Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge week 50

Gosh we are at week 50 of the TAST challenge. I can’ quite believe it. This week could people make an effort to leave a comment if they are still stitching even if you are running behind it would be nice to see who is still left. I know I am still stand but just!

I have been asked if I am going to keep the TAST page up next year as some people discovered both TAST and my blog  as late in the year as October and November and would like to work the stitches. Yes I will keep it up and for anyone doing this as you work samples feel free to drop by and leave a comment I am sure people will love to see what you have done.

These late discoverers are more than welcome but what is interesting is that people are still discovering the challenge. It illustrates the importance to linking back to the challenge page frequently.

Of course I am busy organising next years Take it Further challenge in between Christmas preparations. Apart from comments and mail that have come in over night an updated list of the challengers. Later this afternoon I will be updating again so watch that page.

I would like to announce I have my Christmas shopping done but it is not yet wrapped. I am running late this year!

The stitch for week 52 falls on Christmas day. As much as love blogging and my readers I will not be blogging on that day. So I will post that stitch early. I am not sure quite what day as I will make a judgment closer to that time depending on how busy I am but I thought I would give you all a heads up on that. I will also be taking between Christmas and New year off to return on the first day of the new year with the first challenge post.

OK on with this weeks stitch. It’s a stitch that can be used easily in Christmas motifs as it makes berries! Its called Berry stitch which is also known as double lazy daisy stitch or double detached chain stitch and can be worked on any type of fabric. Its an easy stitch ideal when everyone is on a busy time table and has to do lists miles long.

You can work it as an isolated stitch, in patterns or substitute it in places where you might want a fatter detached chain stitch. It can be worked close together in a line, or massed. Since it consists of two detached chain stitches you need to know how to work detached chain. A twisted thread, such as pearl or soft cotton, is ideal as it will help hold the shape.

Start by working a single detached chain stitch

Insert the needle back just above the top of the first chain stitch.
Take the needle through the fabric behind the first chain stitch bringing the point of the needle out a short space below.
With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric to make the second chain stitch.

The completed stitch looks like a fat chain stitch.


You can use it as you would detached chain making flower shapes.

You can also work this stitch in two steps the first round of chain stitches being in one weight of thread and the second being in a heavier or slightly textured thread. You work the first round of detached chain in one colour and the second detached chain in another.


Berry stitch worked in two steps in silk ribbon can be very effective.

You can also substitute the first chain with an oyster stitch to produce some really interesting results

Well that’s it for this week as usually swing by and leave a comment and the address of your blog so that people can follow the link and see what you have done and there is a Take a stitch Tuesday flickr group which you can browse. Have fun this week and enjoy your stitching!


Take it Further Challengers

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I would like to introduce everyone in next years challenge to your fellow challengers.

As you can see below I have been working on collating comments and emails to produce a list. I have checked all the sites and verified that they are real challengers not spam blogs and hope you will enjoy discovering some new folks online as I did. This is going to be an interesting and varied challenge as textile practitioners across the board have signed up. People work in all sorts of areas and have wide ranging interests and hopefully it will expose everyone to new ideas, ways of working and different expressions in textiles. It’s going to be exciting!

Don’t forget the first challenge will be announced on the 1st of January so make sure you read my post on that day. You will have a month to work the idea

It’s taken days to pull this list together. If you have signed up and have blog or flickr account please check you are listed here. I dread posting lists like this as with so many people some are likely to have been someone left out by mistake.

If you are not on the list below you have been missed out by accident please leave a comment and you will be added.

Many people did not leave an address to their blog. I have emailed them about this and am waiting a reply. There are about 35 people who I am waiting to hear from. In some cases I am getting email returned due to spam filters so once again please leave a comment.

About 25% have signed up without giving me their web address not because they don’t have one but because they forgot! If you signed up without leaving a web address or if when I checked it I discovered an error page, and I have emailed you and either I have not heard back yet or it bounced back as undeliverable. This could be you that made a mistake in your email address when you left here, gave a false email address or have a spam filter that blocks automatically you wont be on list. For this reason you will not be on the list yet as I don’t have a correct web address for you! Please leave the correct address to your blog as a comment and you will be added to the list.

If you don’t yet have a site to post images to you will not yet be on the list. Notice the word yet in the sentence. Don’t fret I have not crossed you off my list. Please let me know when you have a site and you will be added.

