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…
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.
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
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!