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


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