Monday, 6 August 2012

Chronic UFO Syndrome


I have a problem. I suffer from chronic Un-Finished Object syndrome.  There are points in my life where I get loads of projects – sewing or otherwise – done, finished and signed off.  However, there are also numerous times where I don’t finish projects and they sit in a bag normally at the bottom of my wardrobe or under my bed. 

For as long as I have been making things, I have had this problem.  I start a project with gusto then normal uncrafty life and work take over and the project is postponed.  It’s not that I don’t want to finish them; it’s that I just don’t have time.  When I do finally make time for them, something else comes up and I’ll end up making something completely unrelated.

Just to prove that I have carried on making it - A seam shot of Greg's gilet!
 Just to give you an example of my UFOs, obviously Greg’s Gilet has fallen by the wayside, and the Petticoats are in progress but will be re-started (and finished) in September.  I don’t really want to say how long a project has gone unfinished for, it’s a bit embarrassing, but I will tell you that the time scale is in years.

I don't want to tell you when this was taken, or how long it took me to attach the second neck tie and actually sign it off as completed!
 These projects are still in progress and I do still photograph my progress so eventually I can publish a post about them but I just don’t share the photos as and when I work on them, maybe I ought to.

I try to only publish my completed works on my blog, as I knew this UFO condition might occur.  Unfortunately, as a lot of the things I make require lots of little stages (which could easily be put down and forgotten about) this means that I don’t publish a blog post as often as I’d like.  Also, it means that when I have posted about plans and stages of garments, they often won’t be re-visited for quite a long time (case in point: Petticoats and Gilets).

Putting together the seam on some petticoat net - Oh I did so much of that!
Currently, I am in two minds as to whether I should only post completed projects, and then allow them to be more sporadic, or whether I should post about the smaller projects I do and risk the fact that they may go unfinished for quite a while.  Or maybe, I should do a mix of the both!

This leads me on to how I really ought to get more connected with mobile blogging.  As I do a lot of things, a lot of the time, I don’t feel like I often have much time to sit down a really write a well thought out blog post.  My solution to all of these problems is that I will start doing more mobile posts (fillers, if you will). This means I can show you all the different crafts I have been doing and then do a proper post on them once they are completed.  You’ll just have to expect a delay from the first post to completion!

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