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January 29th, 2012 by Annette

Rotation Redux

Note: January has been a very very busy month for me with both wonderful and horrible happenings.  I will share some with you, but in no particular order… just what makes sense to write about when I get a notion to write. 

Years ago, I tried to use a strict 10-hour rotation method to bring my then 20+ WIPs under control.  I managed to stick with it for a few months before collapsing under the attempt to contain my somewhat fickle stitching whims.

It definitely appealed to my detail-oriented and results-oriented mind, though.  I tried at various points to spin it up again using my handy Pampered Chef timer (great tool) but always bogged down and stopped when I was less-than-enthused for whatever piece I was working on.  So the challenge was how to balance to keep progressing on larger designs without losing the ability to adapt and still get the satisfaction of a finish?

After chatting with Terri a few weeks ago and listening to her share her plans to get back to timing, I thought I would give it a go and just let it develop its own rhythm.

I hit the “Start Timer” on the 17th and have made it thru four 10-hr slots successfully 🙂  I bought a second timer (West Bend model) so if I got stuck on one piece, I could overlap two slots without losing track.  Given that I stitch in two areas of my house and I can’t work on every WIP in both areas, it helps if I can overlap a bit.  The other “rule” that is working well is not trying to figure out the order of the WIPs more than one slot ahead.  I’m using my WIPocalypse list, but other than keeping to that list…I’m not planning very far ahead.

I’ve managed:

  • 10+ hours on Liberty Lane (I started timing after I’d put in a couple hours)
  • 10 hours on Rosemarkie (Long Dog)
  • 10 hours on Lilac (Mirabilia)
  • 10 hours on Sea to Shining Sea (LHN)

Pictures of the first three will come with the Jardin January round up this week.  Here’s the Sea to Shining Sea (finished is here – scroll down to second design) pics:


Ten Hours Later:

Not bad!

And what is next?

Dimple Designs L’Epoch Nouveau…. let’s see how much I can get done 🙂


6 Responses to “Rotation Redux”
  1. Great way to “spin” the 10-hr rotation. I’ve been playing with doing something similar, but with all the travel, it’s easier just to take a couple of pieces and go back and forth as I get bored with one!

    Hopefully in a couple of months the traveling will be done and it won’t be an issue!

  2. What a great way to do it. Love the stitching

  3. kielrain says

    Great progress on fun pieces. I know timing works really well for many. I hope you find a way for it to work for you.

  4. I always struggle with rotations, although I keep trying them in the hopes of whittling down the huge number of WIPs I have. I’m glad this new plan is working for you. You got a lot done on your LHN in 10 hours!

  5. I like how you’ve decided to do this. I’ve thought about timing my stitching, but have always been afraid the rigidity would suck the fun out. I could see doing something like your method. Will be watching to see how this works out for you. Oh, and the LHN piece is looking mighty fine!

  6. great stitching 🙂 You made a lot of progress 🙂