17 UFOs in 2017

Still More Circles

Still More Circles

Meredithe (Pomegranate and Chintz) and Anne (Frayed At The Edge) are running a challenge for the year – 17 UFOs in 2017. The idea is not necessarily to finish, but to make substantial progress, on 17 UFOs.

Now, I’m not sure I have that many UFOs, and I have many new projects I want to work on (more on those soon), but I do have a good few that are stalled, or that I’m not sure whether I’ve finished or not, so although I’m not going to join in regularly, I will try to use the impetus of the challenge to remind myself to assess progress.

Blanket Stitch Fans

Blanket Stitch Fans

1 Eve in the Garden of Eden – I really want to finish this so I can sign up for the Stumpwork Lion!
2 Nefertiti Shawl – well, clearly, I want to be able to wear this!
3 Queen Anne style teacloth – this is a travelling project, so it depends on where I go and whether I have light or time to work on it.

From The Back

From The Back

4 The Modern Stitch-Off – I’m not sure whether this is finished or not, so if I can at least decide that by the end of the year, I’ll be pleased.
5 The Christmas Angel – I was going to work on the Christmas Angel last year between Christmas and Epiphany, and never set a stitch on it.

Shoulder Cape

Shoulder Cape

6 The Faience Necklace – this has been a real trial to me, as I can’t bring the design into focus. I’ve got some lovely silk thread so maybe that will help me to get started.
7 The Swan – I got the first layer of Laid and Couched work done, and have had trouble working out the detail layer…

Swan - First Layer

Swan – First Layer

8 The Unicorn – again, first layer done, details escaping me.

Unicorn - the first layer

Unicorn – the first layer

I have a lot of other things I want to do, which are barely begun, never mind finished, and as I have said, in the case of several of these projects it is not a matter of simply stitching, so much as deciding what to stitch, and then stitching it.

My real target for the year with these eight is to have finished the Nefertiti Shawl and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Anything else is a bonus!


  1. Carolyn says:

    Good luck with this. Last year I failed miserably with my UFO list. I think the “make considerable progress” comment will result in a lot more sucess than I had.

  2. elaine says:

    Glad you are joining in! I think the key work is ‘progress’ that’s what I am aiming for – Good Luck!

  3. jenclair says:

    Oh, my! so many beautiful projects in progress! I like the goal of making progress on UFOs–sounds more pleasant and more “do-able.” Good luck, Rachel, on making significant progress!

  4. Sue Jones says:

    Good luck with achieving your aims.

    I’ve got several pieces that just need mounting/framing properly or otherwise finishing off. I’d like to get them done this year. I’ve also got some long-term pieces I don’t want to complete unless/until the right inspiration comes along, so I would prefer them to stay as they are rather than ‘force’ a finish on them and spoil them. They can wait. I’ve got one or two things that common sense tells me should be abandoned rather than continued, as they are not working out. And one or two pieces in progress which are not yet in the UFO department. Plus the new pieces I already know I want to do this year, some with deadlines. So I’m trying not to start work on anything that isn’t one of the above until I’ve caught up a bit. However….

  5. Lady Fi says:

    Good luck with your UFOs!

  6. Cynthia says:

    I just looked at my spreadsheet of all my projects and I have 33 UFOs, not including the projects that are finished and need to be framed. This is a worthwhile goal, if I could get a third of them finished I would count myself fortunate.

  7. Ha! Finally got to see all your WIPs/UFOs. 🙂

    The challenge would be no use to me – I have only 2 embroidery projects that I need to finish, 1 baby knit that needs buttons and stitchery trums and 2 ancient sewing projects that are cut out. I simply cannot imagine having 17 UFOs. SEVENTEEN!?!

    [Draws back in horror!]

  8. Just realized how hideously pious my comment sounds!!!! 🙂

  9. Catherine says:

    What a great range of projects! Even if you don’t get them all finished they will provide you with a good amount of variety. And finishing those two projects sounds like a large achievement in itself! Good luck and have fun.

  10. Lin says:

    Good luck! Lots of lovely things to work on and I am looking forward to seeing your progress. xx

  11. Penny Baugh says:

    YIKES!! I would be overwhelmed having this kind of ‘challenge’. Its a wonderful incentive though – to finish what has been started.

  12. Hi Rachel, I am glad that you are joining in with our challenge. It has been good to see how many people are joining us with the aim to make progress – so much more enjoyable than deadlines to have things finished!! Anne

  13. Hope you enjoy getting your projects completed, or some further work done on them! You have some lovely things underway.

  14. Terrie says:

    I can see you are very much engaged as creative.

  15. Meredithe says:

    Fantastic! Great list and yes, you can join in with all these and we will eagerly watch your progress.

  16. Susan says:

    Kind of refreshing to see only 8! I seem to accumulate unfinished projects like … well, I don’t know what, but there are a LOT of them!