One of the hardest things to figure out is when to just stop, when something isn't working, and you need to abandon ship.
I started this project as one of my first major pieces. Like all artists, I started with high hopes and aspirations as to what it would be. However, about 4 hours of work into it, I put down the rope and realized how much I hated it. Yes, that's right. I said hate and I mean hate. It was ugly, bulky, and awkward. My design had done this piece of beautiful driftwood a huge disservice.
As an artist, one would like to think that everything you made is beautiful, however I am my own most relentless critic. I'm constantly un-knotting and re-knotting rope. It's a daunting process but ultimately sometimes you just gotta get out of your own way and tell yourself something sucks.
I know you are asking WHY?! That looks....well, I felt it could be more or maybe that it should have been less.... The design path I was on did not leave any space for the rope or the driftwood to breathe. One of the things I really love about Macrame is that the rope takes you on a path, the patterns lead you to other patterns, and there is constant movement. This design was just too constricting.
8/9/16 Update: I finally did that driftwood service. I made "Balmoral".