As I sit down to write this I am amazed that the year is almost over as before we know it we will be in the throws of preparation for the holiday season. Here in Australia our summer break falls over the Christmas break, making it not only the season of religious celebration but a holiday time of year. So although it is November I am of course thinking about the challenge next year. During the month readers had prompted me to propose a challenge for next year and I discussed it here. In response to that discussion I will continue with a monthly challenge.
Each month I will post details of either a slightly unusual or lesser known stitch, or a style of embroidery. I will provide readers with enough information to enable them to explore, investigate and or adapt the stitch or style. Readers can work the challenge on any project they choose which means people can adapt the challenge to their needs.
It will the same way as my past challenges. In other words I would announce what the stitch is and when people have responded on either a blog, flickr account, or some sort of photo space on the web, they can swing back here and leave their web address so people could visit, see what was done leave a comment. Since the idea is to share, if you want to participate you need a place online to share it. As suggested by Arlene I will title the challenge Stitch Explorer. Instead of being the first of the month I am going to make it mid month as in January I might be busy. So on the 14th of every month I will post details of the challenge that month. Feel free to leave a comment on this if you have any questions or ideas
This year over on Stitchin Fingers in the Hand Embroidery group I started a stitch-along. Just to avoid any confusion this stitch along will continue into next year and there is no reason why people can’t do both if they choose. The stitch along is very lay back as participants can choose to work any stitch or any number of stitches from the list of stitches on what ever project they choose. This is a project you can pick up as you have time and work at what ever pace is comfortable as there is no timetable as such.
With that news, it’s time to move on with TIF…
This month the challenge is to use typography as inspiration for a piece. Many designers are inspired by letter forms in other words it is the forms of the letters and words themselves that they find visually stimulating. It is not using text, as in using a quote or a sentence that they find stimulating but the look of the letters as a design element.
There are also some online tools that may inspire you too. (Obviously you do not have to use these tools it is just an idea) There is Wordle but be warned as it is one of those online tools that you can play with for hours. There is also Stitch points online text tool
The colour option this month is a palette taken from a bowl of flowers that I photographed at a flower show.
Remember that the colours can only ever be a suggestion as computer screens display colours differently. The aim is to be as close as possible to the colours on your screen. From ColourLovers you can download swatches to use is Photoshop, Illustrator, or in a CSS file.
As usual when you have worked the idea swing back to this page and leave a comment with blog or flickr address so that people can take a look at what you have been working on or done. There is a flickr group for the Take it Further Design Challenge and Debra Spincic has another TIF blog. Please remember if you use Debra’s TIF blog to swing by here too!
One last little bit of news …
I am very busy at work and plan to be not blogging for a week or so. There is nothing wrong it is just a busy time of year for me as I have explained in my last post. Soon, when the work rush is over I am going to be moving my blog. There is a lot of my life tied up here and would hate to lose it. Not that I think WordPress is likely to go broke in hard economic times, but the economic situation does make you think about the number of free services people use online. I want more control over my blog and although this free service has been simply wonderful it’s time to change.
So keep an eye on what is happening and enjoy the challenge!