Olde Colonial's Mimi's Pin Cube begun 1/1/2004, finished 7/2004 (center)
Amaryllis Artwork's Little Peace Angel begun 1/1/2005, finished 3/2005 (right)
All stitched by Theresa
The Metrostitchers began a tradition many years ago of starting a new project at New Year's. No matter how many projects we have going, we each start something new on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day to honor all those needleworkers who have gone before us--the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and friends who have taught us to love fiber and thread, and whose legacy we carry on every time we pick up a needle. Large or small, complicated or simple, as long as it involves fiber and needle and hasn't already been started, it's a New Year's Start.
Scandinavian Stitches' Nordic Hearts Ornament begun by Theresa on 1/1/2008
We both had to do a little research to figure out what we each started over the years. I was surprised by two things: that I had finished so many of those starts and just how many years I didn't follow the tradition! It's actually been hard for us to stick with the tradition because for so many years we have been consumed at New Year's with finishing new designs to be released at the February Nashville Trade Show.
By the Bay's Winter Hill started by Cynthia on 1/1/2009
A New Year's Start can also be an opportunity for experimentation -- such as testing a new fiber on a favorite motif, or trying a new stitching technique like blackwork. Cynthia did just that on 1/1/2003 - using a variegated Gloriana Silk Pearl and a Leon Contrad blackwork motif. As you can see, her experiment shows that the twist of the silk pearl gives a very intersting textural look to the blackwork.
For Cynthia and I, the New Year's Start is an opportunity to take a break from Arachne design work and stitch pieces by other designers. After all, we are stitchers first. Cynthia's New Year's Start this year will be a new block on Carriage House's The Village of Hawk Run Hollow. And yes, indeed, starting a new section of a large project that has distinct sections is considered a new start!
I'm still 'examining my options.' I'll post a comment when I finally decide! I am busy at the moment though, finishing the Nordic Heart's Ornament.
We hope you will join us in this tradition, and let us know what you start!Theresa