I am not quite sure how I have done it but this is where challenges pay off as even though life is busy I did manage to make a little time to do some stitching. Not much but I did get some done! So in the spirit of Sandie’s UFO and WISP challenge here is my weekly image of what I have done.
Last January I pieced the diamond block quilt inspired by Martha Bingley. So this is definitely a WISP as I have only embellished a few blocks. This crazy quilt block is still to be beaded but at least it has least progressed.
Earlier this week Allison Aller finished her “Crazy for Flowers” crazy quilt. If you have not seen it yet skip over to her site it is fantastic. All year I have watched this quilt come together and I must admit seeing it on screen made me think about what I had done this year. It made me feel as if I had not done much at all! Where has the year gone? It feels just like yesterday that I preparing for Christmas last year. It’s the time of year in which it’s natural to look back and think about the coming year. So in an effort to avoid a crisis of confidence I decided to do a personal review.
A huge block of time was taken up because I offered classes on joggles.com. The encrusted crazy quilting ran twice in the year and I offered a new class on developing your own stitch library. Class material always takes an absolute age to prepare. They take me about 3 months to write as each block of lessons weigh in at over 200 pages of information. It is like writing a book only samples are worked as well!
What classes would you like next year. I am taking a poll
This brings me to the next topic as I have been asked to write another class to run mid year. I thought I could write one either silk ribbon embroidery and developing your own silk ribbon and floral motifs. This class would cover designing your own floral sprays and the like and include some techniques from Brazillian and textured embroidery. These techniques marry well silk ribbon embroidery as they all are raised techniques.
The other class I could offer is focused on stitching more as I think it would be interesting to focus on highly textured stitches and look at texture as a design element in embroidery, particularly contemporary embroidery. This class would appeal to wide range of stitchers. I would love some feedback on this. What would people prefer? Leave a comment and let me know.
Looking back on the year it’s been a busy! Probably the biggest thing achieved was coordinating the completion of the Katrina quilts which raised $1,503.57. The Gallery online as a permanent record of the project. Do take a look at the wonderful blocks contributed to this project. If you have seen them before swing by again and remind yourself about just how great they are.
In the getting organised stakes I sorted out my bead storage and got a new shelving system for my workroom
In a fit of stash reduction I got into scrumbling. This coming year I plan to do more freeform crochet as it is fun and a spontaneous form and I still have that wool!
In June I started the 100 details in 100 days series, posting daily a detail for people to enjoy and reinterpret as they chose. Numerous people joined in as the project took on a buzz of its own. I think this was the one of the most enjoyable blogging experiences I have had and it is the series that prompted the Take a stitch Tuesday Challenge.
This coming year the Take a stitch Tuesday Challenge is possibly the biggest challenge I have run and I am excited to see it start soon. I think at the moment my mind turns to that as much as Christmas preparations! With over 100 people signed on and more signing up daily it should be dynamic and stimulating for everyone.
This coming year I plan to do more with the concept of a visual art journal as opposed to a working workhorse type of visual journal. Preparations are under way for that project. Associated with this is I think the biggest link round up I have ever done.
Throughout the year I managed to produce a postcard a month for the 6 x 4 lives challenge which aims to produce a fiber postcard once a month that records what you have been exploring, doing, or thinking about. I think the postcard I most like in the series are these two duelling fiddlers. The idea of using stitching as a graphic mark has always interested me and I would like to push this further.
Other things done include providing some free paisley designs.
I also started a my café press store offering limited edition products.
Flicking back through the months in this blog there is plenty of more activity so I don’t really have any cause for feeling that I have not stitched that much as I have. There is an advantage to documenting my year in a blog as I don’t forget what I do do! It is useful to take time out for a personal review and list what you have done as it is easily forgotten in a busy life. What have you done in the past year and what do you plan to do next year? Leave a comment or blog your answer it is an interesting exercise.