One of the most frequently asked questions in the shop is,
"I am stuck in a needlepoint rut. Lately I have no desire to stitch, is that okay?"
The answer is, "Yes."
The truth is we all hit needlepoint ruts. As a shop owner I often find myself with no desire to needlepoint, especially after a long day of painting. However, I have found that the following tips are the easiest ways to "jumpstart" my desire to needlepoint.
1. Switch Colors or Threads
I gravitate towards the same colors for every project- Begonia, Periwinkle, and white. Oftentimes when I am "stuck" on a project it is because I do not like the colors. To reignite your love for needlepoint simply try a different and unexpected colorway or if you are dissatisfied with the colors you are using then switch to tried and true favorites.
Another way to become "unstuck" is to switch your fibers. I have one project in my stash that I have been working on since freshman year...of high school, over 15 years. I am stuck because I don't like the thread I chose (a lot of silk ribbons). I recently switched some of the fiber and now I can't wait to finish it. If you are feeling uninspired with your current WIP (work in progress) it could be because you are using a fiber you don't enjoy.
2. Try a New Stitch
Continental is classic and basketweave is quick and easy, but have you ever tried a new stitch? Learning a novel stitch can be intimidating, but *I swear* it is beyond easy. Especially if you stick to classics like Brick or Parisian (shown above), diagrams available in Stitches to Go.
3. Unexpected Finishing Ideas
More than half the projects I haven't finished stitching are because I just don't know how to finish them. Our sofas are already covered in pillows and a gal can only have so many eyeglass cases.
Recently I had Lycette's "Wild" design finished as an acrylic tray. Seeing the finished project inspired me to get my tushie moving on other UFPs (unfinished projects).
Other fun ideas for finishing? Purse, clutch, tray, framed, hanging sign, cachepot, shoes, and the list goes on! For inspiration simply browse our Instagram or pop into Lycette.
4. Try a Different Project
Do you normally stitch ornaments? Try a pillow! Do you normally stitch pillows? Why not try a belt?
5. Don't Judge Yourself
My favorite tip? If you don't feel like needlepointing, then don't needlepoint! There are plenty of other hobbies that are also fabulous and relaxing. When I'm not stitching you can find me at the beach, playing backgammon, cooking, going on walks, or browsing books for inspiration. When you feel like needlepointing again you will, believe me.
I hope this was helpful! If y'all have suggestions for getting out of a needlepoint "rut" please leave me a comment.