Sunday, September 07, 2008

One at a timers

So who out there in stitching blog land is a one at a time stitcher?

If you are a one at a time stitcher do you have a few UFO's or do you manage to stick with your one?

If you aren't a one at a timer how many projects do you have on the go? Do you rotate or just work on what you like? Do you try to keep the number of wip's you have down to a certain amount?

The reason I ask? I think I would love to be a one at a timer :D But I have sal's that I am involved in......... So should I try it? Have my sals til they are finished and then one project which is my "one" project? Should I forget about it and carry on with my rotation? I dunno :D But as normal my rotation is annoying me lol..... so ........... we'll see :D

*hugs*

Andie

13 comments:

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

I always like to have a couple maybe three things going. That way if a project is giving me trouble or I just need a break from it, I have something to do. Even my hubby has started having a couple things going at once. Guess I have corrupted him! LOL!

Teejay said...

Here is my opinion and what works for me. I haven't done an sal yet but those are great socializing opportunities and I wouldn't give those up but I would only do what is doable, 1 or 2 maybe at a time. I have been doing pretty good with 3 decent sized projects at a time, this gives me variety and yet is not overwhelming.

Gill said...

Years ago I was 'loosely' a one at a timer (I say loosely because occasionally I had 2 on the go) but in the last few years I have drifted far, far away from that! lol...

I don't have any formal rotation - I just stitch on what I feel like, although I try not to let things get neglected for too long. I don't like to have too many wips though...at the moment I think I have about 10 and I feel that's too many. I know lots of people have heaps more but I don't like feeling pressured by my stitching!

Sometimes I feel like becoming a One at a timer again, but I don't know if I could do it now...

loulee1 said...

I used to be a one at a timer, but lately I have a large one and a smaller one! LOL

I went off cross stitch for a couple of years because I was determined I wouldn't start something else before I finished an obligation picture I really didn't like.

I don't think I could ever have a rotation going, mind you saying that......

Kathryn in NZ said...

I do one at a time, but not necessarily til it's finished, hence a rather large WIP pile, as I swap between if I get stuck or sick of one. I find the one large and one small works well too.
My opinion? Do whatever works for you at the time, you get so much done whichever system you're using it seems!

Chiloe said...

I don't do SAL because of my past bad experience with my christmas tree ...

As you know I have mainly one project at a time and now, I think I'll have 2 : a big one and a small one but no more than that. I used to start some projects and was getting bored with them. (they are UFO's now ...) NOw I choose carefully my projects.

But what is more important for me is my freedom to stitch whatever I feel like whenever I want it (that's why I don't think I'll do a SAL again ... ) You can try to be an one at a time and see if it works for you. Sometimes when you do so, you complete them so fast that it encourages you to stick to that path ;-)

Cathy said...

I'm basically a one-at-atime stitcher, but I do have a huge number of UFOs, mostly larger size projects. This is usually caused by setting the one I'm working on aside to work on something with a deadline and then going onto something else instead of going back to the first one.

I've tried rotations several times,but they just don't work for me.

suequeblue said...

I used to be a one at a timer, but not anymore. I went really crazy (for me anyway) and have 4 HAED's started, and 2 Chatelaines, plus a huge stash pile. After feeling very overwhelmed for a very long time, I changed to a simple rotation. I picked one HAED, one Chatelaine, and one "other" (usually a fairly small piece) and stitch on each, for no set time. I just have to keep them in order. For instance-I have Sunnia (my HAED) and I stitch on her until I get tired of it, then move to my Chatelaine, then the next project. That way I am forced to stitch on each project, and actually am seeing progress. I do 2 SAL's-the HAED sal on the 2nd weekend of the month and the SAL board which is the 3rd. That way I have fewer committments.

Sorry for the book I have written and hope you find something that works for you!

Little Cat said...

I have been trying different rotations out over the last couple of years but I find I tend to loose my stitching mojo. Rotation doesn't seem to work for me.

My future plan is to finish one of my SAL's over the next month or so then be a 'one-at-a-timer' mainly with a small amount of time each month spent on my Celtic Lady SAL (it's a very loose sal - no set day or week). I might even just keep those as one at a timers too. I used to get a lot of finishes when I did just stick to one at a time. I haven't had a proper finish in over a year now.

All you can do is give it a try and see if it suits you. I have a feeling you'll find you are a 'one at a timer' :o)

Mel said...

Nope, not one at a time. I think the reason I love cross stitch is that I can have several WIP's and choose what I want to work on. The only time I would be a one at a time stitcher is when I stitch something smallish and get on a roll and just finish it.

Barb said...

I'm pretty much one at a time unless I'm doing a huge project then I might have a quick, easier piece on the side. Yes I do have quite a few UFO's.

Tracy said...

I usually rotate between three and four WIP. My rule is to finish the skein of thread before I end my "stitching session." Your work is beautiful! Cheers!

sugardoll said...

I really am, honestly...I tried LOL

But i never go past 2-3 wips at a time, and no big Mira type that is more than one, sometimes i had to insert like wedding samplers or birth samplers with an ongoing big wip, but that's it. I am not that brave! And I don't think I will have enough floss. =)

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