It's taken me days and days to get my TAST2012 samples ready for public viewing........LOL..... I posted about my folder here, so won't go into the details of the actual construction now. For some time I've dallied trying to decide how to display the samples in a pleasing and useful way. In the end, I've decided to go with strong card, A4 size, protected by re-useable sleeves. I stitched my samples in such a way so they would fit four to a page. I have the first four samples ready to share today - they have been glued in place.
Of course, I feel such a journal needs a title page, so here it is. Yes, I know, nothing stitched and grand, just some lettering. I do not want to become bogged down with this challenge. If I were to use fabric pages, I would need to do a lot more sewing, possibly using two layers of fabric per page, and insert eyelets at the sides in order to attach said pages to the rings.
Hopefully the sample close-up will help viewers to see the stitching a little better. I have decided to try each of them worked on evenweave, as I really have never done that with these type of stitches, ie I've always used them in a more free form manner. I am quite pleased with the result. Some of them seem to lend themselves well to being worked en masse, and form a very nice all over pattern, and the addition of a few other simple stitches has given them a lift. I am actually seeing them in a totally different light. I am not paying attention to colour co-ordination either, just choosing a thread at will each week, no rhyme or reason, just because - it's rather liberating to be honest.
If you are interested in the samples being worked by others, you can visit http://www.pintangle.com/journal/category/take-a-stitch-tuesday and take yourself on a creative web hop. There are some wonderful examples being worked, so creative, and inspiring. I believe the TAST2012 challenge boasts in excess of 500 participants, so it has obviously caught the attention of many stitchers worldwide. I can't believe tomorrow will be Week 7. I won't be posting samples every week, only when I have a group of four ready to share, so please bear with me.