The August 2013 Challenge is Tea Time Stem Stitch

You can send in a photo anytime for the July House/Couch stitch challenge.  July 31 is the deadline to be entered into the drawing for a spool of DMC Diamant metallic thread in Light Gold.

Send in your photos to:

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Are you ready for the next challenge?

TEA TIME – STEM STITCH

The details will stay on top of the Challenge page HERE , including a video showing the stem stitch, during the challenge month.

The Pinterest inspiration board can be found HERE. There is a lot of great work on the board and you’ll see many different approaches and ideas.

Some ideas we’ll toss out: Tea Cups, Tea Pots, Embroidery on Tea Bags, Utensils, Cakes, Cup cakes Tea Cosy, Tea Towel, Tea Party, Tea dye some fabric.

Let me know in the comments what your inspiration is and if you’ll be joining us. Good luck and thanks for joining us!

Tea Time

Tea Time

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Jan and Theresa met the challenge

threadAre you working on the house challenge? We’d love to hear from you. Below you’ll see our entries.

Starting this month we’ll be sending out a ‘needle thread cloth’ related goodie to someone randomly chosen who has participated in the challenge. This month’s goodie will be a spool of DMC Diamant metallic thread (hard to find in the US)  in Light Gold. You must send your photo by July 31, 2013 to be eligible for the giveaway. Otherwise you can send in an entry to us anytime with your house/couch stitch entries.

A new challenge will be issued on Thursday, August 1!
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FROM JAN: It was fun to do and loved the way the yarn is all lumpy!  I think the whole thing looks like a Fairy house! This is my entry. I knitted a house shape with some fabulous hand-dyed and spun yarn, added some ‘eyelash’ yarn for the thatched roof, couched some silk variegated thread horizontally, added some sparkle yarn for interest and finished with two quilted/dyed pieces for the door and window. Then I added a heart to the door that says ‘welcome’.

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FROM THERESA: Metallic paints have found their way into my studio and I’ve been making lots of papers with them. A group of them turned into 4″ x 4″ collages with the house as a theme. The couching came in as the outline of the house.

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Kim Tedrow met the challenge, and then some.

We’d like to thank Kim Tedrow for submitting photos and information about her June Floral/French Knot challenge. It’s wonderful that she couldn’t stop working on it until she transformed her piece into a beautiful pouch. To read more about Kim you can visit her blog HERE and her Etsy shop HERE

Kim Tedrow Back

Kim Tedrow

FROM KIM: Several years ago, I scored a major thrift-store coup when I came upon two small plastic organizers filled with embroidery floss in every color. So when I discovered the blog and read the first challenge, I broke out those boxes and dove right in.

My mom taught me to embroider, I remember doing one of those standard “samplers” when I was in grade school, but honestly, I haven’t done much since. I joined the challenge because I have those thrift store boxes of beautifully organized floss in a rainbow of colors and thought the challenge would be an opportunity to play with this gorgeous collection of color.

The biggest problem with this piece was not being able to stop. I literally didn’t stop until I ran out of space on the fabric. And, after all of the hours and hours I spend on the stitching, what was I going to do with it? (Really, all I meant to do was to do a couple of flowers and some French knots and call it good). I decided to make a pouch because the material is durable (old hot pink jeans), and I need a new pouch, one that’s about the right size for my wallet and cell phone.

I used a back pocket from the same pair of jeans to embroider a flap, and used the inseam to create the strap. I tore a good margin around the inseam, folded it over, and closed the raw edges with a blanket stitch. To attach the flap, I used a whip stitch. The cool thing about this being an embroidery piece is that I didn’t have to worry about my stitches showing. With the exception of the lining, which consists of a segment of another pair of jeans, I stitched it all together by hand.

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Kim Tedrow Detail

Kim Tedrow Detail

Kim Tedrow Back

Kim Tedrow Back

Kim Tedrow Front

Kim Tedrow Front

Natalya Aikens – House Commission

Our July challenge for HOUSE/COUCH STITCH is underway and we’d like to share this house commission by Natalaya Aikens. The architecture of St. Petersburg, New York City and her Russian heritage informs her work.

Natalya recently featured this house commission on her blog.  The layering and the maps peeking through are spectacular details.

Copyright Natalya Aikens

Copyright Natalya Aikens

Natalya Aikens

Copyright Natalya Aikens

Natalya Aikens

Copyright Natalya Aikens

Natalya generously explains her process on her blog. There are details as the piece emerged, as it progressed  and as it was finished.

There is a workshop video available through the Cloth Paper Scissors Interweave store if you’d like to get an insider view of her working process.

Please take some time and browse through her website and leave a comment. There is lots of inspiration to be found on her site. Thanks Natalya!

The July 2013 Challenge is House Couch Stitch

Floral French Knots Book Page by Donna Funnell

Floral French Knots Book Page by Donna Funnell

Thanks to everyone who sent in a photo of their June Floral French Knot Challenge work. You can view the work in the Gallery section HERE.  We love the variety of ways everyone met the challenge. The interpretations and styles are interesting and beautiful. You can send in a photo anytime you finish, so don’t worry if it’s not done by today. The email address below is not a link. You will need to type it into your email.

Send to:

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Are you ready for the next challenge?
HOUSE – COUCH STITCH

The details will stay on top of the Challenge page HERE during the month of July for the challenge time.

housesThe Pinterest inspiration board can be found HERE. There is a lot of great work on the board and you’ll see many different approaches from the sweetest simple forms to complex 3 dimensional versions of Houses or Homes.

One can have so much fun with the idea of House or Home. Some ideas we’ll toss out: Home Sweet Home, dog house, bird house, a room, a door, a window, 3D house, 2D house, house of cards, haunted house, country house, cottage, home is where the heart is, Dr. Gregory House, (just seeing if you’re paying attention), castle, glass house, hobbit house, fairy house, igloo, tepee.

Whew. What else can you think of? Let me know in the comment section.

Good luck and thanks for joining us!