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Comment to Win: What is the longest it’s taken you to finish a craft project?


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    Dec 8, 2011, 09.50 PMby eerieturnip

    Having read the question out loud, my husband burst out laughing. I have a good few projects still unfinished that have clocked up more than a few years in progress so far.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 09.48 PMby robiedodson

    This question is like asking " how many yards of fabric is enough?" Ha! There’s just no end to most projects I start – sadly. Right now, the project that’s been int the works the longest is a pair of chairs I’ve been waiting to recover. I purchased the chairs on craigslist 5 years ago. I purchased the fabric for the chairs 4.5 years ago. I finished the pattern for the slip covers 3 years ago. The chairs are now prominently displayed in my bedroom – as of yet uncovered, with the fabric I purchased draped over one chair like a quilt. Ugh!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 09.45 PMby januacoeli

    I begin a project 28 yrs ago and I still have not finished it. It was a Williamsburg sampler.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 09.31 PMby sewhappy-1

    I still have projects from about 5 years ago…and I’m nowhere near finishing them!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 09.20 PMby Crystal Henson

    It took me two years to finish a jean quilt. At least it DID get finished!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 09.19 PMby G-A-

    About 10 months, I just kept ripping and stitching. I am mostly happy with it but what a nightmare.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 09.13 PMby elisabetsy

    I am always starting on something and then moving on to the next thing before I am finished. I’ve been working on knitting a sweater made of very fine gauge yarn for at least 10 years. Little by little now I have gotten it through blocking and partial assembly, but still not DONE.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 09.13 PMby elisabetsy

    I am always starting on something and then moving on to the next thing before I am finished. I’ve been working on knitting a sweater made of very fine gauge yarn for at least 10 years. Little by little now I have gotten it through blocking and partial assembly, but still not DONE.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 09.03 PMby dawnwich

    I began an afghan in college, in the early 80s. I kept it when I moved from Ohio to California to Nebraska to Boston, through two marriages, two kids, and however many jobs. Just this summer I looked at it, thought that it would make a decent shawl if I bound it off just as it was, and did so. It looks pretty good even if the yarn choice is kinda 80s.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 08.53 PMby lejn

    3 years. I have a lot of unfinished ones so there is a good chance I can break my record.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 08.52 PMby hippie1969

    The longest it took me to finish a project is 1year 2months and counting. I still haven’t finished it. It’s an adorable hippie style blouse (go figure). My machine died and needs to be replaced. I will finish it when i get a new machine hopefully from Santa!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 08.50 PMby univacgrl

    I have unfinished cross stitch projects still kicking around from the early 90’s. A knitted baby blanket made of almost all garter stitch took me seven months to finish. I’ve mostly learned my lesson. If I can’t finish a project in a few days or weeks, I know I’ll give up. I really admire those beautiful detailed lengthy project, but I just won’t start things I know I won’t finish.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 08.49 PMby harksews

    Currently picked up a cross stitch that I have been working on intermittently for the last 5years currently less then 1/2 completed estimated completion date 2020

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    Dec 8, 2011, 08.49 PMby wanderingmuse

    It took me around 120 hours to make a quilt last year. It think that’s the longest amount of time I’ve spent on one project!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 08.47 PMby dameventh

    The longest it took me to finish something was one year and it was a scarf for my future step mom. I was trying to make it for Christmas but it didn’t get done until the Christmas after.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 08.47 PMby psvenndex

    It took me nine months. to piece and hand quilt a king-size quilt.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 08.37 PMby Shannon Kramp

    6month spent learning how to knit a scarf.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 08.34 PMby innocentlyevil1

    Goodness two years!! I started a tunic then I hated how it looked halfway through and threw it in my sewing kit. Then I picked it up again worked on it and have been working on it ever since.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 08.31 PMby Redsonia

    I hate to leave unfinished projects, even if I don’t like it any more or it is turning out not the way I like, I always finish it. So usually it tooks me about 2 weeks maximum.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 08.20 PMby ahearta

    I’m one of those people who can’t leave an unfinished project sitting around. I have had projects that have taken a few months, but mostly because I’ve needed to learn new techniques during the process and that’s taken a big chunk of time in itself.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 08.08 PMby prettysweet

    It took me a couple of years to knit a sweater once. And then I didn’t even like it.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 08.06 PMby spud13

    I’m ashamed to say I have a counted cross-stitch picture which I started around 1997. It’s moved house with me several times and has pride of place on a tapestry frame in the lounge – the idea being that I could just pick it up and do a bit every so often. Unfortunately, I’ve got so used to seeing it there, I never think to actually sew any of it! Every year for the past 4 years, it’s featured on my New Year’s Resolution list…maybe 2012…

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    Dec 8, 2011, 07.59 PMby sunnipaine

    12 months!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 07.39 PMby melike sonmez

    I have a valance for my kitchen that i started almost a year ago. Its in a bag somewhere its half done but I don’t think i will ever finish it. I have changed my kitchen and it now no longer matches hah!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 07.38 PMby makurochan

    ugh, i have stuff i started in high school around 12 years ago that i’ve never finished…

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    Dec 8, 2011, 07.37 PMby annsunny

    Um, do you mean finish as in done? I have plenty of UFO’s. Now that I think about it, if a project doesn’t get done in a couple of months, it has almost no chance of ever being finished.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 07.36 PMby thecraftyone

    I think it was about 2-3 years for me. My grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was in middle school and I decided to make a blanket. Making the foundation chain was quick and easy so I over did it. My foundation chain (just measured it) is about 10 ft. minus 3 or 4 inches. For some reason it didnt occur to me to take some (a lot!) out or maybe it did and I was being ambitious. Either way in them mind of a child things shouldnt take a long time so I couldnt just work on it diligently everyday it seemed like I would never finish. So I would work on it randomly for a few days every couple of months. One time though I left it so long that I forgot how to crochet haha and had to relearn. I have never finished another crochet project since.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 07.36 PMby Clare Bartlett

    Back in 1996 I worked in central London and visited Libertys. I found the most beautiful cross stitch sampler kit there. I bought it and started it the same day…still haven’t finished it. I do dig it out every now and again and I think 2012 maybe the year I finally finish it!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 07.35 PMby latulipenoire

    It once took me 5 months to make a pair of pants! Granted, it was about the third sewing project I ever tried, and was WAY above my skill level. Great pants, though!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 07.18 PMby Rose Armstrong

    Everything I finish usually takes place within 2 months, any longer than that I lose focus and forget about it!

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