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.

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. 

A free hand embroidery stitch guide to download

Hi all I was so busy and over excited about the fact that I was teaching at An Adventure in Crazy Quilting alongside famous Crazy quilters such as  Allison Aller and Betty Pillsbury that I totally forgot my 6th blogaversary!

I thought since it was my 6 years and one month mark I would release a treat for my readers. That is right, if you check the archives I have been sitting at my key board happily tapping away, most days for 6 years! I guess I am no longer a baby blogger…

screenshot of tutorial

A free gift … 

I have put together a free stitch guide! 12 Surface Stitches for Beginners is the 12 basic stitches that new hands to surface embroidery need to know. These same stitches, are also the basic stitches that crazy quilters use and build on. So anyone new to crazy quilting should find the file handy too.

I have edited down the instructions so that the stitches fit 2 to a page. This means a small print out which is easy to carry around or keep with you.

I have also taught all these stitches to children. So if ever you need to organise an activity for children you might find this file handy. So thanks for being a reader, download, stitch and enjoy.

Note: 12 Surface Stitches for Beginners is a PDF file which means you will need Acrobat Reader to open and read these files. You can download  a free reader on the Acrobat site

What is going on recently …

There are quite a few things cooking at the moment so it is worth doing a bit of a round up. So make a cuppa and if you have not touched base here for a while its worth scanning over what is going on as there is a lot!

I started a newsletter as too many people who swing by only occasionally emailed me about it. Sharon B’s Stitching News is an announcement only newsletter used to let people know about challenges, community events, classes and special bibs and bobs such as when stuff gets given away 12 Surface Stitches for Beginners.


An Adventure in Crazy Quilting – I am teaching there!

The really BIG news is that Maureen Greeson is organising  An Adventure in Crazy Quilting  in Glastonbury, Connecticut, of the United States.  I am teaching there!  People have oodles and oodles of time to save their pennies as it will be in April, 2011 but if you are interested do drop Maureen a line. Other teachers that will be there are Allison Aller and Betty Pillsbury … this is going to be a really good event.

At the moment Maureen needs to know who is interested. So contact her if you are thinking of joining us.


TAST 2 is fast approaching as the first TAST stitch for 2010 will be announced Tuesday March 2nd. There will be a new stitch every week until the end of the year. These stitches are all surface embroidery stitches. To make that clear they are not canvas, evenweave,  pulled or drawn thread stitches. This means many crazy quilters will be interested in these stitches.

All skill levels are welcome  but I will be working under the assumption that people know at least the basic stitches. Those that did not do TAST 1 check out 12 Surface Stitches for Beginners and the first series of TAST  stitches to get an idea how people explore stitches see the stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site

The fact that I have found enough new stitches to run another challenge like TAST has me quite thrilled. I am sure many will prove to be new and interesting and a little different for people.

The Challenge:

Each week I will take  a stitch and suggest people experiment with it, push it a little and see what possibilities the stitch holds.

If working a challenge stitch every week scares the daylights out of you. Take a deep breath …That is OK we understand… Last time some people simply worked the stitches that interested them. From my point of view I am happy to see people stitching and sharing what they learn. So if you want to swing in and out of the challenge as life dictates that is fine.

How to join:

To sign on leave a comment here with your name, and blog or flickr account.

If you don’t yet have a site to post images to you will need to set up one. You will need at least a flickr account or somewhere to have your images on the web. If you don’t have one go to http://flickr.com and join it is free and not difficult to use. The point is the share what you do so other stitchers can see what you have done.

The way it will work is when you have experimented with stitch you come back here, and leave a comment to say where you can see what you have done.

The start date:

Tuesday March 2nd

Skill level: 

All skill levels are welcome but see what I have said above.

Spread the Word

If you have a blog, if you enjoyed TAST or simply reading about TAST, spread the word and a list of those who are participating and guidelines page up soon I promise!

The stitchin fingers community

First up Stichin fingers grew to a huge online community of fibre folks. As I write we have just over 2,700 members!   If you are a member but only occasionally swing by do take a look as the community is bubbling along and every morning  enjoyable hour coffee cup beside me, browsing the photos. Stay tuned too as I am looking to add a few resources to this site.

Wipes brow…That is it!

I think that is all … wanders off to make  another cuppa … you can bet I forgot something!