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Take It Further Needlework / Textile Challenge


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Sharon Bogan of In a Minute Ago has announced on her blog an intriguing and exciting needlework challenge for next year.

If you read her blog, you know that this year, she ran the challenge called “Take a Stitch Tuesday,” where each week, she posted a new embroidery stitch and readers spent the week practicing and interpreting the stitch, then posted photos on their sites and linked back to the challenge. Those who stuck with the challenge all year long are certainly worthy of admiration!

Well, for 2008, Sharon proposes a “Take it Further” challenge. This will be a monthly (rather than weekly) challenge. The idea is that on the first of each month, Sharon will post a concept or a color or shape scheme, and stitchers around the globe will have a month to interpret the concept or the scheme, or both, in some kind of work: embroidery, crazy quilting, other textile or fabric arts, visual journal pages, and so forth – practically any medium creative and textile-related goes. The participants then post photos of their work on their websites or photo-hosting accounts.

I hope to keep up with the 2008 challenge (the 2007 Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge moved too fast for my other workload!). From what I’ve seen, the challenges end up being a great source for inspiration, and really fun to keep up with!

I thought some readers here might also be interested in taking a look at the challenge – and signing up.

The information about the challenge can be found on Sharon’s blog, under Take it Further Challenge.


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