If you do not have a blog you will need at least a flickr account or somewhere to put your images online so that you can share you work and people can see it. If you don’t have one go to http://flickr.com and set one up they are free and easy to use and for all those flickr folks come the time I will set up flickr group to post images to. For a free blog service try http://wordpress.com. It is free and relatively easy to set up with good help files.

An important note about participation

Now I am putting on my meanie voice … ready … meanie voice on … can you hear it … tap tap … OK …
With the experience of last year and the TAST challenge I will be reviewing this list regularly to see if people are in fact participating. Last year there was a percentage of people said they would participate but never did. I can understand that people sometimes sign up to things then find they are too busy but here I am talking about a smaller percentage who did not participate, never linked back to the challenge page, made mention of it or ever looked as if they intended to join in. I have my suspicion that in these cases – and I am talking only about these cases, that they wanted a link to their site and that was it particularly when they are running a business from their site.

For that reason I am going to remove anyone who is not blogging about the challenge or not posting to flickr. In other words, if someone is not participating and not giving any indication of intending to do so I will remove the link.

The time period of non participation is a period of two months. If you link to me I will find you via my referrers or to make it really easy for me please leave a comment when you put up photos or write about the challenge.

That said I perfectly understand when people sign up and life gets in the way which is usually the case. It’s only a few who spoil the good will.

Once things have settled down and I have everyone listed this list will eventually reside on the Take it Further challenge page. The web address is http://sharonb.wordpress.com/take-it-further-challenge/

Before someone asks yes, there is still time to join up just leave a comment with the URL of your blog.

This is a huge list of blogs to put together and expect the list to increase as I catch my mistakes, the stragglers and clear up things like blog addresses. I think it will take people a good while to browse them all. It’s taken me ages and I plan to have a non-blogging day tomorrow. I will be trying catch up on emails and Christmas preparations. I figure this list will keep the most confirmed link addict happy for a couple of days at least!

