I am joining in with Amy from Love Made My Home again with Five on Friday.
My Five on Friday this week is all about my UFO's - no, not the unidentified flying ones, but my unfinished objects (in this case cross stitch ones) that have been stashed away for a few years.
I used to cross stitch all the time but struggled to get motivation after my Dad passed away nearly five years ago now and all the stress that went with that. Over the last couple of years crochet has become my all consuming passion and apart from a couple of very small designs my cross stitch has been abandoned. However I thought that if I got some of the designs out and photographed them for Five on Friday my motivation might come back - it is not that I don't want to stitch but somehow can never find time for both my crochet and cross stitch.
I have always been a bit of a serial starter, starting on several projects and not finishing one project before moving onto the next as you will see in the photos below - hence the number of UFO's I have (not just in cross stitch but in knitting and crochet as well).
Well here I go with my five UFO's (please excuse their crumpled appearance but they have been tucked away out of sight for far too long):
A long way to go on this one, I really must finish this one day as the specialist threads and beads used in this design cost a small fortune. It is Winter Garden and is a beautiful design but quite complex using several different stitches (not just cross stitch).
I have the Hampshire village design (not started yet) to go alongside this one.
This was designed by my lovely and very talented friend Colette Robinson and is a Hardanger design (this is a stunning design so why have I left it lurking in a box for a few years)! Colly - you need to nag me about it, you know if you nag enough I will eventually spring into action (remember the cushion)!!!!
Perhaps this is the one I should start back in on first because it is a straight-forward design using only one colour of thread.
This is one that I attempted to stitch to get my motivation kick-started again a couple of years back - as you can see I didn't succeed!