Look at what people have done with trellis stitch!

I have been browsing the blogs all month seeing what people have been doing with the February stitch explorer challenge trellis stitch. If you have not been following closely make a cuppa, take a break,  and check out what people have been doing with stitch as here is a bit of a round up.

Elizabeth of Quieter Moments as usual has produced inspiring sample, after inspiring sample.

Annie Whitsed  Annies Crazy World has created a  little hat, a cup and a teddy.

In the meanwhile, Leena of Creative Instincts got carried away with using it to attach shisha, creating flowers and fish!

Connie over on Scoop Score and Deal also got carried away

Saskia produced a pot for a pot plant!

Tenar is using the stitch to produce a rock pool

Raphaela of Textile Explorations incorporated beads  

Miriam of Borduurblog has used trellis stitch to work highly textured patterns and create little hats!

Leslie of Greasyming  worked her sample on checked fabric with interesting results.

Coeur de freesia has worked a delightful daisy motif and explored the stitch producing some interesting samples

Annet over on Fat quarter has used trellis stitch as the center of a daisy and worked it on a crazy quilt block

Valerie also worked a daisy which you can see on her flickr site

Mandie of Stitches and Whimsies explored working a heart shape 

There are loads of experiments and ideas over on the flickr  Stitchexplorer group.

After some frustrating starts Maureen succeeded with the stitch 

Jane of Quodlibet has experimented with the stitch and worked some samples so did Sandy of Focus on fiber

Nancilyn of Mindbloggings has also made some interesting explorations of the stitch

Kay Susan of S’Mockery Sm’Art has used the stitch on a purse

Mady also discovered she liked this stitch and has a good few entries about it in her blog Snow days

As often happens one stitch leads to another and Lin Moon of Purple fan has written a tutorial on how to do raised cup stitch which like trellis stitch is a highly textured and with it you can produce a delightful flower cup

Take it Further December Challenge

I know everyone says this but I really can not believe it is the first of December.  I know that most people say this as it is a common lament, but for me the year has gone far too quickly and now that most people are well into the swing of preparations for the holiday season it will be 2009 before I blink. 

So before I go any further I want to thank everyone who has participated in this challenge, anyone who has read the comments, followed the links to see what others have done, and thanks particularly if you have left a comment on that blog. Everyone likes feedback, particularly with challenges. So if you have not necessarily actively made a challenge piece but have read and left comments on peoples blogs a big thank you to you too! I hope everyone has enjoyed the challenge and will consider next years challenge

For the final challenge of the year and since it is the gift giving season and many of us run ourselves ragged either making gifts or buying them I want to ask what is the idea of generosity to you. That is the theme for this month. So just take a few moments and think about what it is to give and how would you represent that visually.  

The colour scheme I think is quite predictable as I took it from the photograph above. It is part of an image of our Christmas tree.  I have suggested these colours as it might prove to be a practical option in such a busy time.  Being the dominant Holiday season colours that option is quite easy whereas the concept is quite difficult. 

For those who want an easy challenge or simply too busy to think, doing the colour scheme is not difficult and it can be applied to a seasonal project. If on the other hand, since this is the last challenge for the series a more difficult challenge is appealing then the question about what generosity is to you is will be interesting.    

Remember that the colours can only ever be a suggestion as computer screens display colours differently. The aim is to be as close as possible to the colours on your screen. From ColourLovers you can download swatches to use is Photoshop, Illustrator, or in a CSS file.

As usual when you have worked the idea swing back to this page and leave a comment with blog or flickr address so that people can take a look at what you have been working on or done. There is a flickr group for the Take it Further Design Challenge and Debra Spincic has another TIF blog. Please remember if you use Debra’s TIF blog to swing by here too!

There is a even a Take it Further group over on the stitching fingers community.  The community has grown considerably to nearly 1200 members.  So do make a little time to visit it poke around and you are welcome to join in on the fun

Next year 

There will be a new challenge next year. Each month I will post details of either a slightly unusual or lesser known stitch, or a style of embroidery. Please note I will be looking at embroidery styles as well as stitches. Sometimes it will be both. Sometimes it will be one or the other. 

I  think anyone who did or watch TAST quickly realised that although a stitch can be worked in a traditional manner if you look at the structure of the stitch and its use the stitch can be changed completely.  Looking at how a stitch is constructed and adapting that makes for some interesting discoveries. The same holds true when we look at different embroidery styles. Looking at how and why a style might be worked in a particular manner and investigating that, makes many styles more versatile than people realise.

Each month I will provide readers with enough information to enable them to explore, investigate and or adapt the stitch or style. Readers can use the challenge stitch or style on any project they choose. This means people can adapt the challenge to their needs.  

It will run it in the same way as my past challenges. In other words I will post and when people had responded on either a blog, flickr account, or some sort of photo space on the web,  they could swing back here and leave their web address so people could visit, see what was done leave a comment. Since the idea is to share people really would need a place online to share it. As suggested by Arlene I will title the challenge Stitch Explorer. Watch in the next few days as I will put a page up where people can indicate their interest. 

If there are any questions about next years Stitch Explorer challenge please leave a comment or a question as I am drafting the guidelines this week. Feedback now means clearer guidelines and I know I have explained myself clearly.  

