Annette's Acre

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April 23rd, 2012

Rotation Revisit – First Plum Pudding pic!

At the end of March, I finished the second round of my 8-piece rotation.  Due to some work travel and a certain bunny that hopped in, I did not jump in to a third round.  I knew I needed some tweaks… given it took sheer force of will to get thru all eight designs slotted in round two.

What to do to rejuvenate?  Well, a new start, of course.  I mean, really, is there no better way to find the stitching mojo again?

Saturday I kicked off Rotation Round Three with Glendon Place’s Plum Pudding.  After nine hours work… here’s where I am (click for a truly biggified version):

Dinky Dyes silks (yum!) and Vintage Stormy Clouds Belfast (yes, I got it wrong in the last post… the curse of age and memory).

This rotation round will look like this:

  1.  Plum Pudding (10-15 hours)
  2.  Spring Queen (10 hours)
  3.  From Sea to Shining Sea (10 hours)
  4.  Mill Hill Haunted House (10 hours)

That’s it.  Four pieces I want to make progress on over the next couple months.  Three are still on the WIPocalypse list, too!  Win!

January 29th, 2012

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:

Start:

Ten Hours Later:

Not bad!

And what is next?

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