Stitch Explorer December

Hi all those who are working on the stitch explorer challenge. This is the last challenge post of the year. So the end of the  2009 challenge which is a little sad. This month is a catch up month.

Back in May, I proposed a number of options to the group and one of the results was that in the year there were “catch up” months. Since December is always very busy I decided then that it would be a catch up time.

Early on in the year, people wanted a list of embroidery styles in the challenge ahead and I gave it to them in a PDF file. I said at the time that those who wanted a surprise each month, not to download it but I think many did. I think it took the ‘edge’ off the challenge for many  people. That combined with me not having as much time as I would have likes to experiment myself meant it was a quiet challenge.

I am not sure a monthly challenge – particularly one with catch up months works as well as weekly or fortnightly challenges. I know I did not feel the same sense of excitement.

Also many people forgot to come back here and leave a comment with a web address others can visit and see what you have done. I am not a very good nag so that is my fault for not reminding people more.  If when you leave a comment, if you fill in the form with your URL, it means that when people click on your name they will be taken to your blog.

That said for those who worked the challenge there is some great samples posted to the Stitchexplorer group. Do check it out and give them feed back and if you are in catch up mode don’t forget to post to the flickr group or leave a message here.

Next Year

I have had emails and comments of people asking me if I am going to run a challenge. I also get asked at least once a fortnight if I will ever run another TAST challenge.

If you are not sure what TAST was please visit the TAST FAQ page.

The good news is that I have found enough new stitches to run another challenge like TAST but the bad news is that for me life looks to be very busy and up in the air for at least the first couple of months next year. I know I could just list a stitch but I have found without a tutorial and some samples people lose interest.

2010 runs off the tongue so nicely it feels like it should have a good memorable challenge. So my question to readers is are you interested in a new TAST challenge perhaps starting a little later in the year? If so when is good for readers? Other ideas and suggestions? Speak up as this is where I decide what is going to happen.

Stitch Explorer challenge for November

The challenge for this month is to combine two or more of the embroidery styles of your choice in one piece. The idea is to think out or the box 

For instance combine needleweaving and chicken scratch, or Pattern darning and found objects or Asissi and laid work patterns.

These are just a few ideas but the combinations and possibilities are endless.  

Lately I have been exploring stitching a small cloth that I originally patchworked together then taking the silhouettes of a leaf shapes stitched in the negative space like you would in Assisi embroidery. Only this time I worked off the grid and stitches are definitely not evenweave stitches.   

I am still working on the piece so I will see how it develops. 

Note: If you click on the images it will take you to a larger photo

How to participate in the stitch explorer challenge

Stitch some samples that push this embroidery style

Blog it or put images somewhere online where people can see them. If you use flickr send them to the Stitchexplorer group

Come back to this post and leave a comment with your web address in it so that people can visit and see what you have done.

Note if when you leave a comment, if you fill in the form with your URL, it means that when people click on your name they will be taken to your blog.

Have fun with this months challenge!


 

Stitch Explorer challenge for October

Last month was a time to play catch up so I hope all are looking forward to the challenge for this month. This month I would like people to look at stitches that have laidwork foundations.

Sometimes laidwork is listed under filling stitches such as the case in Mary Webb’s Embroidery stitches.

As I was doing a bit of research on this I discovered the ANG has a very good article on different laidwork foundation patterns.

 

Patterns can be developed and built up by couching the laid threads in a manner that the couching threads form a pattern. This is the basis of Or Nue where the laid threads were gold and the couching threads in a contrasting colour are worked in a design to form patterns.

A contemporary term is pattern couching and it hints at a more adaptive technique as the ANG  point out pattern couching can be done in all sorts of threads, from thick bubbly wool to fine silk.  earlier this year the ANG explored Diagonal Pattern couching 

Some very complex patterns and textures can be built up using this technique. Plaited stitch builds into a woven texture.

As you can see I started to experiment with this style and… ummm…clears throat in an embarrassed manner  before admitting the beads took over.

No matter, I hope you find inspiration in the links and enjoy exploring what can be done with laidwork this month.

How to join in

Stitch some samples that push this embroidery style

Blog about what you have done or put images somewhere online where people can see them. If you use flickr send them to the Stitchexplorer group

Come back to this post and leave a comment with your web address in it so that people can visit and see what you have done.

Note if when you leave a comment, if you fill in the form with your URL, it means that when people click on your name they will be taken to your blog.