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Welcome to Day 8 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a Signed Copy of Embroidered Effects, an Ultimate Kit, and Glow-in-the-Dark Floss from Sublime Stitching! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Friday, December 9th to be entered to win!

This prize includes a copy of Embroidered Effects signed by Jenny Hart, an Ultimate Kit, and five different colors of Glow-in-the-Dark Thread.

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


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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.10 PMby Sonya Stefanyshyn

    Hmm.. well it took me about 4months. To finish my tailored jacks n skirt. I was more into my gowns
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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.09 PMby Candice Leslie

    I have a pair of pillow cases I started somewhere around 3rd grade. They resurface every now and then and I work on them a little more. I’ll be 39 next month. Maybe I can finish them by the time I turn 40?

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      Dec 8, 2011, 06.10 PMby Candice Leslie

      I posted this and…I’m not Candice Leslie. Weird. Unless Candice and I both have issues with pillow cases and are closing in on 40.

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      Dec 8, 2011, 06.12 PMby Candice Leslie

      This is strange. I posted this and I’m not Candice Leslie.

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      Dec 8, 2011, 06.13 PMby Candice Leslie

      Last time and then I quit. I just flagged this as inappropriate because I can’t seem to log out of this account so maybe someone can help me out here. So weird. Still not Candice.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.08 PMby amyjojones

    I started knitting a scarf for my now mother in law when her son and I were just friends. It’s been six years. I think I need to give up the dream of knitting because I just can’t get the hang of it!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.08 PMby lhartup

    I have one that I started about 10 years ago, and it is still in my sewing room waiting to be finished. Does that count?!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.07 PMby leahfranqui

    Oh, dear. My first major dress pattern took me about a month to sew, and honestly, most of that was reading the instructions. But I’m a power through kind of person, and I can’t start one thing before I’ve finished the last thing.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.04 PMby rltejkl

    I still am embroidering blocks for a quilt top that I started over 12 years ago. It will be an old fashioned penny block quilt like my grandmother made during the depression. I had to hand trace each block fromthe quilt my aunt has and then embroidery the 108 different block. Was hopping to get it done to give to my daughter when she some day got married, she will be wed on Mar 2nd. Maybe in time for her 5th anniversary!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.03 PMby primandpropah

    How about years? haha I have so many ideas and unfinished projects that it’s ridiculous! There are actual finished projects so that’s good haha!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.01 PMby kanhoro

    a whole semester, a tailored jacket that was for tailoring class, had to use hymo interfacing which really was stinky when steamed and expensive wool and all the hand stitching :o

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.01 PMby kanhoro

    a whole semester, a tailored jacket that was for tailoring class, had to use hymo interfacing which really was stinky when steamed and expensive wool and all the hand stitching :o

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.00 PMby KathfromOz

    I’ve been known to say that reading/collecting craft magazines was my hobby because I rarely got to make anything from them. Now I think it more probable that “starting projects” is my hobby because I have quite a collection now. I started this ‘hobby’ at least 15 years ago with a self designed smallish cross stitch that is still in the wings, waiting…waiting…!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 05.54 PMby littleharvey94

    Ha, years. I honestly don’t know the exactly how long, but there are projects sitting around here that have been waiting to be finished up for quite along time.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 05.53 PMby alizaratnayaka

    I have taken 6 months years to finish a dress with alot of embroidery and work on it. I do love the dress and would spend that time making another one…

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    Dec 8, 2011, 05.49 PMby karmologyclinic

    I have a crochet shrug made of many motifs. Currently it’s about 70% done and it’s the 5th year that it has been a work in progress. Once a year I take it out of the deepest caves of my closet determined to finish it. I crochet one more motif, then I realize how boring it is to crochet motifs and put it back in the closet. With this rate it might be ready in 10 years.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 05.48 PMby egdirb

    I started knitting a blanket of sock yarn scraps not long after I started knitting, 4 years later it’s 1/4 done. I recon I do one weeks work on it a year, so it will probably do till retirement.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 05.46 PMby fittzwm

    Insanely, I spent about 120 hours (probably more) embroidering an Elizabethan coif. This head-covering was done on fine linen, embroidered with hundreds of feet of green silk and embellished with matching seed pearls. As I do historic costuming, I actually wear it. My next ambition is to embroider a jacket from the same period. I must be crazy!

    My Burda avatar is a head shot of the coif, blurry though it is.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 05.45 PMby mashka

    I have a large box FULL of unfinished projects! The project that took me the longest to make, that I finished, was a bubble gum pink bell shaped sweater I knit in high school. It took me three years to knit (I did a lot of unraveling and re-doing….) Ugh!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 05.44 PMby Annie Vallières

    I have knitted a vintage cardigan that takes me more than 6 months to complete.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 05.43 PMby atrinka

    Right now: a knitted pullover (more than a year !)

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    Dec 8, 2011, 05.41 PMby carina

    My weddingdress. many, may hours it took

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    Dec 8, 2011, 05.39 PMby camelama

    I have a project that’s about 35 years old, and it will probably take another 35 years – an embroidered tablecloth that has stitching by me, my mother, and my grandmother. It will probably take another three generations to finish!! :)

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    Dec 8, 2011, 05.38 PMby eckypucky

    Oh I’d say about a month. I don’t really keep track of that sort of thing but I have had projects that took me much longer than I thought they would. I’m still learning so some techniques stump me and slow me down til I get the hang of them.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 05.38 PMby rshelly13

    Right now it has been a month for a major project. I am restoring a vintage travel trailer. I can see myself working on it for at least two more. I love it though.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 05.33 PMby teamydear

    Well there’s a bunch of projects I got all the materials for but haven’t started. I also have had a pair of jeans waiting to be hemmed since I don’t know when. The latest project I made was a knitted headband that could have taken me two days, instead it took me two months. So yeah… I’m not good with timing :-)

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    Dec 8, 2011, 05.31 PMby bekabug8

    It’s taken me about 40 hrs to make a bustier. A lot of hand sewing!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 05.27 PMby brunettetruth

    At least 8 months, for a fairly complicated dress. And then it was too warm for summer!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 05.26 PMby dianajanssen

    I rarely have UFOs – I have a rule that I can’t work on a new project until the old one is done. There are a couple of exceptions. One is when I have to get gifts done like at Christmas – older projects get put aside until the gifts are done and then back to the other project. I also put projects aside when I’ve hit a roadblock – either because I’m not sure what I want to do with the next step, have to fix a fitting issue, etc. – we all have roadblocks. So I put the item aside, temporarily, let my brain work on it while I make other things and go back to it. Sometimes I play with the roadblock item to work out the issue. I rarely have items sitting around for much longer than two months. Once I start it, I keep working at it, one seam at a time, until it is finished. I find this is a good way to keep my brain organized and it helps me feel like I’m continually accomplishing something in my sewing. I have a chronic illness and sewing is what gets me through it all.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 05.26 PMby boppygreen

    I have a few things that will never be completed. My latest long-time project is a stretch velvet dress I started over a year ago. I drafted the pattern myself, which took a while. I hope to wear it this winter.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 05.25 PMby coppergonzo

    Definitely the green bay packers scarf I’m knitting for my dad- It was an unfinished present last year and this year it will finally be a finished present!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 05.24 PMby Natasha Venzke

    I started crocheting a scarf and 5 months later it’s still not finished. I’d love to win this. I found a whole bag of embroidery floss and a hoop at a charity shop and I’d love more ideas on how to use it.

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