Anyway let me introduce…

  1. A Creative Journey… is written by Mary Catherine who creates collage pieces in both paper and fabric
  2. A Movable Feast Neki blogs her explorations in contemporary textile surface design and manipulation techniques, and needle felting.
  3. A La Coupaillonnerie I think I translated the sign up comment right as it was left in French but her blog has some great hand embroidered eye candy
  4. A Stitch in Time is kept by Scottish Fiber artist Carol Clasper. Contemporary textiles and fabric postcards appear regularly in her blog.
  5. Adventures of Angel Cat is a fiber arts blog touching on a number of areas such as fabric postcards, embroidery, dyeing, and knitting
  6. AlarTTex Maria del Valle keeps a blog on textiles which although written in Spanish has a handy “translate this blog” feature in the side bar.
  7. Allie’s in Stitches is the blog of the fantastic crazy quilter Alison Aller.
  8. Altering Thoughts Pat blogs her explorations into contemporary textile techniques.
  9. Anna Nowicki has a website on which she houses images of her latest work
  10. Apples and Oranges is a blog kept by Kate a contemporary craft practitioner. Sewing, embroidery and knitting are some of the topic covered
  11. Applique and Embroidery in Beijing I met Mara as a student in one of my classes.Mara does lovely
    stitching and her blog is really worth checking out
  12. Art ADD Works for Me Gisela is a quilter
  13. Art of Textiles Susan quilts, embroiders explores surface design and many fiber related crafts
  14. Artify the Heart Barbara is interested in paper crafts and journals
  15. Arts Texile et Dentelle Carinemarie interests range from free form crochet to needlelace, contemporary lace and felt embellishing
  16. Artwhispers Terry is taking part
  17. Arty Lady Liz is interested in ATCs, altered art and related crafts
  18. Ati on the crazy road… Ati is a participant in the TAST challenge and uses her blog to document her crazy quilting projects.
  19. Au Fil du Jardin Vero is interested in the fiber arts, and posts her projects
  20. Back Valley Seasons Penny is a participant in the TAST challenge and blogs her textile interests which range over contemporary manipulation and surface design to contemporary embroidery
  21. Bears Embroidery Den has recently covered silk ribbon embroidery, sewing, working a denim bag and crazy quilting
  22. Bilum Karen’s blog is new
  23. Blog Doris covers craft, cross stitch, crochet
  24. California Fiber Artist and Composer Susan is working on her City and Guilds Patchwork and Quilting Level 3
  25. Canyonquilter is Linda on Flickr
  26. Carolina Quilter Jody quilts using traditional piecing and hand applique. She also does thread painting, and crazy quilting.
  27. Carpe Diem Marion is a painter who also blogs images of her visual journal page spreads
  28. Catherine’s Tatting Attempts Kelly is a tatter
  29. Celeste has a flickr account
  30. Cheryl’s Chatelaine covers her needlework interests such as hand embroidery, cross stitch and quilting
  31. Cherold’s Place Cheri is a quilter who is busy stash busting
  32. Cindy Bonnell is on flickr
  33. ckartist Clare Has flickr site
  34. Cleveland Girlie is interested in contemporary fiber and quilting
  35. Color My World Judy Rys is interested in contemporary textiles, fabric post cards, ATCs (artist trading cards) fabric printing and dyeing
  36. Come Quilt with Me Joan teaches as QuiltUniversity.com and needless to say she writes about quilting in her blog.
  37. Cramzy Emmy explores contemporary textile and embroidery techniques producing all sorts of interesting things
  38. Crazy Here and Now... Jane tracks her interests in crazy quilting and quilting in her blog
  39. Crazy Valsusa Lorenza is an Italian who keeps a bilingual blog. She is interested in crazy quilting and contemporary fiber such as fabric postcards, inchies, and ATCs.
  40. Creatilfun Francoise tracks her textile interests in fabric postcards, dyeing, design, stitch and quilting
  41. Creating with no Rules is kept by Sharon who is a crazy quilter and silk ribbon embroiderer
  42. Creative Idyll is a new blog
  43. Creative Meanderings Doreen writes about crazy quilting, sewing and crafts
  44. Committed Stitcher Meg covers cross stitch, embroidery and patch work in her blog
  45. Dakini Dreams Sapphire is a contemporary fiber and paper artist
  46. Dancing Crow creates a fabric postcard a day and takes classes to develop circus skills
  47. Dark Jewel Ramblings is a new blog. Somer is a member of the Society of Creative Anachronism and is interested in cross stitching, embroidering, sewing
  48. Deb Kolar – Life in Stitches tracks her interests in textiles
  49. Debbi Baker tracks her latest projects creating fabric postcards, ATCs, and paper crafts
  50. Debra’s Design Studio Debra is a crazy quilter who blogs her work in progress and has a wide interest in textiles.
  51. Deb’s Blog Deb is interested in contemporary textiles and journal quilts
  52. De Ponto em no Belém writes a bilingual blog in which she covers her interests such as quilting, embroidery and sewing.
  53. Dreaming Spirals is kept by quilt artist Liz Plummer
  54. Dyeing 2 Sew Valerie is a contemporary textile artist whose main interest is dyeing. Valerie also does applique and quilting
