TAST Week 9 Highlights

Well  here I am again, empty coffee cup on the desk but ready with a round up of couching samples worked this week which for me, are the highlights.

I know I say this each week but it is always hard to choose.

Over on Pierres, papiers, ciseaux there is an excellent tutorial on Bayeux stitch which is a form of traditional couching.

If you cant speak French use Google Translate it is a wonderful tool.

I think this is the best sample yet from La Bastidane. If you have not been following what she does each week you are really missing out on some great eye candy.

For a ‘thread’ that is a little different, over on Wild Roses and Blackberries you can see couched metal ball chain 

Over on Beading Arts Cyndi wrapped white eyelash yarn over a thick green thread and then couched it to her work.

Joyce in the Cactus patch couched ric-rac.

Susan McGowan over on stitchin fingers stitched this amazing fish!

Someone celebrated a birthday over on Claudia’s Blog.

Over on Brodibidouillages et Compagnie there is a little snail! Once again use google translate if you can not read French!

I hope you have enjoyed this weeks selection. Dont forget to visit the page and browse some of the links left in the comments. There are some great samples being worked for this challenge and if you dont take the time to look you really are missing out on some wonderful creative interpretations.

Further information on the FAQ page

If you need further information on the challenge a list of stitches covered so far or directions on how to participate please visit the TAST FAQ page.

You can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges –  Take a Stitch Tuesday category

Other groups and networks

You can also share your explorations with other members on the social network site of your choice. There is a Facebook TAST 2012 page,   stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site. These sub groups are set up by the request of members you do not have join any of them.

Browsing warning ahead

First up make a cuppa as there is a browsing warning for this post as over on Stitchin Fingers I had another Post a photo of … challenge of Herringbone stitch

In case you are wondering the idea behind Post a photo of … challenge is to share photos along a theme, topic or technique. Photos can be of past or current work.  This challenge is open to all members of stitchin fingers and people are free to swing in and out of the challenge as life dictates.

Stitch junkies is growing too and through the week I tidied up the stitch along information and clarified how it will run, what is planned etc.

I have noticed a few really good tutorials lately so I thought I would point them out incase you have missed them

About a week ago now Allison Aller wrote a tutorial on Crazy Crumb Piecing. I dont know how often I have see Allie do something and think, gosh I do that too! Anyway, this is a great technique to get rid of the tiddlers and scraps and it leads to many happy accidents.

Mary Corbet of Needle n’ Thread has written a tutorial on on how to join chain stitch. This tutorial is a perfect example of Mary Corbet’s strength which is attention to detail. If you are aiming to really master embroidery her blog is a rich source of advice, tips and fill tutorials so don’t miss Chain stitch tip: Circles

Another really useful tutorial is over on White threads as Yvette Stanton has written a very good  tutorial on How to determine thread count

Over on Needlework News Denise Felton has found some great free patterns for stitched bookmarks and done a good round up of them.

Anyway happy browsing!

Stitchin fingers News

screen shot of siteA New Design Challenge

Over on Permutations in Fiber Stitchin fingers member Ruth Lane is running a regular design challenge.

Ruth describes it as

 “Each month, I will post the design topic, give an explanation and give resources for further information. I will then have a list of questions that you can begin asking about your work or your studio journal explorations to help focus in on that design topic. Anyone can join in …”

Visit Design Focus Friday episode 1 to read more and join in.

Stitch along

I have sorted out a better description with more details on how the Stitch Junkies stitch along will run.

A new tutorial on how to make felt balls

Also over on Stitchin Fingers we have a new tutorial on how to make decorative felt balls is kindly written, photographed and supplied by Stitchin Fingers Member Grace Lister.

If you want to share a tutorial send me a message on Stitchin fingers or leave a comment here and I will  happily get it online for you

Honestly I have to be careful otherwise I can spend far too much time on that site! Make a cuppa and enjoy.

First “Post a photo of …” challenge is up

This is a quick note to let people know that over on stitchin fingers the first “Post a photo of …”  challenge is up.  

“Post a photo of …” challenges are  a way to share photos of past work.  All members and free to join in. There are no sign ups or tight regulations. The idea is share a photos of what you have done along a theme I set. I am sure we will see some interesting and creative stuff and it is an opportunity to show us what you have made.

Join in, or swing by stitchin fingers later and check out what people have loaded  online.