece. I haven’t done any needlepoint in years. Left it behind when I discovered cross stitch. The stores were all switching over to x-stitch at the time, so I just jumped on the bandwagon.

    I can’t bear to have a pile of WIP’s. I only have one or two started at any given time. I’ll interrupt to do a gift, but that’s it. My incentive to finish is so that I can start another!


  10. Jane
    May 28, 2010 @ 11:52:49

    Hi, your quilt block turned out great! I don’t know if you noticed, but I didn’t take that class, because I don’t enjoy working on canvas either. I’m not sure why.

    I probably should make a list of all the projects I have started and committed, but it would probably depress me. I just keep on starting new things. Even when I’m done stitching something, it takes a long time to “finish” it.


  11. colour du jour
    May 29, 2010 @ 01:59:25

    after reading the comments, you really aren’t the only one with many UFO’s and WIP’s. I’m trying to be more like Annie with my quilting.

    Box top is very pretty.



  12. Siobhan
    Jun 02, 2010 @ 02:23:37

    ROFLOL at the comment that surely you’re not the only idiot that bites off more than they can chew. Umm, raising my hand over here… I’ll join you in the idiot’s club! I guess it could be worse, though. Could you imagine being one of the pod people that doesn’t have any interests and just cleans their home for sport?! I can’t fathom it. I do sometimes wish that I could limit myself to one thing at a time, but it’s more fun this way… most of the time. 😉

    Love the canvas piece–it’s beautiful!


  13. Thomas
    Jun 03, 2010 @ 01:20:37

    Beautiful piece of work, should have taken “some” time to finish this one.


  14. Susan
    Jun 03, 2010 @ 16:17:48

    What fun to see my design worked in brighter colors! Actually, my original working of “Classic Quilts” was in very nearly the same colors as yours but I didn’t want the book to end up classified as a holiday project because of the colors, so I went with more muted antique shades instead. Thank you for sharing the pictures.


  15. Jacquelynne
    Jun 04, 2010 @ 20:37:06

    I absolutely have finished every project I have ever started, have started every project that I bought the supplies and/or pattern for, and have, as of today, used up every scrap of fabric I have ever purchased.


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