Take it Further challenge for August

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


  1. I’ve been playing catchup and finally finished my August TIF. For the theme of balance, I wanted to try to capture the essence of the praying mantis that hid in our marigolds during the summer. It was a cream colored praying mantis so it was difficult to spot. However, every time I watered, it would come out and balance itself among the leaves. It was really fascinating to watch it – it balanced itself among the flowers so gracefully. And sometimes I wondered who was watching whom!

    Photo is posted on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/celeste_embroidery/

  2. Well, I finally posted my “Kinda” August TIF. I took up the challenge of balance and decided that I needed to balance my life as I was feeing overwhelmed and I was starting to put off doing the projects that I needed to do. I did not do any challenges in August and I made three gifts that I needed to get done. I’ve posted the results of what I did for my balance challenge. Take a look at my blog to see what I completed.


    I already have ideas on what to do for the September challenge and will start to work on it tomorrow.

  3. Last day of the month, didn’t make it to finish it entirely, but I posted a picture on my blog, because it’s nearly finished, my TIF August. I’ve seen lots of your finished TIFs and again they’re wonderful and inspiring. Thank you! Come and see mine, post your thoughts!

  4. Hi Sharon
    I have finished my block for August–I have struggled a bit this month mainly because I have been sick for 2 weeks with the flu that seems to be sweeping Canberra.
    Thanks again for the tip that you gave me about using a straw needle it has been great.

  5. LOL Teddi definitely needs this activity! August is finished (almost) and I have learned to watch for balance in different aspects of my life – in work, as well as in other areas. Even in laying out the design elements for a needlepoint crazy quilt!

  6. I discovered your site from a member of my challenge group which is sadly disbanding/disbanded.
    I would like to request that I be placed on the waiting list to join please.
    Your site looks very interesting and helpful to my growth as an artist.
    The August challenge has me thinking….I just completed my first two weeks of my new school year and next week will be the mother of the Groom! πŸ˜‰
    Talk about balance…… ;-)lol ….
    Thanks for considering me.

  7. I’ve blogged about my August TIF here http://bilsblog.blogspot.com . What I didn’t mention is that I used my studio journal (Blatant plug for Sharon’s excellent Joggles course)to explore different interpretations before coming up with this design. Nor did I say that I carried on playing with ideas and came up with a much more satisfactory design … another time perhaps. But at least I have a record that I can find again!

  8. Sharon – I have blogged my August challenge. I wasn’t sure I would make it but have done so with a week to spare. I look forward to what you think up for September. This challenge has certainly ensured that I have done some embroidery each month – thankyou again.

  9. I haven’t started the CQ purse yet in the colors, but found yet another of my favorites in color and subject matter – a canvas by Inge Wooley that she gave me. Iznik ceramics! I really need to find balance in my stitching time – much is work, and I forget to do it for enjoyment!

  10. What wonderful colors and what a great theme! I hope I can make time to work on this one in the next couple of weeks. I haven’t been able to touch the challenges since May due to problems with (can you believe it?) balance in my life. I’ll babble more about that on my blog later this morning.


  11. I just put up my July Tif. Make sure you enlarge the second and third images on the right so they show up square as intended to be seen. Typepad showed them as square on the preview.
    I love the colors for the August Tif and the topic is very thought provoking. Terry

  12. Being someone who works with symbols a lot in my work it’s got to be Yin and Yang for me.
    Although I do hope I can have a different take on this. It’s about priorities. What do I make a priority in my life? Good question. It should be to organise, as my life has always been chaotic, but it isn’t, it should be to get enough sleep and exercise, but it isn’t. Well, how to portray this in a piece of work, possibly using a symbolic interpretation such as Yin and Yang, well now there’s a challenge for me. Not sure if I will pull this one off, but I’ll have a go. Good one Sharon, now you have me examining my life, not so sure that I want to, lol. Thanks for the challenge though. Cheers Tricia

  13. Jacqueline
    Your comment never appeared at my end of the system. All I can think of is that there was a database hic up on the servers at wordpress.
    Sorry I have no control over it.
    You are the only person who has sad they have had this problem so lets hope it is a temporary glitch and wont happen again

  14. Balance – interesting concept for someone who has hearing problems. After all the sense of balance is based in the ears. Also the balance between doing things correctly and doing things in a new way. I will have a long hard think about that. The colours really appeal to me, very rich looking, not my usual colour palette so a real challenge. Grace

    Grace Lister
  15. Almost scary when I read the challenge and know immediately what I want to do with it. LOL This is a topic I give a lot of thought to, working at achieving that balance in my life. Now off to stitch, an area of my life that might be just a teensy bit out of balance. Do you think?

  16. Judy’s idea, above, sounds wonderful!! My initial thought is to make something that will fit my blog http://justenoughtime.wordpress.com, because that’s really what the blog is about: finding the balance in my life with just enough time for all the things I find important. Not sure how that will come out visually or what medium I’ll use, but I’ll be thinking about it today.

    Rev Deb
  17. Love the photo of your threads, these are so lush and rich.
    Balance – something I wish I could attain as I always seem to have too much to do and too little time for everything I am trying to do. I would say that I am in a constant state of movement if I stop I fall off or drop things, I have to keep moving from one thing to another so that I get something done on each thing, wether it’s housework, projects etc, and hope that i eventually fiish soemthing by it’s deadline.

    I would say I am balancing very precariosly on a tightrope whilst juggling many different things and hoping I don’t drop anything or fall off.
    hmmm juggling/tightrope/balance – think I have a design idea … off to work in my journal πŸ˜‰

  18. Beautiful colors – one of my favorite schemes, and reminds me of the Japanese Imari porcelains I started my needlepoint designing with so many years ago. I will apply the same colors to what I’m doing now with crazy quilt in needlepoint. As for “balance” – will have to think on that one. (According to my children, I am a bit UNbalanced.)

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