What's your oldest piece of 'work in progress'?

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I was looking for something to knit and so needed my mum's old knitting pattern box for inspiration.

Needless to say, we couldn't find it (well, she died over 10 years ago and I haven't looked for it since) but I did find a box of WIP knitting amongst all the empty lego boxes and children's old school work.

I have never seen it before in my life. Obviously, I have, but I can't remember either buying or starting it.

I haven't knitted since I left home in 1987 so I guess it pre-dates that.

Are you as bad as me?!

wonkylegs Tue 21-Jan-14 15:08:39

I've got a teddy bear made of silk scraps that is about 15years old.... He's still waiting for his legs.

juule Tue 21-Jan-14 15:11:49

A half-done embroidery sampler started somewhere around 1984. grin

DramaAlpaca Tue 21-Jan-14 15:15:25

A tapestry cushion cover I started in 1991.

I resurrected it last year but it's still only about half finished. Luckily I still like the design & might actually finish it one day.

5HundredUsernamesLater Tue 21-Jan-14 16:01:52

I started a cross stitch picture for my daughters nursery while I was pregnant. Cross stitch definately wasnt for me, I never did get it finished and my daughter will be 16 this year.

Confitdecanard Tue 21-Jan-14 16:04:59

I started some bootees for my brother before he was born. He's now 24 and they are still unfinished.

stealthsquiggle Tue 21-Jan-14 16:36:43

I have a 15yo scrap quilt somewhere...

My DM started crocheting a cushion cover when she was pg with DB1. I think she finished it when DB2 (12 years younger) was about 10.

I found a jumper I was making for DS2 - it looks about 6mth size so presumably he was younger. I had completely forgotten about it until I found it about a week ago. He is 10 yrs now.

My mother has a part finished cross stitch for Charles and Di's wedding in 1981. Don't think there is much point in ever finishing that one. I am surprised she started actually. It isn't usually her thing.

craftysewer Tue 21-Jan-14 20:29:10

Just been sorting my cupboards out and found a half finished embroidery from around 1983. To be honest I don't think I'll ever finish it and really don't know why I'm keeping it. But it seems wrong to throw it out ifywim.

MistyB Tue 21-Jan-14 20:32:26

1989 - air fix model. I have carried it around through four countries and many many moves!! I must put a note in it so whoever clears my belongings when I die (many years from now!!), knows how special it is!!

ScentedScandal Tue 21-Jan-14 20:39:28

My knitting should be done in time for the next but one ice age.

Cross stitch - of course!

That reminds me of the seaside scene, all shadows and atmosphere, that I started 15 years ago.

I can't even see clearly to thread a needle now!

ThistledownAndCobweb Wed 22-Jan-14 17:15:04

A piece of patchwork circa 1993.

Originally I had grand plans to make a bedspread. It's about the size of a small cushion cover.
I had spend ages cutting and hand stitching when DH said "so youre cutting up big pieces into small pieces and sewing them back together to make a big piece"... So began the end of my patch work ambitions.

Shnickyshnackers Thu 23-Jan-14 01:19:11

The Charles and Di cross stitch really did make me hoot!!

stealthsquiggle Thu 23-Jan-14 10:13:13

Thistledown - a friend rang me when I was in the middle of a patchwork workshop, many years ago, and when asked what I was doing my answer was pretty much what your DH said "cutting up perfectly good bits of material in order to sew get back together". It wasn't that which stalled my patchwork, though - just lack of time sad.

TimeToPassGo Wed 29-Jan-14 21:26:33

A hugely complicated Alphabet cross stitch which I started fifteen odd years ago. If I dig it out soon it might be done in time for me to be buried with grin

ThistledownAndCobweb Wed 29-Jan-14 21:32:16

I actually got my patchwork out after reading this thread ... I looked at it and put it away again.
I have changed my allegiance to crochet

Dingle Tue 04-Feb-14 12:51:24

LOL. I have a box of patchwork hexagons up in the loft. I am 48 next month....and I started it in my teens! blushblush

Funny enough I am considering making the Summer House less of a toy storage area/dumping ground and into more of a shabby chic stylee chill out area. A patchwork throw would fit in just fine!!!

Lonecatwithkitten Tue 04-Feb-14 13:08:21

I cleared down last year finished the cross stitch I started in 1990 and the one I started in 2004 and got them both framed. Now I can not start a project till I have finished one.

ZingSweetApple Wed 05-Feb-14 08:30:20

one I designed in the summer of 2005, they are small quilted wall hangers and almost done.

another is our king sized bed quilt, designed in Jan 2006 - I'm quilting it by hand so will take a while, but it is assembled and I have quilted 1/16th of it already!grin

MiaowTheCat Wed 05-Feb-14 08:43:15

Just finished it - but it was only started in April. Current one is probably an Attic 24 hexagon blanket that was started in about July. This makes me sound much more virtuous than I am - my mum had a blitz and cleared out my unfinished cross stitch collection!

StainlessSteelCat Wed 05-Feb-14 08:57:12

Another one here with hexagon patchwork unfinished. I started it when I caught glandular fever in my teens, I have returned to it sporadically over the decades - it's now big enough for a small cushion cover.

That's not my oldest WIP though - that accolade goes to some embroidery. its a Chinese style scene, on linen, beautiful - and started by my grandmother 40 to 50 years ago. She died when I was 10, she was about 80% through it. I persuaded my mum to let me finish it (I used to help my grandma do it when she was alive - I was the official thread untanglergrin ) and its now at about 90% finished.

Later today I'll be off into the loft to dig it out again. Would love to finish it and show my mum.

PurpleFrog Wed 05-Feb-14 09:38:18

Oddly enough, I also have an unfinished hexagon patchwork I started in the 70s. It is about single bed size, hand-stitched. I can't decide what to do with it. It is a mixture of weights of cotton and polycotton, from old summer dresses to unwashed furnishing fabric from sample books. It is made up of completely random colours and patterns. I was originally making a duvet cover(!) but later realised that my patchwork wasn't going to stand the amount of washing that would require.

I did toy with the idea about 15 years ago of doing a regular pattern on it in black tape/bias binding, before quilting it as a quilt/throw, but I really can't decide...

I can remember starting a hexagon patchwork in the 70s - perhaps they were all the rage grin

I can remember solemnly hand-sewing many pieces and finding that they were gradually changing shape as I cut more from the original templates.

I gave up!

A baby sized patchwork quilt that I started when I was 17, made from among other things, Laura Ashley "Nutmeg" fabric. I'm 40 this year.

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