Take it Further in June

Take it Further in June

Recently a group for stash busting was started in the stitchin fingers community. This reminded me once again of just how lucky we are to have a ‘stash’. Most fiber folks have them. We draw on our stashes to make items or add to projects.

They are either purchased or scavenged materials that have accumulated over time and as such they often have a story to tell. Or it is possibly more correct to say that stashes are full of stories. The interesting thing for textile practitoners is that these materials can take on another story. They can be made into something new and take on other meanings in someones life.

Stashes also act as signifiers of wealth. Not only is the obvious wealth of what the stash actually costs to have and house but there is the psychological wealth of a stash because a stash is full of possibilities. While material is uncut it is rich with possible uses. Once you have committed to using it the material moves from being something that is full of potential to a project

So this month the idea to think about is stories that are and stories that are possible.

The colour scheme was taken from this photo of a stash of sinks I discovered at our local recycling depot. I thought it fitted the idea as I am sure if they could speak what stories they could tell! Even if the colour scheme produced by Colourlovers is a little on the pink side I am sure it will make for an interesting challenge. 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 set up a 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 stitchin fingers community please do, as we have grown. Since start up two weeks ago just over 450 members are hanging out there all sorts of challenges, swaps and stitch alongs have started. There is a even a Take it Further group which has formed there too! So do take time to see it and join in on the fun


  1. I just posted my June piece. I decided to use this subject because it some what matched the color pallet and I felt it was a good subject.

    i enjoyed trying some new techniques also.

    Judy <

    Judy Momenzadeh
  2. I’ve uploaded my challenge piece to flickr. I started out the month with one idea, sketched it out and worked out fabric and colors. And then something else fell in my lap, like kismet and I had to follow that idea instead. It’s just a small piece but you know how it is when something’s bugging you, and you can’t concentrate on anything else until you start working on it and then once you start you have to finish it!


  3. I have just started my June challenge piece. Having a stash of Angelina fabrics already to hand, I have added a large piece to a block of silk oddments and have worked out an idea for leaves growing out of the stash. So far, so good. What next? My mind is humming with ideas at present. Grace

    Grace Lister
  4. I’m afraid I missed out on May’s challenge due to other commitments, but I hope to do it before long. I’m going to combine 2 challenges this time and I shall use the embellisher to use some of my fast growing stash of fabrics and fibres suitable for felting. I have added a few thoughts on stashes on Digital Gran just now.

  5. I would like to join in the Take IT Further Challenges please. I would enjoy having a challenge to meet each month and extending my experimental work after doing so much straightforward embroidery. Grace

    Grace Lister
  6. There have been some interesting pieces done already. I am feeling pleased that I have at last started my June TIF – I tried to add a comment at TIF page for May to say that I had put my second version of May TIF on my blog and onto Flickr.

  7. Sharon,
    I am writing to ask your permission to include one image of your work in the Wikipedia article on Crazy Quilting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_quilting

    I think the article would be greatly improved by more images to exemplify the text. And your work with lace, buttons and silk embroidery is an excellent example. I can not include your pictures without your permission. I also want to begin a collection of crazy quilt images in the related site Wikimedia. Currently, there are no images of crazy quilts on this site.

    Let me know what you think.

    Maria McKenna
  8. Hello Sharon and all other bloggers,
    I’m sorry, but I will be dropping out of the TIF challenge; I have to many activities and I am not getting on well enough with the weekly submissions… and I will be moving over June-July… too many things all at once. So I am making room for somebody with more time and inspiration.
    I have discovered many nice blogs thanks to this challenge and I hope some will keep on visiting mine.
    Bonne continuation


  9. Well, I’ve come up with something, and started it with great pleasure, not finished yet, but I can show some of it on my blog together with my thought about the TIF June. Ever heard of the EUROPEAN SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP? See my blog!

  10. Love those sinks! I’ve blogged about my progress on May ( still needs some stitching) and my thoughts on June. I’m continuing what is turning into a theme on botanical labels – in this case a load of discarded metal tags and the stories they tell about the plants named.

  11. I am amused at seeing the word “possibilities” used here in reference to one’s stash. This is exactly why I named my feature article in Needlepoint Now (as well as my blog) “POSSIBILITIES!” Also – Emily Dickinson said “Dwell in Possibility” Having the art crazy quilters to inspire me, the possibilities are, indeed, endless for my little creations in needlepoint – so I feel rather justified in having this enormous hoard of fibers and beads, etc. In the last few months, my goal has been to use these things and not run to the LNS for more – quite a challenge!! I love it.

  12. Some thoughts come to mind immediately. Since I’m moving during June I’ll be doing something small and portable (another story in the making). And I think I’ll use stash items.

    Thanks, Sharon

  13. I love the color palette and the theme! I instantly knew what I want to do. I plan to use both. I just have to figure out how. I am so enjoying this challenge; it has been such a good learning experience for me.


    Judy Momenzadeh
  14. I am back! I am still working on the Feb. challenge, put it aside, emotionally reached a difficult stagnation but am seeing it again with new light. March is done but not backed, however there is some replacement needed due to a catastrophe, as my cat ate the end of the wishbone I’d attached (A ture new version of the dog ate my homework)wo my husband is cooking a chicken this weekend to remedy the situation, I have all the April pieces ready and theme done and know what I want to do. May I am skipping for the obvious reasons of the last three. And well, I am adoring the June challenge wishfully thinking I can do something wiht this color scheme and theme as well. I’m itching with possibilities!

    laura lea
  15. What a surprising picture for the challenge. Although I’m behind (not unusual for me) I’ve been thinking about the challenges and watching everyone’s progress.

    I’ve taken a few pictures lately that were just for the colors in the picture. Maybe they will turn into future CQ blocks. I probably wouldn’t have taken this picture myself – but it will be a challenge to use just these colors.

  16. Another month, another color shade chart posted to my blog – to freely share with everyone.

    These colors are very calm and I think I know what I’m going to do, but will get back to everyone later if the idea works.

    Enjoy the chart!!! Hugs, Diane

  17. You have outdone yourself again!!! I do not get to post much, but my brain is usually thinking of something to do with this challenge or one of the others I am involved in. I’m hoping that inspiring thought will count—This months colors are —- a real challenge. Haven’t given the concept thought yet. Thanks for inspiring me to think outside the box.

  18. Pfew, this is a difficult one, but very interesting though…stories that are and that are possible…a rather positive thought, when you think of it! Any story can be positive if you want it to…I’ll come up with something, bu sure of that! Thank you Sharon!!!

  19. Although I sort of “bowed out” of the challenge because of time constraints, I am going to try something this month. This is actually a calming palette, and also one men are very comfortable with.

    Your thoughts about “stashes” are quite timely though. One’s stash really is about “possibilities,” and we are indeed fortunate these days to have them.

  20. Sharon — I have not posted much to my blog recently but I have been working on the last two challenges. I am intrigued by the idea of stories, I spent far more time thinking about change and what I call myself than stitching. I am going to try and do some catching up. Jenny

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