Hi Sharon, yes I’m still in the challenge, always a week or two behind but just about keeping up. I’ve found it really useful to find a whole range of stitches I can use in future. At the moment the samples are all just slipped into plastic folders along with the pages printed off your blog but I’m pondering whether to put them together in some sort of book once the challenge is over.
I am still stitching … and I have actually done at least a tiny bit of each stitch … sometimes a week or 3 late … (but I have done a tiny bit of last week’s stitch) … there are a few (quite a few actually) of the stitches that I want to play with at least a bit more when I have time – I have been a bit busy with other things for the last couple of months (Quilt and textile exhibitions for groups I am part of), so my stitching has been minimal and my blogging has been even more minimal … I hope to catch up and take pictures of/scan a few more stitches and blog it all in the next week or 3 … unless something else comes up to keep me too busy (sigh) …
disorganised in Dunlop (a suburb of Canberra, Australia … maybe I should just call myself “disorganised Downunder” when I am talking to an international audience?)
Hi Sharon, I re did week 37 and have posted the Rice Stitch to my blog. Now for the this week’s Knotted Buttonhole. See I got it right today. 🙂
I have been late posting at times but have completed all of the TAST and look forward to the rest of the year. I know there’s a lot of work involved on your part – just reading the blogs is time taking- and I for one really appreciate what you do.
Hi Sharon, I still do the tast stitch every week and I enjoy it very much.
Right now I am writing on my blog that I will be away for a couple of weeks but I will catch up when I come home. Thank you very much for your afford to put a new stitch on your blog every week.
I have jury duty today, so I hope to start FINALLY adding to the eye candy
around here. I have 2 bead projects in the works-dragon and unicorn that are coming along, but I want to concentrate on catching up with the stitches today.
Nina at Madhatter’s Mess on Flikr
Still taking part and still enjoying the challenge. I enjoy using flickr and also find it a great visual resource in itself. I dont surf the webring anymore which I find hardwork but I do look at the links people post and enjoy seeing other peoples experiments. Things do seem a bit quiet on flickr at the momment but thought that mighht just be the change of season. http://flickr.com/photos/helenad/
I’m still going too Sharon. I’ve done some of last week’s and am just looking to see what this week’s stitch is. There’s a pic on my blog of some of the recent ones though not the last 2. I’m still working down a long strip, the second one, which happens to be longer than the first one. A friend has turned me some handles to make the strips into scrolls eventually. I’ve not been so inspired lately regarding different possibilities for the stitches, but that seems to be a general state at the moment, which I put down to moving house and home rather drastically from north to south! But I am still loving the actual execution of the stitches and trying them in different threads at least if not a lot more. (Also enjoying working through Sumptuous Stitches course, slowly!)
I plan on starting the TASTs real soon – I did a couple at the start but they were taking too long to do (given my work and social commitments) so I have been giving it some thought. My plan now is to make 52 ATCs – one for each stitch.
Mind you I might have to get a picture account (e.g. flickr) in order to show them to everyone.
I’m still stitching either. I had to skip a few stitches along the way, and done less than I would like with others, but right now I’m back to weekly stitching and regular blog posts. I won’t have that much time for the rest of the year, but I’ll try my best.
Hi Sharon, I might not actually do a lot of stitching at the moment, 2007 has certainly been challenging our family, but I am a regular reader of your blog, try EVERY DAY. I really missed you while you had your much needed rest! I jump in and stitch when I can, so I’d like to stay on the Roll. I PROMISE to stitch week 38 and 37 by the end of the week and blog them
OK, now I can concentrate on my client’s work for a couple of days. I’ve posted my week 37 and 38 samples on my blog. I feel quite chirpy now, let’s see if I can maintain the momentum for a few weeks, eh? Oh, and “Ahoy me mateys! Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day t’ye all !”
Hooroo, Christine. http://missmuffettwo.blogspot.com/
I didn’t originally sign up for the challenge, but I’ve been enjoying seeing what has been going on.
We just started a new year in homeschool and I’m considering having my daughter do a unit on textiles. I can see the take a stitch would be a great resource to start her on embroidery with. Do you have any suggestions for further resources? (She’s a great deal like me – we both want to know how to use techniques but we do not want strict rules about what to make with those techniques! Artsy rebels – that’s us.)
