About 5 years ago I bought a cross stitch pattern featuring a wallaby, as these beautiful creatures visit our yard on a regular basis. I thought it would look lovely framed on the wall. When the pattern arrived and I saw that it required 91 different coloured threads I should have realised that this was not going to be a quick job. It has been my ‘holiday project’ over these years. I don’t know how far wallabies travel in their usual territory. But this one has been to Perth, Townsville, Cairns, Charters Towers, St George, Armidale, and Tasmania. Whenever we’ve been away on holidays or I’ve been at a conference, the wallaby has travelled with me.
Months can go by when I don’t work on it at all. But over the last few months I’ve felt a renewed interest in getting it finished. I had hoped its completion could be accomplished before the end of June so I could enter it as an exhibit in our local agricultural show. But the pattern is so intricate that 2017 might be more realistic. Meanwhile the paper pattern is becoming tattered, I’m using a pencil to cross off blocks that I’ve done, and a highlighter pen to mark the gaps to be filled in. This helps me keep track in a pattern that is so detailed you can easily spend 10 minutes searching the 91 symbols trying to find your place!
I’ve dubbed the pattern ‘the never-ending wallaby’ and tried not to become discouraged when I see how much I’ve got to go. So I’ve implemented some strategies to help keep up the momentum with such a big project. You may also find these helpful if you have a cross stitch project currently on the go:
Is there a ‘never-ending’ project that you are currently working on? Do you have any additional tips or cross stitch advice to share?