Hi all those who are working on the stitch explorer challenge. This is the last challenge post of the year. So the end of the 2009 challenge which is a little sad. This month is a catch up month.
Back in May, I proposed a number of options to the group and one of the results was that in the year there were “catch up” months. Since December is always very busy I decided then that it would be a catch up time.
Early on in the year, people wanted a list of embroidery styles in the challenge ahead and I gave it to them in a PDF file. I said at the time that those who wanted a surprise each month, not to download it but I think many did. I think it took the ‘edge’ off the challenge for many people. That combined with me not having as much time as I would have likes to experiment myself meant it was a quiet challenge.
I am not sure a monthly challenge – particularly one with catch up months works as well as weekly or fortnightly challenges. I know I did not feel the same sense of excitement.
Also many people forgot to come back here and leave a comment with a web address others can visit and see what you have done. I am not a very good nag so that is my fault for not reminding people more. If when you leave a comment, if you fill in the form with your URL, it means that when people click on your name they will be taken to your blog.
That said for those who worked the challenge there is some great samples posted to the Stitchexplorer group. Do check it out and give them feed back and if you are in catch up mode don’t forget to post to the flickr group or leave a message here.
I have had emails and comments of people asking me if I am going to run a challenge. I also get asked at least once a fortnight if I will ever run another TAST challenge.
If you are not sure what TAST was please visit the TAST FAQ page.
The good news is that I have found enough new stitches to run another challenge like TAST but the bad news is that for me life looks to be very busy and up in the air for at least the first couple of months next year. I know I could just list a stitch but I have found without a tutorial and some samples people lose interest.
2010 runs off the tongue so nicely it feels like it should have a good memorable challenge. So my question to readers is are you interested in a new TAST challenge perhaps starting a little later in the year? If so when is good for readers? Other ideas and suggestions? Speak up as this is where I decide what is going to happen.