Its that time of the week again. Time to settle back with a cuppa and browse the blogs to see what has been happening with the Take a stitch Tuesday Challenge but before I do that and while the kettle boils we can squeeze in a little natter.
Life is getting busy around here as the Academic year starts soon. As regular readers will know, I teach at the Art school here in Canberra and I have been putting together a new course. Unless you have gone through this process people are never aware of how much time it takes. Even those that think they can imagine it are always surprised. One thing I have learnt is that teaching success involves lots of planing and preparation. So that is what I have been doing There has been a few 12 hour days put in lately and there is a couple to come!
Back in October when the idea for this course was first discussed I floated the idea of sharing links and resources as I did the research for this course. Yep that is how long it takes to develop a course properly. When it came down to it I found that writing about it here became a little daunting. At first I could not figure out why. It was a real puzzle. What was holding me back? Then one day while doing the dishes – I don’t know why I always have my ideas at the kitchen sink but I do – I realised that writing about such research here made me feel uneasy not because I did not want share, or could not be bothered to share, or even that it was not ‘on topic’ but because the readership for the topic is very different.
Knowing who your readership is very important. I estimate that about 10% of my readers are web savvy and are very interested in this type of research. A huge percentage are also interested in blogging but not the other technical aspects of the area. Others are interested is software such as Photoshop, everyone else could not really give a hoot.
Questions of why we blog, how to blog, the influence of blogs and how blogs might be used are all of interest as I always get a huge response when ever I write about them. People are becoming more interested in RSS but they are fewer. Guided by the questions I get asked on the blog and via email many not so technically literate still have problems understanding what aggregators are about and some have problems using them. Other technical aspects simply do not appeal to many of my readers. That is fine as this blog is about textiles not the internet.
Also a key thing I discovered is that writing for people who have never encountered the technology or aspects of the technology takes a lot of time because everything needs to be explained. To write for this audience in an inclusive manner means I would have to pitch every post at a different level. The course I am preparing is a 3 year university level course not a beginners course. This meant I would be trying to write for two levels of understanding. I decided that was why it felt daunting not that I could not explain it but it took a fair dose of energy to do it well. I did a little experiment. I posted a piece on Vox Blogs which was a fully developed piece with screenshots and description. It took hours to write but I got one comment.
This made me re-think things a little. I knew I need a place to speak to my students at the University, and anyone else interested in the topic. Having to explain the basics constantly would limit what I had time to write. For this reason I decided that trying to cater to two audiences was not a good idea.
The obvious answer was to resurrect Mindtracks which I have done. For those interested in this topic you might like to subscribe as I start teaching in a week or so and Mindtracks will be active again.
That’s my news. The other big news is that it rained yesterday! This for me is more exciting than getting Mindtracks going again as we are still in drought. The birds are singing and so am I this morning.
On the stitching front little is happening. I have started a couple of samples that I will use in the next workshop I am writing for joggles.com. It is a class that focuses on texture as an element of design. I am going to call that class Scrumptious Surfaces. I have one little sample worked for TAST next week and that is it, but don’t worry I am sure the post will not be eye candy free. I am lucky the Encrusted Crazy Quilting started yesterday. I will be able to live vicariously via my students for the next couple of weeks. Watching someone else stitch is not quite as much fun as doing it yourself but it’s a pretty good substitute!
If you are enjoying this challenge you might be interested in my online class, Develop a Personal Library of Stitches which starts February 20.
Anyway without further fuss and bother here is the weekly round up of what people have been doing with the Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge . As usual if the technology has let me down and I have missed you out leave a comment with your URL so people can follow the link and see what you have done.
Jennifer of A Garden of Stitches has worked an image using detached chain, Cretan and chevron stitches.
Neki of A Movable Feast really enjoyed working eyelets in all shapes and sizes.
Allison Aller has a new blog Allies in Stitches and it has been great to catch up with what she has been doing and has used Algerian eye stitch on a ‘landscape’ block
Cathy of Altered fabrications has worked a sample of chevron stitch
Pat of Altering thoughts has slipped away into a fantasy world while stitching eyelets
Sarah of And Sew On has an image of her sampler on her blog.
Anja´s Wunschpunsch has worked a sample of Chevron stitch
Annie of Annie’s Crazy World has photographed using waste canvas to work an eyelet in the shape of a heart.
Carol of Art~n~Quilt has worked another page of her sampler book – Chevron stitch
Ati of Ati on the crazy road has worked eyelet stitch samples too.
Penny of Back Valley Seasons has worked a eyelet sample on felt. She thinks it does not work well but it does there is no reason why eyelet stitches have to be even.
Carina of craftblo
g wardi.dk has worked a sample of Chevron stitch and eyelet stitch
Emmy Schoonbeek of Cramzy has works some small samples of Eye stitch
CrazyQstitcher has worked an Algerian Eye Sample
Lillian of Crazyseoulsister has worked another seam embellishment of Cretan stitch and a ‘variation’ of Algerian eye stitch.