  55. Dyers Hand Sandra Wyman is a dyer and quilter
  56. Dyelicious is the website of Maya who is participating in the challenge
  57. El Cielo Studio Journal Susie Monday describes her blog as being about “stitching and dyeing and printing of the craft of art cloth and art quilt”
  58. Elsie Vredenburg is a quilter who has a website but not yet a blog
  59. Embroidery Overlaps Barbara works with contemporary textile techniques and embroidery to produce fabric postcards, journal quilts, and various other projects.
  60. Embroideress is the blog of Linn Skinner who researches historical embroidery and designs samplers.
  61. English Rose in Kuwait Sara keeps this blog during the City and Guilds course in Embroidery
  62. Everyday Revelations Kate is a crazy quilter who posts images of her blocks
  63. Ever Embellished Sarah is interested in fiber arts with an emphasis on embellishment. Do check out her blog as she does some great contemporary and freestyle embroidery.
  64. Fadenkunst Musa keeps a bilingual blog and is interested in contemporary textiles, embroidery and quilting and posts some great drawings from her sketchbook
  65. FaeryDi’s Fibre Feats or Fiascos is Dianne’s blog that tracks her textile interests.
  66. Faffing About Lynne is interested in contemporary fiber work, embroidery and paper arts.
  67. Fiberart Musings Karen is an art quilter who blogs her projects
  68. Fiber Fantasies Lynn lists her interests as being quilting, sewing, dyeing, knitting, needlepoint, cross stitch, and needlepunch
  69. (Fiber) Joys and (Traveling) Follies Maryjo knits and crochets and has an interest in textiles.
  70. Fiberfairy´s Haven writes about her freeform crochet, knitting, spinning and hand dyeing.
  71. Field Trips in Fiber Vicki lists her interests as sewing, quilting and fabric postcards
  72. Fifiquilter has a flickr account
  73. Frog Stitch Melissa quilts and crafts
  74. From the Basement Liz describes herself as a cloth doll maker, sewer, beader, needlewoman, crafts person, and sometime quilter
  75. From the Long House Sylvia is a knitter and quilter
  76. From The Magpies Nest Sue is a quilter
  77. Getting to Crazy LouAnne is active with crazy quilting and redwork embroidery
  78. Getting your Goat Misty is quilter
  79. Goatgoddess’s Weblog is a new blog set up for the Take it Further challenge
  80. Greasyming Leslie is a crazy quilter and contemporary stitcher who lives in Africa
  81. Gunnel’s blog Gunnel lists her interests as being embroidery, art quilting, contemporary textile art, fiber art, needle felting, and mixed media and Gunnel blogs her projects regularly
  82. Hand Quilting Violette’s blog has a special emphasis on hand work and quilts.
  83. Haute Nature is by Holly who describes her blog as “Ecologically based creative ideas, art and green products for your children, home and lifestyle” It’s an interesting blog do check it out.
  84. Healing Balance Passion Gwen regularly blogs page spreads of her art journal
  85. Heb Art Helen Suzane is a quilter who is interested in contemporary techniques, surface manipulation and surface design
  86. Helinacq (Helina) is on flickr
  87. High Fiber Content Julie is a quilter with an interest in surface design, dyeing, paper arts and collage
  88. Honey Bee Stephanie is interested in Patchwork, quilting and embroidery and has a new blog for the challenge
  89. Idaho Quilter Janet is a quilter who also does needlepoint
  90. Inspirations Lisa Walton is a quilter who uses her hand dyed fabrics but has recently developed an interest in surface treatments and embellishment
  91. Jacqueline’s Blog is a bilingual mixed media fiber arts blog
  92. Jayne Slovick has started a blog for the Take it Further Challenge
  93. Jenny’s Australian Needleart Journey tracks Jenny’s needlework and hand embroidery projects and is currently working the most amazing piece of reticella do check it out.
  94. Jess’s Journal Jess keeps a diary online and I assume she will use it for the challenge.
  95. Judi has a flickr account
  96. Judy in the Dyes is interested in fiber arts particularly surface design
  97. Jumpstarts Dianne is interested in contemporary needlework and quilting
  98. Just Another Pretty Picture Cheryl is an illustrator who also quilts and knits. Don’t miss checking out her quilts they are humorous, quirky and fun
  99. Just Enough Time Deb has started a new blog for the Take it Further Challenge
  100. Karen Marie has a flickr site
  101. Kathy Goes Krazy Kathy is interested in crazy quilting, embroidery, quilting, sewing
  102. Karrins Crazy World Karrin is a crazy quilter, quilter and hand embroiderer
  103. Kerrykatiecakes is a crazy quilter
  104. Lady Jane’s Journal Christine keeps an interesting blog on historical textiles, embroidery, lace making, and patchwork
  105. Laurence on flickr
  106. Le nid de Colibri Hélène is interested in contemporary beading and textiles
  107. Libélulas na Janela Glaucia is a crazy quilter
  108. Life Scraps and Patches Connie writes quite a bit about her personal life but it is interspersed with fiber and craft related posts
  109. Linda is a quilter who has reactivated her blog for the Take it Further challenge.
