Linda suggested that I rate my posts one two or three cuppas. I am not sure of the rating but maybe it is a two cuppa morning
That aside Linda left a comment that provoked my thoughts. She said she was more interested in seeing things that are “in progess”, rather than a tendency to publish “finished” items. Linda pointed out that showing how a project develops is of interest. In other words blogging the process was more interesting that the finished piece.
This was one of those hit yourself in the head Sharon moments as I realized that my mind set has been shaped by art school training. In an art school students are taught and assessed against the idea of a resolved piece. For instance for my Masters written into the examination guidelines was that an exhibition of a ‘resolved body of work’ was necessary. The idea of revealing the process i.e. work in a unresolved state is something that you simply don’t go public with. This is not something necessarily said, just something that after teaching in an art school for years simply permeates to the bone.
I have often felt uneasy about featuring work in progress and not really been able to pin point why. Linda’s comment gave me the ability to finally articulate something of the reason which I am thankful for. Blogs are like working in a workshop along side fellow practitioners where everyone sees what is happening as it is happening. I think it is one of the reasons they are so interesting to other practitoneers. The practice of going public with a yet unresolved piece is worth pondering on further because is shakes one of those institutional practices that shape our culture. I am going to ponder a little further on this. Who else has felt the tension in professional practice between revealing the process and the completed item?
There have been oodles of great suggestions for the title of the challenge. Thanks to everyone who put their mind to it and took the time to propose something. Di suggested Take a Stitch which was another ‘why did you not think of that Sharon’ moment. I immediately liked the title because I use the expression ‘Take a stitch and push it’ when I teach. I constantly say ‘take it and push… see where it goes.’ So I sort of did a mini mind jump when I read it. As Allison said ” …I think it is perfect, like “Take a Step..” a venture into exploration. And “Take it”, as in, “It is YOURS if you go after it”.
I like having a description of the activity and like having a day of the week in the title so I am going to propose the name of the challenge be “Take a Stitch Tuesdays”
On another note thanks to Kathy’s question about keeping stitches even in crazy quilting I was reminded that last year in response to similar questions I ran a series of posts that covered many of the main steps in developing a crazy quilt block. For those who are new to crazy quilting and stitching I think you might find them helpful. In order they are:
Sourcing Crazy quilting materials
Introductory tips and piecing with a follow up written in response to questions, onthe design process.
Transfer your designs to fabric (this is the piece that answers your question Kathy.
Raised embroidery and Stumpwork in Crazy Quilting.
Embellishing crazy quilt blocks
Earlier this year I put together this list of resources on crazy quilting which I think many beginners will find useful.
Indirectly related but of interest to tatters is the 25 motif challenge . This challenge encourages tatters to produce a motif and is run by another Sharon in Canada. Thanks for leaving a comment Sharon that lead me to you.
Now to my morning detail and weekly round up of who has been doing what.
Todays crazy quilt block detail looks slightly different from my normal seam embellishments because it starts with a series of curves worked in chain stitch. This is a hand dyed silk thread that is the same weight as DMC pearl 5.
Between the curves I worked three straight stitches in a rayon ribbon floss and topped these with a yellow seed bead. At the base I stitched a larger bead and hanging from these is a detached chain tied with a long tail in the same rayon ribbon floss that the straight stiches are worked in.
Allison Aller has been working on her block all week.
Susan of Crazy Quilting for fun has been making hearts and featured some of her embroidered details
Connie of The Scoop, Score and Deal has worked a number of seams this week
Murial has been stitching up a storm too.
Marty of Textiles in Time has worked some more details
Lin of Purple Fan has worked some more seams and details on her latest project.
Barbara Cheeseman of Embroidery overlaps combined some of her stitch samples into a fabric book.
Renmedema has used prairie points on a heart she has made.
Gail of Big Horn Mountain Creations featured some of the details on her latest block.
Hideko Ishida published images of some delicate butterflies in her flickr account.
Annie Whitsed has featured details from one of her miniature quilts
Debbie of Needle Lil More Time to Sew featured some more seam embellishments from Carole Samples Treasury of Crazyquilt Stitches and the use of lettering in crazy quilting.
Rissa of Rissas Pieces has published a number of her alphabets to use in embroidery.
Each day Pam Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs has generously published more free designs.
Katie of Katie’s New place has started featuring a copyright free pattern a day.
If you are just swinging by or a search engine has landed you here, this series of posts are listed under 100 details for 100 days in this blog.