I’ve added another list to my sidebar under the WIPocalypse list. This one is called “To Complete”. In the lifecycle of needlework and rug hooking projects, once you are done with the stitching or hooking, the project is “finished”. Woohoo! You get to show it off and do a happy dance.

But then what? When does the finished work turn into a rug, pillow, framed art, eyeglass case, or whatever its final form is? How do I decide what it will be (truth be told, I actually don’t need any more needlepoint pillows). This is the sticking point for me on many, many projects. I am not alone in being a stitcher/hooker who loves the journey and is less interested in the final piece.

But to honor the work I’ve done and the time I put in, these projects need to be completed and turned into…something. Here are photos of my projects in the To Complete list:

Reindeer rug – just needs to be bound, then it will be on the floor at Christmas time (with Clark on top if it, apparently).

Two Elephants needlepoint – most obvious way to complete it would be a pillow, but I keep hoping for inspiration to strike.

Heart Doorstop – wrap it around a brick, it’s a doorstop. Easy and useful.

rug-hooked brick doorstop


Jan’s quilt – Steve’s aunt Jan gave me unfinished quilt squares that had been in her family. I’m finishing the blocks and will turn it into a lap quilt.

Jan's quilt squares

Castell Coch Monkey petit point – I’d love to do something interesting with this! I finished it a number of years ago and am still deciding what it could be.

Monkey petit-point

40’s lady needlepoint – she is my oldest finish. I love her look, what should she be…?

1940's lady needlepoint

Wombat over-one cross-stitch – he could be a bookmark, I suppose, or a little ornament.

Wombat over-one

Hare over-one cross-stitch – he will become a scissor fob.

Hare over-one

Mondrian needlepoint – this was a really fun cyber class from Napa Needlepoint. It is supposed to be an iPhone case, but I already have a case I like. This one is a mystery about how to complete it.

Mondrian needlepoint

And this is an actual complete! The bird needlepoint eyeglass case. Since it was a stich-n-zip kit, I could hardly not complete it. I lined the inside with some ultra suede.

Eyeglass case


Cambria 2012

After missing Cambria last year, it was a welcome breath of fresh air (literally) to go back this year. I wasn’t in top rug hooking form – it isn’t calling to me as much as it has in the past. But the week was so delightful that it helped bring some of my mojo back.

I started every morning with a walk around Cambria Pines Lodge. I always ran into interesting wildlife – quail and deer, mostly – and made it down the hundreds of steps to town (and back up again). Then I found a cheater way back up to the lodge – still steep, but no stairs – and was welcomed by this sweet family:

Deer in Cambria

Momma and her twin fawns. Momma was on alert, but then hung around long enough for me to fumble out my iPhone and snap a couple of photos before they cavorted off.

Cambria Pines Lodge is a beautiful oasis, with their own gardens, including a vegetable garden (walled against the deer but visitors are welcome to walk through a gate to visit it). They use the produce from this garden in their restaurant, and oh boy do they feed us well!

photo of Cambria Pines Lodge garden greenhouse

So what was I working on? A project I inherited from my former rug hooking teacher. She had already done the face and big leaf, and I was having trouble getting the feel of the shading. Wound up being the perfect project to bring and have Elizabeth Black help me with. I got the front plant and rabbit’s body (mostly) done:

So now I need to decide if I keep working on this, or go back to my WIPocalypse rug hooking project…decisions, decisions!