Sunday, September 05, 2010

Goal Orientated Rotation


I have been working in a rotation for several years now, but always seemed to go by how much time I spent on a piece - not necessarily how many hours actually stitching, but one night, two nights, one week, etc. I think I've come to realize that it actually works better for me to do a goal-orientated rotation. When I pick up a piece I decide to stitch until I reach a certain point. I try to pick something that will take a week or less, but sometimes I don't get as much stitching time as I'd like, or it takes longer than I think, or the frogs visit or whatever. I still keep stitching until that goal is met. Very satisfying to stay on one thing until I meet the goal I think. You sort of get that satisfaction of being a "one-at-a-timer" but you still have the variety of the rotation.

This time my goal was to finish the second scene in Heritage Stitching Sampler by Victoria Sampler. I started with the white and metalic bargello and cross stitch band above it. The over one vine slowed my down a little bit, but not as much as I feared and I finished this one day earlier than I expected to - which almost never happens.

Anyway, I'm going to work on Katie's dance shoe bag tomorrow before going back to Alhambra Garden, which is my current focus piece.

7 comments:

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Beautiful!

That sounds like a great rotation. Wonder if it would work for me.

Christine said...

Wow, your HSS is really coming along well, Jenny! Just beautiful!

Thanks for explaining your rotation system. That sounds like an idea I may have to try out at some point.

Missy Ann said...

Sounds like a good plan. I can't focus long enough to come up with a plan...

My system seems to be the "screaming deadline system". Ah stress, what would I do without you?

Alice said...

I like that notion Jenny! I do a timed rotation, but I think I will look at all my pieces in a new way to see if a goal rotation might be a possibility. I imagine there will be some pieces where it might be difficult to find a stopping spot that would work.

Blu said...

Good luck with the rotation.

HSS looks amazing!

Kathy A. said...

What an absolutely beautiful piece. I know how complicated her work is and so recognize how beautiful it is and what a great job you are doing.

Holly said...

Even though I've never really thought about it, I think I'm goal oriented too. I almost always think about how far I want to go before I switch to something different.

I love your VS sampler. I haven't been inspired to work on mine because I'm not thrilled with the way the letters at the top look kind of drab agains the recommended fabric. I know that once I finish the over one vines at the top and can move forward, I'll probably enjoy it much more. Maybe that will be my next goal!