Leonardo Da Vinci and I have more in common than at first you might think. No, I am not partial to a little anatomical dissection, nor am I an accomplished painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician or engineer.
I am, however, in possession of what I believe is a rare talent for leaving things unfinished. This talent has been honed by years of practice and is now so sharp that barely a day goes by without something starting but not finishing. Remember these? Yeah, well, they're still waiting for me to find the Perfect Frame to house them.
What can I say other than I'm a natural? Of course, I'm genetically predisposed. Given it took my parents almost eight years to finish our bathroom and my mother six years to finish a baby blanket for my niece who had long since grown out of needing one, it's no wonder that I too have the gift.
History is riddled with incomplete and partly done works and many are considered to be masterpieces. Da Vinci's Adoration of the Magi is just such a piece. Could it be that just as sometimes things are best left unsaid, sometimes projects are best left unfinished? Da Vinci's work is still a thing of beauty, right?
My craft cave has been like a crypt with "in-progress" works strewn around, pushed into corners and poked into drawers so as to be out of sight and therefore out of mind. Problem is that whereas they once resided in a dark, cobwebby part of my memory, they are now picketing at the front of my conscience demanding that they be tended to. You might think that these irksome, though not unloved, items might provide inspiration for me to get on and get finished. It may or may not have occurred to me that the travails of the Olympians would make me get a shift-on but no, like lots of women I know, I have been concerned about how tight some of the costumes worn by male competitors are. Surely that's dangerous? Perhaps someone miscalculated how much spandex was required and they needed to make a little go a long way?
Anyway, I digress a little - something I do often enough to result in a pile of unfinished projects. Want a little insight into what I am "currently" working on? Well, here you go...
1. I have half a dozen fabric bird bodies which are cut out, ironed and just waiting for stitching and a good stuffing (who doesn't like one of those?). I love the finished project, so why are these non-feathered friends languishing in a pile?
2. Let's not forget the unfinished pink sock monkey which so many of you kindly pointed out resembles a phallus. On this occasion you can take the blame as I will never see this toy in the same innocent light again.
3. See these scraps of blue floral fabric? Well, they were the free gift that came with this book and were the whole reason I bought the book years ago. They have since collected dust in a pile until I forgot what they even were supposed to be. My mum figured it out.
4. The egg-cup pin cushion which needs just a squirt of hot glue to finish it off. Think I remember to do it whenever I plug that sucker in? Not a hope in hell.
5. Remember the few rows of red knitting from this blog post? I hadn't either until I went hunting for half-finished things. In this case it's more like half-started. How depressing.
6. This Jennifer Pudney Embroidery on Felt kit has been in this unfinished state for more than a decade. I love, love, love her designs as I think they're contemporary versions of a traditional item. I have long lost the picture that tells me which stitch goes where so if you're reading, Jennifer Pudney, any chance of a replacement? Please, my conscience is calling me to action.
7. The blue bunny that started out life as a monkey but now resides forgotten and forlorn, waiting for someone to take pity on it. That's unlikely to be me as it simply reminds me of my original mistake.
I won't bore you with the long list as I think I've made my point. I guess I really need to learn how to stay focused, or at least drum up the discipline to not let myself start something new without finishing whatever is current. I just know I am not the only one almost allergic to completion. Can anyone beat my decade-long delay on the embroidery felt kit project?
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