Some time ago ... well, perhaps quite a while ago ... I began embroidering a table runner with a simple sashiko-style circle motif. Like all projects, it began with great joy. Golden circles for my table, how lovely that will be!
When I began it, I anticipated buying a new table to replace to the less-than-wonderful one I've had for so many years. But then ... that didn't happen due to other expenses ... so the table runner languished, half done, for most of last year.
This is silly, I finally decided last month. Finish it and use it, even if there is still no wonderful new table. Stop wanting everything to be perfect.
So I finished up the embroidery. And I cut the backing piece (the wavy red fabric). Progress!
But that's as far as I went. Of course, I've been busy with many other projects—publishing new designs, personal knitting, painting, embroidery—not to mention a full-time job. But really, how much time does sewing a few seams take?
As soon as I saw the Double Dog Dare over at the Squam blog, I thought of my poor unfinished table runner. So I took the dare: my golden circles will be smiling up at me from my tippy old table by the first Thursday of February.
Got something big or small you need a little push to do? Take the Double Dog Dare! As a back-care booklet a doctor once gave me says, "an action detained is a tension retained." Won't you feel great a month from now when you've finally done something you've been putting off?