Welcome back, Sharon. Today I was able to download TAST for this week. Yes, I’m still doing the stitches, though I got a little behind during Sumptuous Surfaces. I’m catching up now and plan to continue through the rest of the year. This has been a great learning experience, and I’ve made friends along the way. Thanks to you.
Virginia I can not think of anything else quite like TAST that could be used for home schooling . Can anyone else think of any other embroidery /textiles challenges or sites that can be adapted to the needs of those who home school?
Although I sort of fell by the wayside in the past month or so, I’ll be joining in on the fun once again since I have my blocks all ready to go! Glad to have you back again full strength (and I love your picture)!
I just wanted to quickly answer your question about the personal Library of stitches course –
I have designed it so that people can work at their own rate and the written materials are very comprehensive. That said I suggest that student allocate at least 2-3 hours a week to explore the ideas in this course. If you have more time there is plenty to do in them! If you fall behind you can always return to them later as everything you need is them. (They print out at around 200 pages all up so its like a book) The advantage of the course if that you develop design skills as well as stitching skills and the forums are always active. I am sure past students will agree with me that feedback from me is valuable and you learn much from seeing what other students do!
I’m here and I’m working away! I got all caught up just before I took my computer in for repairs and will post what I’ve done in the next day or so. Thanks!!
Mary Anne http://magpiesmumblings.blogspot.com
For homeschoolers, Google Books have several excellent home economics and sewing textbooks from the late 1800’s/early 1900’s. Some of them include a whole curriculum yet are very adaptable to your interest. I’ve actually thought about working through one of them myself.
Happy to see your posts cropping up again after your break and to hear that you had a pleasant time.
I’m still stitching in the TSTC and learning more every week. My blog is falling silent 9/22 while I run away for vacation. I’m planning to be back by 10/6. I’ve posted some entries on the knotted buttonhole bars.
Turning a corner here: Cindy, I took the PLS class last year and I can confirm what Sharon said. Also the material is well written so that when referring to it after class was over I’ve been able to make progress and learn stitches or ideas I didn’t pick during class due to lack of time and so forth.
Sharon, not sure where Virginia is from, but here in NSW our Embroiderers’ Guild runs a correspondence course for kids over 8 years. I’m not sure about other Guilds, but we do have one overseas member in Singapore, so we are prepared to post lessons worldwide. The kids get everything including fabric, thread and needles, coloured instructions etc. 3 lesson per year priced at $75 AUD, at own pace, and several of our students are home schooled. Might suit Virginia’s daughter, the link is http://www.embgdnsw.org.au/news_ytfg_distance.htm (hope that will work for you, include the m which has dropped down)
Still tagging along! I’m meeting the challenge in my own way and time, but still plan to reach the finish line with the rest of the pack. Meanwhile I’m back to blogging and results of what stitches I did get done this summer. You can read about my angst-ridden experience trying to access TAST assignments in “My Summer Vacation – Part 2”; I think I may give new meaning to Separation Anxiety Disorder!
I’m still here. Often a little late in posting but I’ve worked all the stitches and am thoroughly enjoying learning so many new ones. My binder is really getting full and I may have to use a second one to hold everything LOL especially since I’ve decided to revamp my stitch layout to also include the printoffs I’ve made on the “how-to’s” of some of the stitches. What a journal I’ll have when the year is up!!!! http://normasneedles.blogspot.com
I am not sure if I have the right-hand side of this stitch working right. It is getting the needle in the right way that muddles me.
I try and work the right hand side like a backward buttonhole. All my work on the flower is done holding the centre nearest me.
Sharon — I am behind — I need to start with the Shisha stitch and catch up — but I am still working on TAST. I am glad that you found a copy of your mystery book at the book sale — what a great book. My copy is a library discard also.
Hi Sharon, I have just finished my knotted buttonhole band, had a few problems with it but I think I finally worked it out, doing the second side took some thought. on my blog http://backvalleyseasons.blogspot.com
Hi Sharon, I’ve just posted my knotted buttonhole band. Had a little bit of a problem working the righthand side but think I finally got the gist of it. You can see it here: http://normasneedlez.blogspot.com