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.


September Take it Further Challenge

This month the topic is lists.

I am a great fan of lists. If I have a trivial thing to remember if I put it on a list that I can attend to it at a suitable time it is out of my head for the moment. If I don’t do that I have an internal demon reminding me constantly not to forget such and such. Constantly remembering it clutters my head. By putting it on a to do list it gets it out of my head and enables me to think of other things. I can forget about it and get on with day thinking about things without constant personal reminders. I do have to remember the list however! Usually I try to attend to things on my list in the morning (I have a 5 things per day limit) which means I can get on with other things in the afternoon.

It seams lists are popular. In the last couple of years the publishing industry has gone mad on listing things like places to see before you die, or books to read, wines to try, paintings to see, etc. I am not a great fan of things to do before you die books because I feel it might jinx something. As if to confirm my suspicions about such lists on the weekend I read that Dave Freeman, the co-author of travel guide “100 Things to Do Before You Die” recently died. He was aged 47 and did not complete his list.

Bloggers too present lists of things. Lists of tips, resources etc are being published online with great frequency. This fad for lists has highlighted my own fascination with lists. There is a something in a list that makes us feel secure. They almost substitute for a plan as the present a direction to work in and we feel we know where we are going with something.

Lists can also expose us to new things. For instance lists of books to read can mean you are exposed to a book you might not have read before. The same positive aspect can apply to lists of stitches. A list of stitches can mean you try out a stitch in a way that you normally would not do.

Annie of Annie’s Crazy World suggested this topic as a theme for this months TIF challenege and as I thought about it I realised what good topic is was. So thanks Annie!

The Colour Challenge


The colours this month were taken from one of my journal page spreads. It is a collage and since I never get a chance to post these I thought I would do it this month. [Click on the image to be taken to a larger version]

When I used this image as inspiration in ColourLovers this is the colour scheme that was generated.

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 1000 members and all sorts of challenges, swaps go on. There is also a stitch along. So do make a little time to visit it poke around and you are welcome to join in on the fun.

 


 

Take it Further challenge for August

I my chaotic and hectic life I often admire people who are able to maintain balance in their lives. What is balance to you? Do you maintain a balanced life? How do you balance aspects of your life? That is the challenge this month – balance.

This time around the colours have been taken from my latest thread purchase that I wrote about the other week

For those who want to work with a colour scheme challenge the colours can only 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 set up another TIF blog. Please remember if you use Debra’s TIF blog to swing by here too!

If you have not yet checked out the stitching fingers community please do, as all sorts of challenges, swaps are going on. There is a even a Take it Further group formed there too! So take some time to visit it poke around and you are welcome to join in