Well, I mean, it did end. Because I'm here now and the project is finished, but you know the feeling, right?
Some craft projects seem like they take a lifetime to complete.
This one really did.
Look at this lovely vintage embroidered tablecloth that I just finished:
Wait a minute...if I just finished embroidering the tablecloth, then why did I call it "vintage"?
Sure, it might be a rather loose interpretation of the word, but let me explain.
This tablecloth project was begun in the 1980s. The tablecloth itself is older than I am. My Mom started the tablecloth, and says that she remembers embroidering in her dorm room at college when she had no desire to study anymore.
College being what it is, the tablecloth didn't get finished.
I remember seeing this unfinished tablecloth as a kid, stumbling across the plastic bag full of thread and needles and hoops and tablecloth every once in a while. I even have vague memories of Mom pulling it out to work on it. But mostly it just stayed in the bag--never thrown out, always kept, but never finished.
When I was about 11, I came across the tablecloth again, and asked Mom if I could try my hand at finishing the embroidery. She said sure, and I gave it my best shot. But I was 11, I was distractable, and this tablecloth didn't stand a chance of being finished. It got packed into storage when we moved to Malaysia.
I came across the tablecloth this past December when going through my parents' storage with them. This time, I took it out and determined to finish it. There were still 3 entire rosettes that had little or no progress made. I decided I was going to finish the project for once and for all, and I did.
It's only been, oh, 25 plus years since the project had been started...
What's the longest period of time that a single craft project has taken you from start to finish?