Also Next Year 

This year over on Stitchin Fingers in the Hand Embroidery group I started a stitch-along. Just to avoid any confusion this stitch along will continue into next year.   The stitch along is very lay back as participants can choose to work any stitch or any number of stitches from the list of stitches on what ever project they choose. This is a project you can pick up as you have time and work at what ever pace is comfortable as there is no timetable as such. I plan to participate more in this particularly after February when our holiday season is done. I will be working on my band sampler but everybody is working on different projects. As I say it’s fairly free and easy which is why it is a stitch along rather than a challenge. 

Well that’s it for today. Enjoy! 

November Take it Further

As I sit down to write this I am amazed that the year is almost over as before we know it we will be in the throws of preparation for the holiday season. Here in Australia our summer break falls over the Christmas break, making it not only the season of religious celebration but a holiday time of year. So although it is November I am of course thinking about the challenge next year. During the month readers had prompted me to propose a challenge for next year and I discussed it here. In response to that discussion I will continue with a monthly challenge.

Each month I will post details of either a slightly unusual or lesser known stitch, or a style of embroidery. I will provide readers with enough information to enable them to explore, investigate and or adapt the stitch or style. Readers can work the challenge on any project they choose which means people can adapt the challenge to their needs.

It will the same way as my past challenges. In other words I would announce what the stitch is and when people have responded on either a blog, flickr account, or some sort of photo space on the web,  they can swing back here and leave their web address so people could visit, see what was done leave a comment. Since the idea is to share, if you want to participate you need a place online to share it. As suggested by Arlene I will title the challenge Stitch Explorer. Instead of being the first of the month I am going to make it mid month as in January I might be busy. So on the 14th of every month I will post details of the challenge that month. Feel free to leave a comment on this if you have any questions or ideas

This year over on Stitchin Fingers in the Hand Embroidery group I started a stitch-along. Just to avoid any confusion this stitch along will continue into next year and there is no reason why people can’t do both if they choose.  The stitch along is very lay back as participants can choose to work any stitch or any number of stitches from the list of stitches on what ever project they choose. This is a project you can pick up as you have time and work at what ever pace is comfortable as there is no timetable as such.

With that news, it’s time to move on with TIF…

This month the challenge is to use typography as inspiration for a piece. Many designers are inspired by letter forms in other words it is the forms of the letters and words themselves that they find visually stimulating. It is not using text, as in using a quote or a sentence that they find stimulating but the look of the letters as a design element.

There are also some online tools that may inspire you too. (Obviously you do not have to use these tools it is just an idea)  There is Wordle but be warned as it is one of those online tools that you can play with for hours. There is also Stitch points online text tool

 

 

The colour option this month is a palette taken from a bowl of flowers that I photographed at a flower show.

 

Remember that the colours can only ever be a suggestion as computer screens display colours differently. The aim is to be as close as possible to the colours on your screen. From ColourLovers you can download swatches to use is Photoshop, Illustrator, or in a CSS file.

As usual when you have worked the idea swing back to this page and leave a comment with blog or flickr address so that people can take a look at what you have been working on or done. There is a flickr group for the Take it Further Design Challenge and Debra Spincic has another TIF blog. Please remember if you use Debra’s TIF blog to swing by here too!

There is a Take it Further group over on the stitching fingers community.

One last little bit of news …

I am very busy at work and plan to be not blogging for a week or so. There is nothing wrong it is just a busy time of year for me as I have explained in my last post. Soon, when the work rush is over I am going to be moving my blog. There is a lot of my life tied up here and would hate to lose it. Not that I think WordPress is likely to go broke in hard economic times, but the economic situation does make you think about the number of free services people use online.  I want more control over my blog and although this free service has been simply wonderful it’s time to change.

So keep an eye on what is happening and  enjoy the challenge!


October Take it Further.

This month the challenge is to  think about your textile work space. How do you feel about this space? What role does it play in your life?

Many of us have workrooms or studios, others have set aside a corner of a room or just have a favourite chair. Personally I feel its important to me to have a room if possible because it means I can work on a project and leave it overnight to return in the morning with everything as I left it. I don’t have to waste time putting stuff away or getting it out. It means if I have spare half hour or so I simply walk in my room and do a little work. All these moments of work mount up. They are only a few moment here and there that are saved but it is one of the reasons I do manage to get things done.

  

I thought it might be fun to share images of workspaces too. So this is where I stitch. 

The Colour Challenge

The colours this month were taken from a photograph I took while in Sydney recently. 

Remember that the colours can only ever be a suggestion as computer screens display colours differently. The aim is to be as close as possible to the colours on your screen. From ColourLovers you can download swatches to use is Photoshop, Illustrator, or in a CSS file.

As usual when you have worked the idea swing back to this page and leave a comment with blog or flickr address so that people can take a look at what you have been working on or done. There is a flickr group for the Take it Further Design Challenge and Debra Spincic has another TIF blog. Please remember if you use Debra’s TIF blog to swing by here too!

There is a even a Take it Further group over on the stitching fingers community. The community has grown considerably to well over a 1100 members. It is not only a good way to keep in touch with the community but and all sorts of challenges, swaps go on.

A bit of News

I am on a brief trip to New Zealand to take a little break and see Eve. I will be not be regularly blogging for 10 -14 days. If I get the chance I post circus and holiday pics.