  110. Little Works of Art Margaret is a contemporary embroiderer who dyes and manipulates her fabrics before embellishing them
  111. Linda Stokes Textile Artist dyeing, printing, machine embroidery and cloque are some of the techniques Linda writes about in her blog.
  112. Luci’s Creative Adventures Luci is interested in contemporary embroidery
  113. Luna’s Baublebilities Virginia is interested in jewellery and textiles. Her blog is new
  114. Made by Misa Listed among Misa’s interests are embroidery, sewing, crazy quilting, drawing, painting, ATCs, mixed media art
  115. Magic Indigo Tricia is a contemporary textile artist who works also works in mixed media to produce some great spreads in her visual journal
  116. MagicXstitch Mayté has a handy translation button inher side bar so you can read about her cross stitch and hand embrodiery
  117. Mags Ramsay is interested in contemporary textile, quilting and stitch techniques
  118. Maggie’s Textiles I encountered Maggies blog because she took one of my classes. Her stitching is fantastic and her blog is worth watching.
  119. Magpies Mumblings Mary Anne crafts, sews and knits
  120. Mallakoo is a new blog and Malla blogs about her crazy quilting
  121. Marci has a flickr account
  122. MarianUK is a new blog established for the Take it Further challenge
  123. MaryJoO has a flickr account
  124. Meleeis’s Weblog is a new blog set up for the challenge.
  125. Mixed Media Julie is a painter who tracks her interests in contemporary mixed media fiber techniques, beading, fabric postcards
  126. Monique is interested in contemporary textiles and patchwork
  127. Moonsilk Stitches Marjorie has started a new blog. Marjorie also has a flickr site
  128. Nanna J on Flicker is Nan
  129. Needle ‘n Thread Mary Corbet regularly contributes to the online stitching community with video tutorials of stitches, free patterns and sound advice.
  130. Nestlings is a website by Robin quilter
  131. Neverending Lists Fiona tracks her fiber projects and textile related interests in her blog
  132. Nichobella Acey tracks her interests in quilting, mixed media assemblage, and embroi
    dery
  133. Nuvo Felt focuses on needle felting and experiments with contemporary textile techniques
  134. Occasional Jottings Linda is interested in surface design, dyeing, contemporary quilting and textiles. She blogs her visual journal,design process and work in progress
  135. Orange Rug Yarn Musings Juli blogs about her needlework, and is interested in design and drawing.
  136. Out of the Basement Kay is interested in quilts and wearables
  137. Paddy’s Daughter makes quilts, does needlework and sewing
  138. Pam Kellog’s Kitty and Me Designs Pam is a Cross stitch designer who a few years ago discovered crazy quilting. She blogs her work in progress and often provides free designs for her readers.
  139. Parkview 616 Jowynn was a participant in the TAST challenge and very active on flickr.
  140. Pat Gê on Flickr
  141. Patchwork broderie et cetera Paule does crazy quilting, quilting and embroidery
  142. Permutations in Fiber Ruth interest in fiber arts and paper arts takes her into all sorts of areas of textile practice making her blog interesting reading!
  143. Pins and Needles Jocelyn has just recently started a blog. She is a crazy quilter who also does needlepoint, freeform crochet, makes artists books and does hand embroidery.
  144. Pocahontas County Fare On this blog you will find knitting, sewing, as well as notes on natural history and books.
  145. Possibilities etc! Judy does some interesting needlepoint and even interprets crazy quilting images on her canvas.
  146. Purple Fan Lin Moon is interested in embroidery, crazy quilting and silk ribbon embroidery but ranges into other textile related crafts too.
  147. Purple Missus Lynda keeps a blog on contemporary textiles covering experiments with different fabric manipulation techniques and notes on what she is working on
  148. Quieter Moments Elizabeth has made some fantastic contributions in the TAST challenge pushing stitches to their limit and is participating in this one too
  149. Quilt Til You Wilt Annie is a quilter
  150. Quiltlover62 Kelly has a flickr account
  151. Quilts n’ More Pamela is quilter
  152. Quiltifications Tirane tracks her current quilting projects
  153. Reading and Stitching in Il Jenny is interested in needlwork such as freestyle creative embroidery, cross stitch and knitting
  154. Red 2 White Monika has set up a new blog to share her interests in sewing, embroidery and patchwork, fabric painting and batik
  155. Reneorgeron’s Weblog is a new blog set up for the Take it Further challenge.
  156. Ronda’s Creative Quilting As the title suggests Ronda writes about her quilts in progress
  157. Sandra’s Studio is a new blog esptablished for the Take it Further challenge
  158. Seamless Skin Karoda is a contemporary quilter and fiber artist
  159. Sequana has a flickr account
  160. She who Measures is the blog of historical costumer Kelly Ridley. There are some really good, informative posts to found here making it well worth checking out.
  161. Sita’s Tangled Web Sita describes her young blog as ranging “from psychology to needlework and fabric craft and anything in between”.
  162. Skildtquilts is a new blog
