Take a Stitch Tuesday Week 13

Last week I asked if people needed a catchup week. The votes to take a week off, far outweighed those against so it is officially a catch up week but for those who are going through withdrawal symptoms I have a mini challenge !

The mini challenge for stitchers who cant stop……

You have 2 options you can choose to do one, or both it’s up to you.

Mini challenge 1

Take 3 -6 of the stitches we have have done so far and create an interesting visual piece that will encourage  new hands or busy hands to learn and to “catch up”. In other words create some eye candy for those who are falling behind, either because of busy lives or because they are new hands.

Mini challenge 2

Share a tip on how you manage your stitching time. How do you juggle family, work and stitching? Are you organised about your time and workspace? Do you plan and schedule in your stitching time into a busy day? That is a topic people love! Either blog about it or leave a forum post on stitching fingers.

When done leave a comment

For those both catching up and those taking the min challenge swing by here and leave a link in the comments so peopel can visit your site.

Someone suggested a catchup week every six weeks but I think this might mean people lose momentum. It is a fine balance because if people who are new to embroidery feel overwhelmed they drop the activity all together. More experienced stitchers know they can pick it up again but people who are new have not developed their own stitching processes, routines and habits. The challenge is for all levels but much of my online activity is about promoting embroidery. So what I will be doing throughout the year is keeping track of the mood of the challenge and adapting accordingly.

Also there will be 52 stitches so if we have a catchup week the challenge will just over run so folks wont be missing out.

Heads up! Other news I am moving this blog
Also I have some news I am in the  process of moving the blog. I have been with squarespace for 3 years now but have decided that a self hosted wordpress blog will be better even though it will cost me more. There are nearly 4,000 post on this blog and associated images. I have been working on moving it for a month and I will move the blog soon – if all goes well this week. The address will still be pintangle.com so hopefully it should not cause too much disruption.

I am just giving everyone the heads up so if you notice anything strange it’s just me heaving, pushing and kicking things into shape as change things about. If the move happens to fall on April 1 it’s not a joke just bad timing and if I skip the odd post I am just busy tinkering…

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31 Responses to Take a Stitch Tuesday Week 13

  1. Dianne says:

    I have finally got around to putting my Week 13 challenge piece here in the comments.
    You can view it on Stitchin Fingers:

  2. A few more details on the week 13 challenge, whilst working on my week 14 satin stitch.

  3. Anneliese says:

    So late because of trouble with internet which is still going on.

  4. Marie says:

    I combined several TAST stitches that I missed into one project:


    Thanks for giving us the catch-up week Sharon, much appreciated.

  5. Sandhya says:

    the blog is beautiful and really uncluttered. tried posting my comments thrice yesterday and am trying again today. thanks to the break week, i managed to catch up, and even found time to attempt the week 13 challenge. my work is here – http://knitspurlsandhooks.blogspot.com/

  6. Claudia says:

    My first comment got lost. You can see my attempt on week 13 mini challenge on my blog: http://fabricfusion.blogspot.com/2012/03/tast-13-mini-challenge.html

  7. I think my link must have gone astray with the changes, so here it is again. I did ‘challenge 1’ but with all the stitches we have done so far.

  8. Debbie says:

    My website did not come through – looking forward to Week 14!

  9. Ann says:

    I did some samplers that I put in my TAST embroidery journal along with a gratitude list and personal reflection. Enjoyed using several stitches: couching, running, cross, chevron, and whipped wheel.


  10. Mertie says:

    I combined two learning processes. Learning needlefelted pieces and applying learned stitches to it. Result can be seen on my blog:

  11. Iris Lins says:

    Hi friends, I didn’t finish my challenge embroidery, but I decided to share a post about hand dyeing threads. Hope you dye some for TAST http://irispatchwork.blogspot.com.br/2012/03/hand-dyed-threads.html

  12. Debbie says:

    This was a good challenge for a beginner like me. It challenged me – especially the barred chain!

  13. Julie says:

    I got an idea in my head and stitched it out. When I think “Bling,” I think Black Tie. So I stitched a Blackwork Tie! Here’s the scoop: http://theshopsampler.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/blackwork-bow-tie-tast-bonus-challenge/

  14. Hi Sharon,
    Thanks for the catch up week. I have worked on a small design with the stitches I could not complete earlier.


  15. My first comment seems to have failed!
    Here’s my alternative offering for week 13 and beyond 🙂

  16. Pippa says:

    Hi Sharon
    New blog looks great.
    Here are my Tast week 11 and 12 not managed 13 but t least I am up to date.



  17. Annet says:

    I wrote a post yesterday about both parts of your mini challenge:

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  19. Romona says:

    Hi Sharon, Not sure if my last comment made it here, I don’t see it. I’ll post again and if it’s a repeat, please delete.
    My week 9 – 12 stitches are done. I have them posted on my blog… http://northbrookstitches.blogspot.com
    Thanks, Romona

  20. Luiz Vaz says:

    Hi Friends, In this week, I made my first blog. From now, I see you too at
    Thank you for usual feedbacks, always appreciated!

  21. ValerieL says:

    I have been making flowers from some of the TAST 2012 stitches. I put a few of them up on my blog at:

    Thanks a bunch.

  22. Romona says:

    Hi Sharon, The new look is great. I hope the growing and moving pains don’t last long. I’ve finished my weeks 9 – 12 stitches. They’re on my blog… Thanks, Romona

  23. Mariainez L. Ribeiro dos Santos says:

    This week I trained the stitches,making a velvet purse for my daugther.I hope she likes.

  24. Carol Harper says:

    Here is my “eye candy” http://pintangle.com/2012/02/16/introducing-block-55-on-the-i-dropped-the-button-box-quilt/
    I cheated a little — I used 7 (8 if you count pattern darning different from running stitch) of the stitches we had used so far PLUS backstitch and French Knots… but I think the pieces needed them…

  25. Beth B says:

    My mini-challenge, week 13 is at: http://still-life-pond.blogspot.com/2012/03/tast-continues.html

    As far as making time for stitching… What enabled me to find, join, and catch up the first 12 weeks of the challenge was a sprained ankle. (I do NOT however recommend that as a method of making time for yourself!)

    Thank you, Sharon. I’m really enjoying the challenge.

  26. Diane says:

    Here’s my project for this week’s catch-up.
    Can’t wait to see a new stitch next week. This new blog looks a lot more streamlined. Hope it is easy for you to use. I have been happier on WordPress.

  27. Ann says:

    I enjoyed this week’s mini-challenge #2 and used six different stitches in a 12″ x 12″ quilt square block. (I’m doing an embroidered quilt square block each month and will create a quilt at the end of the year with the embroidered pieces and other fabric.) Here’s the link to pictures and more about the stitching I did for the mini-challenge:


  28. konnykards says:

    I can’t always cope with technology and changes but I’ve looked round the new site and it looks good!
    Despite the catchup week I still have to stitch for Week 13 – must do that today – but I have enjoyed doing the mini challenge:
    Why don’t I do things in order I ask myself?? Connie.

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