Take it Further January 2008

Well hear it is. I believe I made this months challenge by the skin of my teeth.  It is 10:10 pm central time on January 31st!  Nevertheless, I did it.  This is my very first stumpwork piece.  This is also the first time I hand dyed my own thread.  The picots, the bulrushes were another first.  This first challenge has been a learning experience.  Although I haven’t mounted my project yet, and it still could use a few details, I would appreciate any feed back from our challengers. I wanted to get this piece in before midnight.  Thank you Ms Sharon for allowing me to paticipate.  I don’t think , I’ll get as detailed on all the challenges.  I would also like to mention Stitch magazine for the pattern.  I feel confident enough now to come up with my own design.   Make sure you stop by the In A Minute Ago blog and the Take it Further Challenge to see the wonderful results of this challenge!  Well now I’m ready for February, bring it on!!  Ms Liz….


The Take it Further Challenge

December 17th, 2007

Again, I am excepting the challenge presented to all from the amazing Sharon B.  I intended to take Sharon up on her first challenge Take a Stitch Tuesday and was ready to go, instead I had to deal with an uncooperative gallbladder!  So after thousands of dollars in tests and days of persuading the doctor to help relieve my nausea, my gallbladder and I parted ways on the 7th of September!!  It was a day of sheer delight.  Needless to say by the time I was ready to start stitching again I missed much of the Take a Tuesday Challenge.  So Miss Sharon, I would love to be included in this new challenge.  If there is anyone interested and would like to join in the challenge you can link to SharonB at her In a Minute Ago blog @ http://sharonb.wordpress.com/ or directly to the Challenge page @ http://sharonb.wordpress.com/take-it-further-challenge/.  Below is a direct quote from Sharon’s blog on the details of the challenge.  I’m eagerly awaiting the results and I can’t wait to get to interact with all.   

 Details on the “Take it Further Challenge”, by SharonB

The Challenge, On the 1st of each month I will post key concept. The challenge is to take the idea, develop it and push it towards a resolved design during that month. In other words you interpret the idea and apply it to fiber or paper. Every month there will be two options. The second option will be a colour scheme or a design element like a shape, to develop into a resolved design. This means that 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. The actual project you design can be any thing, in 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. It can also be visual journal work. 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.