The Final Challenge is PORTRAIT

The final Needle Thread Cloth Challenge is PORTRAIT.


KIMAKA HARA Visit her site for a cheerful, whimsical tour!

There are many ways to explore the idea of portraits. It could be a self portrait entirely made from scratch or one could use a photo and stitch into it.  A portrait doesn’t have to be literal. It can be a mood piece that describes who you are. It can be a portrait of a pet, a friend, or a family member.

The pinterest inspiration board is HERE. The board has some interesting examples ranging from the über realist portraits by CAYCE ZAVAGLIA  and DANIEL KORNRUMPF to the whimsical and fun portraits of KIMIKA HARA to the curiosity work of DAVID CATA who literally embroiders portraits on his hands.

This month’s challenge is a complex one and we are leaving the choice of stitches to you.  We can see this challenge bringing in some wonderful work, perhaps pet portraits that are stuffed toys, or charming, delicate self portraits. Push yourself to come up with something that describes you or the person or animal that you represent with needle thread and cloth.

This will be a one month challenge and is due on May 31. Please send the photos to


or send a link to your blog or post about the work. We look forward to the results of the PORTRAIT challenge.

Please leave a comment on this post if you plan to join the challenge. If you leave a comment, we believe it makes more of a commitment to the project which is good for you,  plus this is our FINAL challenge!




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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.

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Are you ready for the next challenge?

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!