Francoise of Creatilfun has worked a sample of eyelet stitch on felt
Doreen of Creative Meanderings has enjoyed exploring Algerian eye stitch
Karen of Creaworx has worked a Chevron sample and transformed her Cretan stitch sample into a wrist band. Check it out wht she has sone is interesting
Dale of Downunderdale has used Eyelet stitch in a contemporary manner – if you are a contemporary embroiderer and were stuck this week don’t miss seeing what she has done
Bonnie of Dakini dreams has used Algerian eye stitch on her latest butterfly mask
Dawn of Dawn’s Icy Sun has worked on her Chevron stitch
Janel of DIY! DIY! DIY!’>DIY! DIY! DIY! describes Cretan stitch as economical.
Jacqui has her sample of Algerian eye on her flickr site Elegant stitch’s
Barbara of Embroidery overlaps has worked a sample of Algerian eye stitch. While on her site don’t miss all the other pictures of her samples so far.
Annica of Fabulous Threads has just joined the challenge and has caught up by stitching ATC size samples
June R of Grandma Ziki’s Stitching has used Chevron stitch on a crazy quilt block
Greenmontanasamuel on flickr has added eye stitch to her scene.
Gunnel Svensson of Gunnel’s blog has really let rip with eyelet stitches
Marianne of Heegeldab continues to astound me with her bag
Helina as used Algerian eye on a Crazy quilt block
Bibliotecaria of Inside my head has been exploring Cretan stitch
JoWynn has been working eyelets on net
Christine of Lady Jane’s Journal enjoyed exploring Algerian eye stitch
Lori of Laeroport has mad a brooch using the TAST stitches
Laura Lea has worked eye stitches over prints with some interesting results
Margaret of Life, needlework and everything has worked an unusual design inspired by a vintage pattern
Luci joined the challenge this week and has a fantastic contemporary interpretation of eye stitch on her flickr account. Anyone who is looking for ways to move off the grid with this stitch should take a look at these samples.
Patricia of Magic Indigo joined the challenge this week
Mary Anne of Magpies Mumblings was at first uninspired by Algerian eye then as she explored it a little she discovered how interesting it could be which is just what the challenge is about!
Sara of Mainly Zaz has produced a really interesting contemporary sample of Chevron stitch exploring combining it with layered fabrics.
Mariyarn has worked a freeform sample of Chevron stitch on a check background. It sets up some interesting contrasts take a look at it and you will see what I mean.
Mary of Mary’s Witterings has produced a light breezy sample of eyelets
Beth of Meandering Threads has produced a sample using Chevron stitch to couch down ric-rac on a background of hand painted and stamped fabric
Mady is Mehdc on flickr and has loaded a sample of Algerian eye stitch
Mary Corbet Needle’nThread posted a video tutorial of Chevron stitch this week and has explored a 6 pointed version of Algerian eye.
Fiona of Neverending lists is playing catch up and posted her free form Cretan stitch sample
Odile B has a very interesting sample of eyelets contrasted against vintage lace on flickr
Lin Moon of Purple Fan has been stitching up a storm don’t miss her samples posted this week
Lynda of Purple Missus has described the process she used to create her sample. She stitched with a paper thread on paper then a metallic Markal paint stick was rubbed over the surface before being treated to a light wash of red drawing ink. From this she took a monoprint. Her next sample was made of paper pulp, dyed with Procion dyes. Read her post for details
Elizabeth of Quieter Moments has been posting all week – don’t miss any of it. She has interesting explorations of Algerian eye stitch and step by step instructions on how to do another version of Chevron
Helen of Quilts and ATCs has worked a sample of Algerian eye stitch
Dy of Random Applique has done a fantastic little scene in Chevron stitch
Rene O has worked Algerian Eye stitches into paisley designs
Connie of The Scoop, Score and Deal has worked a small sampler of Algerian eye and various versions of the stitch
Gerry of Sewing Southpaw is playing catch up this week and has use TAST stitches to embellish crazy quilt blocks
Kim of Skybell arts has been playing catch up posting samples all week – or so it seems.
Kay Susan of Smockeryis bitten by the postcard bug and has presented her samples as fabric postcards and is being overly self critical of her samples
Sue Wild is suewilduk has her Algerian eye sample on flickr (It made me smile)
Sunshine of Sunshine’s Creations has added Algerian eye to her sampler
Susan of TextileXplorations has worked some of her samples on paper then given them a wash of colour.
Thelma of Thelmas Sew’n Things has been using the TAST stitches to embellish crazy quilt seams
Carol-Anne of Threads Across the Web has worked a very pleasing sample of Chevron stitch.
Tina has worked a number of interesting versions of Algerian eye stitch
Andrea of Up too late, as usual … has once agin worked an interesting sample
Véro de La Fare has her sample on her flickr site
Vivian has a flickr site Vivian in stitches has posted a sample of Algerian Eye
Charlene of When This You See, Remember Me has worked Algerian eye stitch on check like print
Wilma of Wilma goes crazy has used TAST stitches on a crazy quilt seam
That’s the round up this week … Enjoy!