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
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!