Tuesday, August 29, 2006

My Own Worst Critic

*sigh*

Sometimes my own "perfectionist" tendencies are a pain.

Last night I took Once Upon a Time down from the wall and started inspecting the stitching. I found a bead that was wobbly, a twisted stitch (or 2 or 3!), and other little imperfections that made me sad. Now to just about anyone else, it looks beyond fine, but to me there is definitely room for improvement. I wish I didn't do that....I wish I could just say, "wow, that is beautiful and a lot of work, all done by ME"....but I can't. That is the reason I get frustrated and put projects down - I start feeling that no matter what, the finished product will be substandard.

Oh well. At least all my stitches are crossed in the same direction......

10 comments:

Singular Stitches said...

We can be our worst enemies sometimes...

I'm sure it *is* absolutely gorgeous, but I understand, as the stitcher, you know what's wrong, and it seems like that's all you can see.

Go easy on yourself. This is a craft, and it should be enjoyable not a source of stress.

*hug*

Kim said...

I do this to myself all the time. I can't see all the things I did *right* just the things I did wrong. AND everyone else's stitches *always* look better than mine. So don't despair, I think it's normal for stitchers to be overly critical of our own work. Just know that to the rest of us, your work looks fantastic. :D

ozark crafter said...

I don't ever think my work is good enough. I am terrified of someone seeing the back of it, which to me is horrible! I would love to do model stitching but I KNOW my work isn't good enough. Oh boy, aren't you and I a pair?

Von said...

Don't despair, Erin! I'm sure your stitches are much better than they appear to you. Just keep stitching and learning new tricks and techniques for improving. We all have areas of stitching that could use improvement. :D

Cindy said...

I know what you are feeling. I do that with just about anything. We all have areas that need improvment, but as you said, to anyone else it is beyone fine! I have just tried to learn from what I find wrong and go on. I try not to let them get to me, mistakes and things. Just go on knowing that the next one will be even better!!!

Leah said...

I know how you feel. It's so hard being a perfectionist. Try not to let it get you down too much. :)

Meari said...

I think anyone who has a creative bone in their body is their own worst critic. Where do we draw the line? LOL Don't worry... no one else can see it. :)

Carol said...

I think all stitchers have a touch of OCD in them :-) I inspect my pieces all too regularly too!

Sharon said...

Try not to worry-we all want perfect pieces. But if everything was perfect-what would be the fun and uniqueness in that! I think your stitching is lovely!

AnneS said...

I have to admit, it's taken me a long time to become less critical of my stitching ... I know a lot of people use a laying tool etc to get their stitches laying nice and flat and perfect, but to me it takes away the enjoyment of it all - and that to me is the important bit, that you enjoy the stitching process. The only thing I'm critical about these days is my finishing, but I know that's just my inexperience and lack of confidence ... but for now I just enjoy the stitching, and don't critique it too much - like you say, only you think it's not good enough, we all think it's great, and so do others :D