When Your Simple Project Aspires to Become a Magnum Opus

Projects have a life of their own, you know.  Once you are hooked, they know that it will be difficult for you to just walk away.

That’s when they set their plan in motion. They become difficult. Tricky.  More complex than you expected.  They create challenges for you to overcome. They set up roadblocks to test your patience.  Sometimes you are even physically harmed. (Yesterday I cut myself with my embroidery scissors trying to pry my project from the nest that had formed under the embroidery hoop.)

There’s no cure for this.

An unruly project cannot be beaten into submission.  You have to get in the saddle and ride it, until it, or you, collapses from exhaustion.  You must never, ever submit to the tyranny of a project with a bad attitude.

Here’s the glimmer of hope:

You will learn something.  Even if the only thing you learn is that you will not do this again.  But more likely, you will learn perseverance.  You will learn technique, born of necessity, fired in the kiln of frustration.  You will learn to push through.

And when you are done, you will be stronger, grittier, one step closer to accomplishing almost anything.

Bravo.

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About 25% done.  Machine embroidery on a sweatshirt

About 25% done. Machine embroidery on a sweatshirt

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