I started all over again with a totally different idea, using my recycled sweater wool, and I was immediately so much happier. I found all the colors I wanted to use, including a fabulous purple for the background. I did the necessary pressing, cut out all my pieces, arranged and rearranged until I was satisfied with the design, and started stitching.
But, I failed. I realized that I had a mountain of stitching ahead of me. I would have to stitch non-stop for I'm not sure how long. And I still might not finish in time. And if I did finish on time, it would be a thoroughly unpleasant experience for me, and that would undoubtedly imbue the finished piece with bad karma. So, thanks to Doug, I liberated myself. He saw me stressing and imprisoned in the work which was becoming a chore instead of the pleasure it is supposed to be, and he asked, "Is this how you want to live your life?" NO! Thank you, Dougie!
I did some errands today, because I didn't have to stay home, chained to my work. And then I spent some time in the yard --- what a gorgeous day! And now I can enjoy sewing my piece, just the way I like to --- sometimes in my studio, sometimes in the family room, because I like the company. I can take as long as I need to, in order to get it just right. And I can enjoy the wonderful process.
Ahhhhh ..... isn't failure just perfect? :-)