Please read as this is an important proposal to change how the Challenge is run
I know everyone is enjoys the weekly round up of stitching activity. For the most part I enjoy writing it. Early in the week I settle back to read what has been happening but as Sunday approaches it gets more hectic to track each person. Writing the round ups are taking a good chunk of time each week. I fret if people are left out and try very hard to avoid it and as I have said before I think it is a good idea that if anyone gets left out leave a comment with your URL at the bottom of the post then people can visit.
I am aware that I am sometimes skipping people. It is not deliberate. I am using Bloglines to track all updated entries in the blogs and flickr accounts and for the odd feed Bloglines has a hiccup. It does not last long usually and rights itself but can mean that I do not notice someone. Since approximately 200 people have signed up for the challenge it is the only way I track what everyone is doing.
I have something to propose which is an extremely simple solution and I don’t know why I did not think of before.
How would people feel if as they loaded an image to flickr or in their blog they left a comment on the weekly stitch announcement page? In other words when you have done this weeks stitch you come back and leave a comment on this page with your URL so people can click and follow it
That means that through the week as people stitch they can swing back to this page to browse the comments, go to the links and get a little inspiration if needed. One advantage is that it keeps links to all the samples of one stitch together. For those who are new to blogs if you click on the title of this post you will be taken to a separate page. This is called a permalink. It is a permanent link to a single post in a blog. All you need to do is add that page to your favourites and you can return without having to scroll or work your way back through a blog. Also when you are on an individual page you do not have to click on comments to read them as the comments are automatically published at the bottom of that page.
My main reason for writing the round up each week is to make sure people know of the samples other people have done. It is a way of visibly pointing to those who are participating in the challenge. This I think is particularly useful for those people who are not really familiar with blogging communities. Debra Spincic generously runs a web ring for the TAST challenge which is found here and for those who have a Flickr account there is the Take a stitch Tuesday flickr group so between the two I think the network is quite visible.
As I approve comments (I moderate because of spam) they appear in the sidebar. So through the week as people leave a comment about their work the recent comments bar would highlight it.
For those who are in the challenge if the “leave a comment as you stitch” system means there would be no racing for them to post before I wrote the weekly round up, or doing things like trying to figure out the time difference.
If people are a little late under the “leave a comment as you stitch” system there is no reason they can not leave a comment on the stitch announcement that is appropriate. So if you are still exploring last weeks stich just leave a comment on last weeks post.
As I have said writing the round up takes a good few hours and others have offered to help with it. I am quite happy to continue with writing them but I think since the aim is to have a place that links to everyone’s stitching done that week, this is a simple solution it might actually work better. What do people think? Obviously I like the idea as it is back to browsing the blogs rather than hurtling by and worrying if someone has been left out! Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
This weeks Challenge stitch
This week the challenge is a stitch that I know Crazy quilters love. For those who do not know it I hope you enjoy Feather stitch
I was a little pressed for time this week so all samples are worked on Aida using perle 8 thread
As you can see you can add spines to widen the stitch
Spines can be spaced differently.
two rows worked side by side totally changes the stitch
Here is another two rows worked side by side with small straight stitches added
Finally I worked two rows of feather and added detached chain stitches in the spaces.
If you are enjoying this challenge you might be interested in my online class Develop a Personal Library of Stitches which starts on February 20 (next week) .
That’s the Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge stitch this week … Enjoy!