As I watch floss tubes, I’m amazed, and sometimes frustrated at the number of WIPS some stitchers have. Of course, it’s none of my business how many they have but it makes me frustrated just to think how I would feel if I had 100 WIPS. I have six or seven now and I’m sure many of you would be frustrated if you had that many.
This morning, as I was stitching, I was thinking . . what difference does it make how many WIPS we have? Some of us are just wired that more than one is too many, while others don’t care how many they have. And, it’s no one else’s business but I just want your opinion.
What’s the difference in having this:
The first is a kit, which to me means that the floss, the fabric, the chart is in one package and at any time, I could grab it and start stitching.
The second is a WIP. I’ve started it. The fabric is on the frame. The chart and floss are in a bag when not in use but I leave the WIP on the frame.
If I have 40 projects kitted, is that really any different from having 40 WIPS? I’m not going to use the floss or the fabric for any other project once it’s dedicated to a particular chart.
I find that it’s easier to pick up a WIP and work on it than it is to start a new project – find where I want to start, stitch a few grid lines to help me get started on the right path.
I can see saying “Finish one thing before starting something else” (not that I would listen to that advice!) if I had to order floss, fabric and a chart for a new project but when everything is here already, does it matter if it’s a kit or a WIP?
An analogy for quilters: If you have a kit for a quilt and you know you’re never going to borrow from that kit, is it any different having it as a kit on the shelf or having a few blocks made, everything put back together and back in the container on the shelf? It is a kit til a bit of stitching is done and then it’s a WIP . . I’m thinking there’s really no difference.
Again, if having 40 WIPS sends you over the edge but having 2 WIPS and 40 kits doesn’t bother you, that’s one thing.
Right now, this is my feeling and we all know it could change tomorrow. I have four frames for the Rolaframe stands and I have two K’s Creations lap stands. So, in theory, I can have six projects on frames . . 7 if you count the 8″ Q-snap.
I don’t see me ever taking fabric on and off the roller bars so once a project is on the frame, it’s likely staying there til it’s finished. So, unless I buy more frames, which I doubt happens because . . you know who will be here with his eagle eye watching what comes in. I think I’m good with 7 WIPS. I could have something small in the Q-Snap and 6 larger projects on the frames.
Did I just have a light bulb moment or, am I justifying bad behavior?
The benefit I see to finishing more and starting less is that if tomorrow I stopped stitching (death, lack of desire, injury, illness, etc.) it would be better to have more finished projects and less WIPS but I also look at all of my hobbies this way: I’m doing this for pleasure, not necessarily finished projects. Yes, I love finished projects but with the quilts and knitted things, I’m happy with the finished projects but the WIPS don’t bother me, even if they’re never finished. I do love the process of choosing fabric, yarn, floss, and watching the creation grow. Sometimes finishing is a bit of a letdown, especially for projects I’ve loved working on.
I guess truly this is a matter of personal preference and what’s great for one isn’t great for the other but it was an interesting morning with my thoughts.