I’m so close to being done a handful of projects but every time I tell someone that I’ll finish my pillow or my belt by a certain date, that date comes and goes. It seems that I’m never quite as close to finishing the project as I think I am. As I start to focus my efforts on the more time sensitive projects, I’ve realized that finishing a project is an absolute emotional rollercoaster.
If you’ve ever finished a needlepoint project, you’ve probably experienced one or more of these emotions on your way to having your completed project!
You might notice that I've used New Girl gifs to better illustrate the evolution. I've been binge-watching New Girl so I figured it was only right to procrastinate my needlepointing just a little bit longer and search for the perfect gifs.
There comes a point in every needlepointer’s life when they realize they are close to being done stitching a canvas.
For some this might be just past the halfway point. I get that, you are closer to being done than starting out so why not call everything the final stretch from there on out. Others however like to avoid getting too excited about finishing up a project and prefer to wait until much closer to actually being done before getting their hopes up. Either way, time to get to business and finish up this project!
I’m constantly guilty of telling people that I am so close to being done a project and that they can “stop by in a few days to see it completed”. Then I start stitching the final stretch and realize that I completely overestimated how much time it would actually take to finish it. Whoops.
I get so frustrated by how long the project is taking to finish that I put it down and start another one. Procrastination is the best way to finish anything, right?
As you realize how much time it will take for you to actually finish your project, your mind may start to wander into dangerous places. Will I ever actually finish this? Why is this taking so long?
You might even start tallying up the hours spent stitching this one project and wondering what you could have done with the time otherwise. Oh you spent 60 hours stitching a needlepoint belt? You could have done 80 spin classes instead and been an incredible athlete by now. I like to shut down these thoughts as early as possible and remind myself that needlepoint is good for the soul and that making comparisons like that isn’t fair. Also why haven’t I started stitching on a slow treadmill? Clearly I need to look into the possibilities here.
So you finally finish your canvas! Congrats.
But now you realize it isn’t actually finished yet. It needs to be added to leather, made into a pillow, framed or any other number of things that you might not have the tools to do yourself. Time to send it away to the finisher.
For many of us, this stage requires a tremendous amount of patience. Finishing can take weeks, if not months, so it’s important to stay calm and not let the wait get to you.
Separation anxiety is completely normal at this stage. You just spent weeks, months, maybe even years stitching this canvas and now someone wants to take it away from you? It can be hard to swallow. Find a quality finisher that you trust so that this stage becomes a less stressful experience.
You spent hours stitching your canvas and now it is done. Not only that, it is back from the finisher and so it is completely and totally ready to be showed off to the world.
Time to snap a couple pics and tell your friends (virtual and irl) about your wonderful new accomplishment! They're going to want to celebrate with you.