My part in this project was much of the disassembly, cutting, sewing and moaning. My husband did the hard part, the putting it back together, stapling and not giving up.
The spouse like puzzles and likes detail. This is after all a man who buys crabs and spends five hours cooking them and squeezing out the meat to make a crab quiche like he hasn't even heard of a can opener.
Here he is in action picking up where I left off with the chair:
And below here he is doing the test elevation in recovery mode. It was a huge job, particularly for our first ever upholstery job:
And here is the final chair, with the weird eyeball fabric I thought at the time would update it:
Now I can absolutely say that if I did not have my husband's persistence this would not have ever been finished. Once I got into taking it all apart my own personal reaction was, you have to be kidding, this is waaay too much trouble.
I am not a fussy sewer. I can be careful and precise when I sew but it is not something I like to repeat too often.
I like variety, the challenge of a new pattern, trying to figure something out. My mind is so often on to the next project before I finish the current one.
I am a garment sewer entirely. I like that there are two sleeves and one collar. I would not enjoy 50 sleeves and 25 collars one after the other. It is beyond me how quilters can do 524 pieces the same. In fact one of my sisters, who is a meticulous quilter and I should add also great at upholstery, and I once tried to make a quilt together for our parents. I did my squares and sent them to her. She sent them back to me.
"Haven't you heard of a 1/4" seam allowance?"
I eyeballed it. Got it done didn't I?
Well not really.
I operate more on enthusiasm than a system.
It has taken me a long time to understand this is just part of my style and to go with it try to make the most of it, rather than trying to meet other expectations.
This orientation is why I am always a SWAP drop out, and probably why I nixed my one Chanel jacket project.
I am careful if I can do it once and say "Cool" but not if I have to do it over and over again.
Does this make sense to you?
What kind of sewer are you? What kind of projects do you enjoy most?
What kind of sewing have you accepted you don't enjoy and stopped doing it?
What guilts have you given up?