Things they never tell you

I was originally going to name this post ” the money pit” and write about underestimating materials and the expense of projects. Then I realized there are other things people never talk about with projects, maybe because we don’t like admitting they happen. But here it goes:

1. The Money Pit: doing period projects cost money. Specialty fabrics, silks, gems, wood, metals, you name it.. They cost more than the imitations. I use imitations, or good substitutions all the time. I can do more for the same budget. But I have also found you can always get the right look or the material to do what you want it to do without breaking down and shelling out money for it. Which takes me to my next item……

2. Underestimating: whether its time or money, we all underestimate our projects. Remember that earlier post about my awesome pearl stash.. I need 3 times what I bought. Same with the gold bullion. And it’s not just materials. What about all the things you need just to make it. Sewing machines, embroidery frames, scissors etc. What about time. This started and I knew I had till next year but all of a sudden it’s like less than 4 months and I haven’t even finished the sleeve.
So on to the next point:

3. It is all consuming: once you get started on it, you will get obsessed. Researching, designing, sewing..driving our family nuts with the question of doom ” what do you think….” Remember , there is no right answer other than ” it looks great.” Otherwise we are likely p have a meltdown and trash it. Which leads me to the last point.

4.Perfection: We are own worst critics. We can see, every flaw in the piece. We know how any times we ripped something out or balled it up and threw it in the trash. People looking at your work aren’t going to be nearly as harsh as you are. I am not saying don’t rip out work you are unhappy about. I am just saying give yourself permission to make mistakes.

So this all being true. Here is where I am at as of this evening. Amazing how much you get done when you are laid up for a few days .

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2 responses to “Things they never tell you

  • opusanglicanum

    I just had to re dye madder to finish my project – then found I didn’t need it.

    I must admit I have pretty much a lifetime supply of embroidery pearls though, as about ten years ago I went to the wholesalers to pick up the pearls I’d ordered (for £2 a string)and they couldn’t find them, so she pulled out 100 strings of a far superior quality and siad they were £1, so I bought the lot before she realised her mistake

  • Alysten

    It is turning out lovely. I cannot wait to see it in person. :-)

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