  163. Skybell Arts Kim is interested in contemporary fiber arts, quilting and embroidery
  164. S’mockery Kay Susan has taken the City & Guilds Creative Embroidery Parts I and 2 and mainly blogs about contemporary embroidery
  165. Snippets from Chaos is Lori’s sewing blog
  166. Snow Days Mady is interested in hand embroidery
  167. Sooner or Later by Yarn goddess makes all sorts of items such as fabric postcards, inchies, ATCs, journal quilts and so on. She is very busy!
  168. Sparkle Jars Gayle has an interest in quilting and fiber and uses her blog to document what she does.
  169. Spinning Yarns Judith is a quilter and crazy quilter
  170. Spirit Cloth tracks Jude Hills explorations with thread and cloth. Jude has a great sensitivity for her medium
  171. Stitch and More is written by Simona in Italy and she tracks her crazy quilting a
    nd embroidery projects.
  172. Stitch Nut Kat is a machine quilter, who also enjoys beading and craftwork.
  173. Stitchin’ Addiction is a new blog set up by Shari to track her Take is Further challenge projects and her other stitching interests
  174. Stitching Susan has just started a blog in order to follow the Take it Further Challenge
  175. Stitching with Schnauzer and Siamese is written by Maggie Harris a mixed media textile artist who knits, sews, and does hand stitching
  176. Stitchnpatch Vicki has completed her City and Guilds in level 2 and now has moved on to level 3. Her blog tracks her progress in contemporary embroidery and quilting.
  177. Studio Threads Vivian is interested in contemporary quilting and ATCs
  178. Suduke Blog is on Yahoo 360 Connect to me (I am not sure if you have to have a yahoo account and be a friend to view this blog but it may be the case, and for those who read blogs via a feed this type of blog has no RSS feed service)
  179. Suzical is interested in contemporary embroidery and textiles
  180. Suz Stuff covers her explorations in contemporary fiber techniques
  181. Tango Musings Linda describes her interests as “playing with fabric and paints to create art”
  182. Tenar’s Cave tracks her interests in needlework and knitting
  183. Textiles in Time Marty is a crazy quilter who regularly blogs her work.
  184. TextileXplorations Susan is interested in contemporary fiber work
  185. The Beauty of Life Paula has established a new blog in order to participate in the Take it Further challenge but has already posted some images of her embroidery check it out as she has been whipping beads with thread.
  186. The Crazy Atom Orbit Ren tracks her varied fiber interests in her blog
  187. The Floss Box Emily is a cross sticher who regularly provides and points to free designs online
  188. The Laughing Parrot Sarita has recently started her blog. So far there is sewing and quilting on it
  189. The Path to Hell Margaret describes herself as a “obsessive compulsive fiddler of fabric”
  190. Tinab4’s Weblog is a new blog started for the Take it Further challenge
  191. Thistle Cove Farm Sandra blogs about her life and fiber projects
  192. Threads Across the Web Carol-Anne blogs about the progress of her beautiful Japanese embroidery
  193. Threads of Love Linda does embroidery, crazy quilting, quilting, makes contemporary dolls and blogs her projects along the way.
  194. Threadmill Jeannie is also taking part
  195. Thelma’s Sew’n Things Thema is interested in embroidery and crazy quilting
  196. Travel Fibre and Thread Sue writes about contemporary textiles and motorbikes! An unusual mix but interesting particularly since I still sit on the back of a bike.
  197. True Stitches Heather is a contemporary textile artist who designs, spins, knits, weaves, and quilts
  198. Tundra Threads Deireth is interested in contemporary textiles and blogs her current work. Her blog contains quilting, embroidery, fabric postcards and felting.
  199. Tuscany’s Blues I met Caroline via one of my online classes and her enthusiasm immediately attracted me. Her blog is relatively new but she is interested in fiber arts of all kinds
  200. Ullas Fiber Blog Ulla is interested in quilting, beading and fiber related activities
  201. Up too late, as usual …Andrea is a fellow Canberran whose creative energy spins off in all sorts of fiber related directions.
  202. Utilidades da tia Gloria is a blog written in Portugueseby Gloria who is interested in crochet
  203. Urban Debris is an interesting blog about creating art from recycled items.
  204. Vintage Vanity is a new blog for the Take it Further challenge set up by one of my students
  205. Vivian in Stitches is interested in art quilts, embroidery and contemporary textiles, and fabric postcards, books etc
  206. What Boggles my Mind Nancilyn explores many forms of contemporary fiber and needle work particularly art dolls
  207. Windows to Me Dawn is interested in altered book, fabric books, artist trading cards, postcards and antiques
  208. WWKD is a new blog set up for the Take it Further challenge
  209. Wyrd Needles Lis
    a mainly cross stitches
  210. Yvonne has a flickr site
  211. Zee Art Studio Kathy describes herself as working with both a fiber and in mosaics although at the moment of review there was a lot of personal posts
  212. Zquilts Marie’s blog contains her projects in quilting, needle felting, needle thread painting and dyeing

