Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Big UFO Reveal

So, today is the day. We have to show the world how many UFO's (UnFinished Objects) we have, projects waiting to be finished. I think I have way too many. So many that I had to buy a drawer system for them. A small drawer system, but still...

I have no idea why I haven't finished this one. It's going to be very pretty, and it's from one of my favorite books. The Beaded Sphere, by Judy Walker. I even have an autographed copy of it. But I put this project down about a year ago, and haven't picked it up since. It will only take a day or two, then I'll have a beautiful pendant.

This one is a great bracelet. I tried to pick it up the other day, but it's been so long that I can't remember where I am or what comes next. It's a shame, because it's a beautiful design by Beads Gone Wild. I really need to take the time to go over the pattern and figure out where I am so that I can finish it.

Now, this one, I know why I haven't finished. Because it's a PITA. Even though I know I will love it when it's done. It's a little "pod purse" by Idele Gilbert. First when I ordered it, for some reason I thought it was peyote stitch. Then I got it and it is square stitch, ugh. With 30 colors. In size 15 beads. I've been trying to make myself do a row a day, but I'm actually doing about a row a week. I may have it finished sometime in 2025.

And then there are a few more: a pair of earrings for a friend, another bracelet, and a few "beginnings" of 'I don't know' what. And I keep starting new projects, instead of finishing these. I need help. And that's why I'm glad that Karen Williams, of Skunk Hill Studio, has started a support group for us on Facebook. Maybe I'll finish one or more of these projects with support from the group. Maybe.

To see all the blogs and unfinished projects of other members of our group, or to ask for an invite to join us, hop over to Karen's blog at



Amy S. said...

Cat! I feel your pain!!! I have just too many of these similar situations in my beading area!!! Can't wait to see how you make out!

AntiquityTravelers said...

Looks like you're on your way to finishing several UFOs! and some really beautiful patterns

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Cat,
You have some very pretty beginnings. I have a box of these kind of beginnings too that I will get finished one day or repurposed into a new design. Stick with it and you will have finished projects before you know it.

Karen Williams said...

I so know where you are!

Reading through your post, I am reminded of one of the reasons I love freeform work. I may get 'lost' in my design, but I never have to figure out where I am in the pattern instructions. Which is a good thing, because I'm not very good at following instructions. It sounds like you want the finished pieces, but aren't really excited about the actual stitching. I'm guessing they get set aside for more 'fun to work on' projects. I've found when I'm struggling with this, having a crystal clear idea of why I want to finish can help pull me to the finish line.

Thanks for sharing three of your UFOs! I'll look forward to seeing them as they progress. :)

Liz E said...

What great beginnings. I hope you renew your interest in at least one of those projects. They are all definitely worth finishing. I find it hard when I've lot interest in a project to get my enthusiasm back. But, I'm going to try to use my feeling of accomplishment from finishing my first UFO to springboard me onto the next one. I vote you completing the Judy Walker pendant. Looking forward to seeing which one you pick, and seeing it in all of its finished glory!

Anonymous said...

It's interesting to see other people's reasons for retiring things to the UFO box. I'm totally with you on the square stitch project. Ugh, square stitch is the worst. So sloooooowwwwww.

I am curious to see how the Judy Walker pendant turns out. Her stuff is genius. I actually have a kit of hers from Bead and Button several years ago. I should really make it, but it's a million jillion repeats of the same component, and I'm not sure I have the patience for that at the moment.

Good luck with the finishing of these projects. It looks like they are all worth finishing.

Christine Altmiller said...

That Beads Gone Wild bracelet looks like it is going to be a real beauty when it is finished ~ you'll find your way with it. There is enough done already to hopefully spur you on! I laughed at the size 15 square stitch ~ there was a stretch of about three years time where square stitch was my go to. And now I shudder a bit when I have to do it.