Take a Stitch Tuesday Week 48

Next Years Challenge

With only 4 more stitches to go its time to sort out what we will be doing next year. Last week I asked for preferences as to what people wanted as a challenge next year. Comments have been coming in all week and can it can be easily seen that the majority want a design challenge each month. So that is what it will be.

On the 1st of each month I will post key concept and the challenge will be to take the idea, develop it and push it towards a resolved design during the month. In other words you interpret the idea and apply it to fiber.

For those that don’t like themes I will post a colour scheme or a design element like a shape, to develop into a resolved design. This means every month there will be two options. If you don’t like the concept you can work the colour scheme or is you don’t like the colour scheme you can work with the concept. Or you can work with both.

For those who have been participating in TAST you will be able to take the time to develop skills at another level. For those who have not participated in TAST you can still jump in.

I am calling the challenge “Take it Further ” because it is one thing to learn stitches and another to apply them to a design. It’s the next step in taking a skill further along a creative path.

The actual thing you design can be any medium or format you choose. It can be a crazy quilt block, a postcard, a journal quilt, a piece of embroidery, a sampler, a fabric book page or whatever sparks your imagination. I will even include visual journal work in this. In other words pages spreads of designs worked in a visual journal will be seen as a valid entry and included as one of the formats acceptable for the challenge.

What ever you choose to do, you need blog your development of the idea through the month (preferably weekly) and to leave a comment here with your web address so that people can visit your site and see what you have done.

Now it is important to get the word out so please blog it, or if you are on a discussion list perhaps you can mention it with a link to the guidelines page I have set up. Using this page means people can find information about it easily.

I would appreciate it as the more people who know about it the better.

If you have any ideas or questions leave a comment as the finer details are still flexible and can be shaped to what people will find interesting.

For those that wanted the stash reduction challenge I still plan to reduce, declutter and get hopefully a lot of work done next year. I will be posting regularly about it and if you are going through the same process there is no reason why you can’t let people know in the comments. If enough people do it it might shape itself into another challenge and we can formalise it.

TAST this week
Knotted Cable chain is a variety of Cable chain. Hopefully people will be familiar with cable chain stitch (week 36) and twisted chain.

Knotted Cable chain is used as a linear stitch on both plain and even-weave fabrics. The texture of the knot between chain stitches creates an interesting textured line. As with basic chain stitch this version follows curves well and can even be worked solidly as a filling stitch.

Bring the needle up through the fabric and work a twisted chain stitch on the line you want to work.

Slip the needle under the top thread above the twist. Do not pick up any fabric when you do this.

Take the needle through the loop and pull until the loop lies flat but not tight on the fabric

Insert the needle back into where it first came out.


Take the needle through the fabric bringing the point of the needle out a short space along the line to be stitched. With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric.

Pull the thread through the fabric and you have created your first knotted cable chain stitch.

Make a small twisted chain stitch just bellow the larger chain.

Take the needle under the twist and repeat the steps along the row

This is another quick and versatile stitch. You can also lace and thread this stitch in various ways taking advantage of structure of the stitch by threading either the knot or the chain.

That’s it for this week. Remember to swing by and leave a comment preferably on this page, so that people can follow the link and see what you have done. There is a Take a stitch Tuesday flickr group which you can browse and enjoy your stitching!